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Health Improvement Project for Teens (HIP Teens)

Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

The four intervention sessions last 120 minutes each and are delivered by trained facilitators to small groups.   The two 90-minute booster sessions are administered in small groups at three and six months after the end of the intervention.



The most important characteristic of being a successful HIPTeens facilitator is a commitment to helping participants without being judgmental.  Trained facilitators implementing this program should be same gender and may be from a variety of ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds.  


Program Materials and Resources

The HIPTeens implementation program package includes an Intervention Manual, fidelity assessments, evaluation measures, handouts, PowerPoint slides, materials to complete all HIPTeens activities, male and female condoms, condom demonstration models, and relevant video clips.  Participant workbooks including take-home activities are also available.  Materials are updated regularly and include medically-accurate, culturally and developmentally appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive information for participants.  The HIP4Change website houses additional information for implementation and planning (e.g. logic models, intervention component details, external resources).


Additional Needs for Implementation

The program requires the use of a computer to display slides and videos and flip charts or other writing surface.



Specific fidelity benchmarks and monitoring protocols, and a detailed logic model are included in the implementation program package.  HIPTeens training includes specific attention to maintaining fidelity across the sessions.


Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

Training is provided by HIP4Change, LLC.  It consists of: an online HIP University and a face-to-face, hands on training. HIP University is offers the first phase of training online to familiarize facilitators with the theoretical underpinnings of the intervention as well as motivational interviewing concepts.  The in-person training consists of facilitators working through the intervention components, practicing motivational interviewing, and developing an in-depth understanding of the intervention and its components. It is conducted by the developer, Dr. Morrison-Beedy, and HIPTeens members. Training costs also include a per diem and travel expenses for the trainer(s).

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

Purchasers of the program should contact the developer (Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Ph.D., R.N., W.H.N.P.-B.C., for more information.


Allowable Adaptations

Adaptations that address different populations would be allowable. The developer also indicates that booster sessions may be eliminated, but the effect of doing so is currently unknown.