Tag: RAAPS reports

3 Tips for Even Stronger Connections with Youth

You know the scenario: you administered the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) risk assessment and are ready to meet with youth to confidently discuss their identified risks. But how do you start the conversation? And once it’s started, how do you help guide them towards healthier behaviors?

Coaching youth toward behavior change is arguably just as important (if not more important) as the risk screening. Luckily, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is here to help. MI has been studied extensively and shown to be an effective approach with youth to reduce risks (like substance abuse, unintentional injuries and unsafe sexual behaviors). Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine if improving your MI skills would be helpful in guiding your youth towards safer behaviors:

  1. What are you doing to connect with youth? MI helps create the spirit of how you’re talking with youth; it shows commitment to evidence-based strategies and helps improve quality of services.
  2. How are you communicating with youth on identified risk behaviors? MI equips you with strategies to improve your ability to discuss identified risks and motivate youth toward healthy decisions.
  3. How are you cultivating your skills in working with youth? Youth risk is different than adult risk, which means you’re going to need specific skills. That’s why adolescent-specific MI training is so important. MI creates an environment that allows youth to disclose information about their risk behaviors, improve their motivation to change, and seek advice on how to do so. Dynamic and engaging MI workshops can help you improve your skills in using MI to more effectively motivate the youth you serve.

 Before you can coach youth on risk reduction, you need to know the risks! RAAPS is a reliable and validated assessment and coaching tool that quickly identifies risk behaviors in youth and provides simple health messages to support behavior change and ongoing discussion with a professional; it’s developed especially for the needs of youth…and the professionals (like you) who care for them.

To learn more about how Adolescent-focused MI Training can facilitate those important conversations and help youth build positive attitudes, language, and actions, check out our newly released whitepaper: Adolescent-focused Motivational Interviewing (MI): Making the case for more effective communication with youth.

For more information on scheduling an MI Training at your organization, contact us at info@pos4chg.org.


RAAPS versus GAPS and other homegrown risk screening tools

People pose the “why?” question every day. Why should I invest the time, energy and resources into an adolescent risk screening and counseling technology? We may be biased, but our answer is simple: why not?

Before we dive into the several reasons why thousands of sites nationwide find tremendous value of integrating RAAPS into their practice or program, here is the 140-character, tweet-friendly definition of RAAPS: a standardized, validated risk assessment and behavior change counseling tool to support health professionals working with adolescents.

In simplified language, we make it easy for health professionals to do their job. We partner with clinicians, counselors and other providers who are passionate about improving adolescent health. Our partners—like school-based health centers, pediatric offices, sexual health clinics, schools, etc.—operate within a preventative-oriented culture (not crisis-oriented) and genuinely care about identifying risks, improving outcomes and changing lives. It’s not for the faint of heart.

RAAPS can make you money

“Say what?!” (Please excuse our language. Sometimes we find the way teens speak kind of catchy.) Yes, our leading risk assessments can save you money. How?

  • RAAPS dramatically improves the productivity of your existing staff and the effectiveness of your operations. You will no longer have to sit face-to-face with your patient, ask the sometimes-awkward questions, record the data, then figure out how to best counsel the patient to promote positive behavior change. RAAPS saves a provider’s time by flagging potential risk behaviors and offering health message talking points to guide the conversation.
  • By using a standardized, validated tool (RAAPS) to screen adolescents each month, the cloud-based system may be able to pay for itself. Assuming an average insurance reimbursement rate of $5 per administration, your sites would need to use the system with only 10 patients per month in order to recover the cost of using the system. #winning

RAAPS’ real-time tracking and easy to use reporting measures outcomes

Can your risk screening tool do this? If it’s not RAAPS, the answer is likely no. Access to individual and population data allows you to identify trends and assess your intervention effectiveness. Plus, data gathered can be helpful when applying for grants and gaining additional funding.

RAAPS asks the right questions

The risk landscape is always changing and unfortunately widening, which is why we continue to update or modify our questions to elicit honest responses from teens. Other risk screening tools, such as GAPS, hasn’t been updated since the early 2000’s. The way teens speak and the risks they’re involved in have changed drastically since the era of Boy Meets World and Backstreet Boys. At Possibilities for Change, we continue to identify issues and areas that are harmful to a teen’s health and well-being. One of the many beautiful things about RAAPS is that all questions are scientifically validated—and we used teens to help us refine the actual questions so that they were more understandable and relevant! Unlike most homegrown tools, the RAAPS youth-friendly patient portal includes audio and bilingual health messages features to increase health literacy.

The 21-question RAAPS assessment falls within seven risk categories identified by the CDC as contributing to adolescent morbidity and mortality. The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine has our back, citing RAAPS as one of their important resources, handouts, toolkits and treatment protocols for healthcare providers to use in their practices.

In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, the manner and method of how we ask is just as important as what we ask. When it comes to discussions around things like sexual behavior and alcohol use, teens are more honest and comfortable answering to a tablet or other technology than an adult. The assessment takes about 5 minutes to complete—a better alternative to other assessments out there that take more than a half hour. Ain’t nobody got time for that! (We warned you.)

Learn more about RAAPS at possibilitiesforchange.com or drop us a line at info@pos4chg.org.

FAQ: What Reports Can I Generate? (part 2)

This is the second of a two-week blog post on RAAPS reporting capabilities.  Let’s take a further look into the second set of reporting functions on adolescent risk behaviors. 

Responses Report ~ Choose timeframe (start and end dates) and a demographic data element from the drop down box: age, race/ethnicity, insurance, group, language or sex; click “generate report” and report will show number of youth completing survey in each area chosen. >>View report

Risk Ranking ~ Choose timeframe (start and end dates) and report will generate a list of the RAAPS risk questions, ranked by the question (risk behavior) most reported by youth to the question (risk behavior) least reported. Report can also be generated by demographic element. >>View report

Youth Risk Statistics ~ Choose timeframe (start and end dates) and report will generate number of surveys with number (0-21) of identified risks. Also calculates % of surveys with number of identified risks. >>View report

Risk Over Time ~ Youth who have completed more than one RAAPS survey will be included in this report, along with number of surveys completed, and minimum and maximum score. When you click on an individual registration number, full details of each of the surveys completed will be shown and available for export. >>View summary report
>>View detail report

If you are interested in learning about all reporting functions, visit the RAAPS website or view a demonstration of the RAAPS reports and how they are used. 

Have a question you would like featured in the RAAPS FAQ blog post series? Comment on our blog below or email us.

FAQ: What Reports Can I Generate? (part 1)

RAAPS has a variety of reporting capabilities. Let’s take a look at a few reports on adolescent risk behaviors.

Ad-hoc Report ~ Choose a question 1-21, highlight each set of data you would like included in the report. You may choose one or all sets of data to generate a report. If demographic data elements are chosen, the report will generate an additional % for the identified risk behavior distributed by the data elements chosen (Ex: #14 Have you ever had sex? Data elements of male and female were chosen. Report will generate % of males reporting having had sex, % of females reporting having had sex, % males reporting no history, % females reporting no history. In addition this report will also include a column with only those youth reporting having had sex and the % males and % females within this group). >>View report

Question Reports ~ Allows you to choose a RAAPS question 1-21 and timeframe for when surveys were completed (start and end dates). Report will generate number of youth answering “yes”, their registration ID numbers, and date survey was taken as well as all youth answering “no”, their ID numbers, and date survey was taken. Examples for use of this data include targeting clients for individual or group interventions based on their risk behaviors (example: smoking cessation group), and for targeted continuous quality improvement plans (CQIP) when reviewing charting, protocols, and standards of care for a particular health risk behavior (example: depression, sexual activity standards of care). >>View report

All Entered Youth ~ Demographic information that has been entered into the system will populate, whether or not a survey was completed by that youth. A total is calculated at the top of this report. >>View report

Completed Surveys ~ Report including all information entered for and by individual youth. >>View report

The next weekly blog post will feature additional reporting functions.  If you are interested in learning about all reporting functions, visit the RAAPS website or view a demonstration of the RAAPS reports and how they are used. 

Have a question you would like featured in the RAAPS FAQ blog post series? Comment on our blog below or email us.