New Year’s Resolution: Using the Features of RAAPS

It’s that time of year again (already)!  Did you know that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions?  It’s a great time of the year to focus on personal and professional goals.

If you are an online RAAPS user or are thinking of becoming one, we challenge you to consider adding a resolution or two…

Resolve to Try One New Feature:  In our super busy days sometimes it’s easiest to just use what we know.  And RAAPS can be so simple to get started with – you might not have explored all of the features available. For example, did you know health messages specific to the adolescent’s identified risk behaviors appear on the screen for the adolescent to review?  Or you can use them professionally when discussing the survey responses and print them for an individualized health education session.  So consider trying one new feature a month.  We think you’ll appreciate the few minutes it takes – and it will support your efforts to screen at-risk youth.

Resolve to Maximize Your Data: Use the reporting function of the online RAAPS and create an ad-hoc report to decipher disparities in your population – by gender, race, or insurance status.  Then use your data…to create programming to address those disparities, to file a grant proposal, or to share with your colleagues – raising awareness and generating new ideas.  View an example of the report function.

Resolve to Share Your Knowledge:  Log onto our blog, weigh in and leave a comment.  It takes a village – and ours is dedicated to improving the health and well being of at-risk youth.

What will you resolve to do in the New Year? 

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