Mixed-Methods with Teens: A Research Imperative

Mixed-methods research and adolescent males aren’t often paired in the same sentence. However, they could – and should – be! Join Dr. Judith Herrman and Katie Haigh from the University of Delaware and Christopher Moore from the Department of Family and Community Medicine as they present their research evaluating the impact of the Wise Guys Male Responsibility program. This interactive, grand rounds-style session will present data collection methods, quantitative and qualitative research findings, and a variety of lessons learned.

Dr. Judy Herrman is an advocate for youth locally and nationally. As a nurse, educator, and researcher, Judy has worked with and for teens and young adults to address teen pregnancy prevention, sexuality education, prevention of teen dating violence, and access to reproductive health services. Judy served on the Delaware Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board, Delaware Senate Task for the Prevention of Teen Dating Violence, Delaware Girls Initiative, and various roles with the Delaware Adolescent Program (DAPI). Judy currently serves as secretary of the Delaware School Based Health Alliance, on the Wilmington Teen Pregnancy Coalition, and on the Board of Directors. She also chairs the Public Policy Committee for the Healthy Teen Network, a national organization charged with promoting better outcomes for adolescents and young adults. Judy will retire in August 2017 from the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware (UD) after 24 years of teaching and research.

Christopher Moore is the Senior Program Manager, Community Health, for Christiana Care Health System’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Mr. Moore has oversight of staff, programming and evaluation for the department’s grant-funded initiatives which aim to improve the public health across the lifespan. These programs include the Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, one the largest statewide providers of evidence-based reproductive health education; Camp FRESH, a nationally recognized program for urban youth; and Christiana Care’s Health Ambassador Program, which provides access to education and resources for new and expectant mothers. Mr. Moore also co-leads two of the health system’s integrated practice teams; one of which is focused on LGBT patient health equity, the other on increased access to long-acting, reversible contraceptives. He has been collaborating with colleagues from the University of Delaware since 2014 on a robust, mixed-methods evaluation of the Wise Guys Male Responsibility curriculum, the results of which have been presented nationally.

Katie Haigh has been certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has worked as a Nurse Practitioner since 2007. Most of her clinical work has been in the field of reproductive endocrinology, although she has worked with both adults and children throughout her 16-year career as a nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 2001, her Master of Science degree in Nursing specializing in family healthcare from the University of Delaware in 2007, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. Katherine has a passion for educating young adults on wellness and how to prepare for family building in the future. She has also been able to participate in research focusing on adolescent sexual decision making and teen intimate partner violence. In the future, Katherine would like to continue her research looking at clinical differences in young adults who may have an impaired fertility potential, and how this will impact their overall health and decision making in the future regarding family building and fertility preservation.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the Value Institute Events page or the ACCEL website, or subscribe to the ID Series mailing list.

Contact Sarahfaye Dolman at sarahfaye.f.dolman@christianacare.org with any questions.