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March 2019 – Participate as Community Leaders in Focus Group

March 2019 – Participate as Community Leaders in Focus Group

We recently connected with fellow health communication colleagues from KYNE¬†who invited us to participate as community leaders in a focus group about one of their new campaigns. It was so much fun being on the participant side of a focus group as we commonly are the facilitators. We loved the interactions and learning about KYNE’s campaign. We look forward to seeing more about it soon!

September 2017 – Training on the Principles of Adult Learning

Training on Adult Learning Principles and Learning Styles

We loved working with the community health worker and project replication teams from Project ECHO out of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for a 3-hour training on adult learning principles and learning styles. The training was fun and full of interaction, participation, and discussion about ways to understand and engage participants. For this project, we created a customized guide called “Participant Focused Training Guide” which includes both quick and detailed ways to assure one considers their participants — who they are, their backgrounds and cultures, their learning style preferences, their existing knowledge and experiences — in the design of trainings and curricula.

At Soda Creek, integration of adult learning principles is the foundation of much of our work, including curriculum development and the development of learning tools and trainings. Sara Nelson, principal and co-owner, first learned about these principles as well as popular education while volunteering in the Dominican Republic in her teens and then while teaching English as a Second Language in the jails while in college. She has continued to utilize these methodologies throughout her career up to present.

August 2017 – Rate Review Training

Rate Review Training

We’re working with Fourfold Partners on a contract with the State of New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to increase awareness about New Mexico’s rate review process. Each year, OSI oversees health insurance companies requests to raise their rates. OSI partially makes their decision whether or not insurance companies can raise rates based upon what consumers tell them via official complaints and appeals. In order to control health insurance rate raises, it’s therefore very important that consumers and small businesses provide input to OSI. We’re helping to “get out the word” about what OSI does and how vital it is that consumers/businesses participate in this process. Project partners include Health Action New Mexico for outreach and the Garrity Group for media.

Field Research – Communication and Outreach Strategies

 

Field Research – Communication & Outreach Strategies

 

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Project

Field Research – Testing Educational Materials and Messages, Learning Outreach and Education Strategies

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Our Role

  • Recruit Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and bilingual (English/Spanish) teens.
  • Develop screeners, baseline surveys, and discussion guides (English and Spanish).
  • Conduct focus groups (one with parents, one with teens).
  • Analyze findings and develop final report.

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation

Principles of Adult Learning Preparation

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Project

Training guide and train-the-trainer

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Our Role

Principles of Adult Learning Guide – We developed a customized guide for Project ECHO staff to use when developing training, curricula, and facilitation in order to incorporate the principles of adult learning and strategies for different types of learners.

Train-the-trainer on the principles of adult learning – We introduced Project ECHO staff to the guide (described above) and trained them on how to utilize it when writing curricula and working with different audiences.