Recently published JMIR publications »Dissemination and implementation of a Google Apple exposure notification system for COVID-19 risk mitigation at a national public university: protocol for a pilot assessment study in a real world scenarioat JMIR Research Protocols, who reported that this document describes the protocol for South Carolina Safer Together, developed by Clemson University to design, implement, and evaluate communication and dissemination and implementation (D&I) strategies at various levels in accordance with government recommendations and educational agencies to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Safer Together has been enhanced with the addition of the Google/Apple Exposure Notification app, an alternative strategy to support a COVID-19 test result recommendation:
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This study aimed to describe the content and target audience of D&I strategies used to implement recommended COVID-19 mitigation strategies on a large university campus; determine the reach, acceptability, adoption, and use of D&I strategies among target audiences (college students, faculty, and staff); and to characterize barriers and enablers to the implementation and use of recommended mitigation strategies.
The study team incorporated elements of the Health Belief Model, Technology Acceptance Model, Social Communication and Marketing Models and Outreach, Effectiveness, Adoption Framework, Implementation and Maintenance to identify and develop appropriate concepts and specific outcomes to include in our approach to evaluating communication, dissemination and implementation processes related to the deployment of Safer Together in Clemson.
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At the local level, the widespread adoption and use of Safer Together can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and keep the university running.”Open.” On a larger scale, lessons learned on how to influence student and staff behavior regarding the use of a public health outbreak prevention tool, including Safer Together, can be applied to future pandemics and epidemics.
This study offers a structured, theory-based approach to evaluating dissemination and implementation strategies associated with deploying Safer Together in a university environment from the perspective of students, staff and university management.
As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spread rapidly across the United States in spring 2020, institutions of higher education (IHE) faced many challenges associated with minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID. -19 among its students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities.
Dr. Kathleen B Cartmell, Clemson University
To address the recommended strategy of implementing actions in support of test results, such as contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine, Clemson also leveraged a new partnership between the State of South Carolina public health authority, the Department of Health and Control. Environmental from SC, Google and apple.
Compared to conventional contact tracing based on »case“To remember, cell phone exposure notifications have the potential to notify individuals of exposures more quickly, identify a more complete set of actual contacts, and better assess the extent of exposure.
The first round of student messages about recommended strategies and the use of Safer Together was released through Clemson Student Housing on October 28, 2020 to students in both dormitories.
A message to students was sent via email explaining Safer Together and its ability to let students know if they have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, encourage them to download the app, link the app to the Healthy Clemson United app the Tigers and understand what to do if notified of potential exposure.
Given the small size of this pilot project with students in only 2 dormitories and that isolation on campus was not a burden for university staff, Clemson’s administration issued Safer Together messages to all Cle. activate Safer Together and inform them of the effort to evaluate Safer Together deployment strategies.
Dr. Cartmell and the research team concluded in their JMIR Research Output publications, “This study offers a structured approach based on the RE-AIM framework, to assess dissemination and implementation strategies associated with the deployment of Safer Together in a university environment from the perspective of students, staff and university management. . The results of this study will inform the future implementation of apps like Safer Together at top state universities.
Melvin, CL, et al. (2022) Dissemination and implementation of a Google Apple exposure notification system for COVID-19 risk mitigation at a national public university: protocol for a pilot assessment study in a real-world setting. JMIR lookup protocols. doi.org/10.2196/32567.