Testing a digitally distributed method to recruit a network of community organizations to fight the consequences of the drug epidemic: A study in 13 American states

Haesung Jung, Aashna Sunderrajan, Marta Durantini, Edgardo Sanchez, Liliane Windsor, Man Pui Sally Chan, Thomas O'Brien, Bita Fayaz Farkhad, Alex Karan, Carol A. Lee, Soonhyung Kwon, Dolores Albarracín

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Abstract

To mitigate the opioid epidemic, a concerted effort to educate, prevent, diagnose, treat, and engage residents is required. In this study, a digitally distributed method to form a large network of organizations was tested with 99 counties in regions with high vulnerability to hepatitis C virus (HCV). The method involved a cascade of contacts going from email to phone calls, to videoconferencing and measuring the number of contacts required, amount of time taken, and the proportion of success at recruiting at least one community organization per county. A recruitment period of 5 months and 2118 contact attempts led to the recruitment of organizations from 73 out of our 99 target counties. Organizations belonging to health departments required more attempts and time to recruit but ultimately enrolled at higher rates than did other organizations such as coalitions and agencies. Organizations from counties more (vs. less) vulnerable to HCV outbreaks required more attempts to recruit and, using multiple recruitment methods (e.g., emails, phone calls, and Zoom meetings), improved enrollment success. Overall, this method proved to be successful at remotely engaging a large-scale network of communities with different levels of risk within a large geographic region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Keywords

  • HCV
  • community engagement
  • opioid use
  • recruitment
  • rural health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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