Stephanie Craig Rushing

Quarter 2

1. Briefly restate the specific aims or objectives associated with this project.

Aim 1. Carry out formative research to evaluate the quality and usability of the mental health messages delivered by We R Native through its multimedia messaging channels (including the http://www.weRnative.org website, the Ask Auntie Q&A service, our text messaging service, and our social media platforms) with 45+ AI/AN youth 15-24 years old.

Aim 2. Rigorously test whether We R Native’s messages impact youth norms, intentions, self-efficacy and behaviors related to mental health, resilience, and cultural pride; as well as the relative impact of each communication channel (including its website, Ask Auntie Q&A service, text messaging service, and social media channels) and user engagement.

2. Tell us about the anticipated or real-time impact of this project.

Research investigating the effectiveness of social media- and text-based interventions has yet to focus on mental health outcomes for AI/AN youth. As a result, there are no rigorously evaluated interventions using these ubiquitous messaging platforms and technologies. The BRAVE study will focus on widely-available communication platforms that have not been widely studied in relation to adolescent mental health. Our intervention will reach 1,500 AI/AN Native teens and young adults nationwide.

3. Tell us about problems encountered, changes to your approach, and reasons behind these changes.

We anticipated interviewing 45 AI/AN teens and young adults (10+ who have used the website, 10+ who’ve used our Ask Auntie Q&A service, 10+ who have used our text messaging service, and 10+ who have used our social media platforms). Through the interest form and first 9 interviews, we are finding that most youth report using more than one channel and revised our interview guide to cover all (applicable) channels during the interview.

Quarter 1

1. Briefly restate the specific aims or objectives associated with this project.

Aim 1. Carry out formative research to evaluate the quality and usability of the mental health messages delivered by We R Native through its multimedia messaging channels (including the http://www.weRnative.org website, the Ask Auntie Q&A service, our text messaging service, and our social media platforms) with 45+ AI/AN youth 15-24 years old.

Aim 2. Rigorously test whether We R Native’s messages impact youth norms, intentions, self-efficacy and behaviors related to mental health, resilience, and cultural pride; as well as the relative impact of each communication channel (including its website, Ask Auntie Q&A service, text messaging service, and social media channels) and user engagement.

2. What excites you about the funded project?

We are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do this work. It is generating new analytic tools we will use to monitor our messaging’s uptake and impact, and it’s creating new opportunities for us to hear first-hand from our users about ways we can better support their mental health and wellness. This work will inform the development of innovative tools to support resilience and help-seeking run across We R Native’s messaging channels.

3. Tell us more about your team!

· Stephanie Craig Rushing, PhD, MPH, is the daughter of a teacher and a coffee salesman, mother of two mischief-makers, and a PI at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

· Morgan Thomas, MFA, is a short-story writer from the Gulf Coast.

· Jackie Johnson is a Makah Tribal member, NPAIHB Research Assistant, and interview extraordinaire for the TAM study.

· David Stephens, BSN, RN, is a Haida descendant, son of a tribal health director and school bus driver, father of a lively 2-year-old, and a nurse with a passion for improving the lives of Native youth.

· Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH is native to Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, but raised in the U.S., and has lived the past 22 years in Denver, Colorado, where she and her husband have raised two kids.

· Isaac Alawobu: A Ghanaian and currently the Business Manager for the mHealth Impact Lab.

· Kira Elsbernd: Originally from northern California, Kira Elsbernd, MPH is a graduate research assistant at the mHealth Impact Lab in the Colorado School of Public Health.

· Kelsey Ford MPH DrPH(c) is a project manager and research assistant at the mHealth Impact Lab.