Week 6: Conferences with the Crew

May 06, 2019

Most of this week consisted of conferences with the PI and some project staff members.

Starting Monday I was assigned by my project advisor to station myself at the NYU Langone Radiology Center just a short walk away from where I normally work to attend a group conference covering the protocol for Phase 2 recruitment, which is aimed to begin in around two weeks. We went over safety protocol the first day, including how project staff will be split into different groups and assigned to stay within certain areas of Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. We also went over what to do if someone is injured, and established any emergency contacts for project staff just in case one of us gets lost or if we run out of recruitment materials such as flyers and handouts.

On Tuesday, I participated in another conference  about the etiquette for contacting our participants whether it be for reminders, appointment confirmations, or general outreach. Although it was challenging for us to agree on a proper way to contact our participants throughout that week, project staff and I eventually came to an agreement that messages would be sent to participants via social media, particularly Instagram, as a large majority of participants from our Community Advisory Board (a group that consists of representatives of our study population) along with information gathered from other studies focusing on youth participation stated that youth would prefer to be contacted via their Instagram account as that is one of the most popular forms of communication for adolescents. For participants that don’t have an Instagram account, Project YESS will contact them on either Facebook (if they use it) or via text message. In order to prepare for this method of communication, project staff and I spent time developing the Project YESS Instagram and Facebook accounts while also creating an organized database that held all of the contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) of our participants.

On Thursday I began to write the outline for my paper that will focus on identifying the sociological risks black and latino youth have toward contracting HIV/AIDS along with other STDs. I also began searching for sources to put in my outline that provide strategies to developing a fully-effective and tailored intervention program for young minorities.


3 Replies to “Week 6: Conferences with the Crew”

  1. Devon B. says:

    These are some very exciting developments! I’ve also been really involved in the participant recruitment process and have came across a few obstacles. What was the biggest challenge that arose at the conference regarding participant recruitment?

    1. Ryah A. says:

      For the most part the biggest challenge is recruiting both members of a couple. Since this is a couple based study, it is essential for most of our data to be derived from couples. When recruiting, we usually find one person (Index Partner) and ask them if they are interested in participating. If they say they would like to participate and are eligible based on Project YESS guidelines, we then give them information for their partner (Nominated Partner) to fill out and contact us. However, it has been common for the index partner to forget to relay the message to the nominated parter, thus causing a slight delay in or recruitment process.

  2. Peter S. says:

    Hi Ryah, it sounds like Project YESS is moving fast. Good idea of using social media as a mode of communication. It is amazing how many different ways people can get in touch nowadays.

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