Upcoming Webinar

"Seeking Safety" Process and Fidelity Evaluation:

Lesson Learned from NYC Ryan White Part A Contracts



Wednesday, April 17th  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Presented by:

Adria Zern, MPH Candidate

Sahani Chandraratna, MPH, MSW


FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

Continuing Education Credits:

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required.

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The presentation will begin with a brief overview of DOHMH’s role and the design of SS, followed by the process evaluation framework for the project. Presenters will explain the project’s mixed-method approach, including (1) the binary fidelity tool used for group session observations and (2) the structured, qualitative interview guide for staff interviews. The process evaluation framework will serve as a structure to highlight the findings that emerged emphasizing the importance of providing support to intervention facilitators, adaptations to the intervention to be more culturally responsive, challenges with recruitment, and how to work with participants with different literacy levels. Presenters will also describe DOHMH’s plans for addressing some of the implementation challenges that emerged. The session will conclude with discussion questions concerning the support community-based organizations may need in implementing SS and innovative ways to promote fidelity to EBIs.

Learning Objectives

1.       Describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based intervention for those with co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use issues, and its role in programs for people living with HIV
2.       Demonstrate the use of the process evaluation framework to understand the implementation of evidence-based interventions
3.       Identify barriers and facilitators to implementing Seeking Safety and strategies for improving the quality of the intervention

    Presenter Biographies

    Adria Zern is an MPH candidate at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is an intern in the Quality Management and Technical Assistance unit in the Care and Treatment Program at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. At Columbia, she has worked on research regarding Respectful Maternity Care in the U.S. and issues surrounding racial biases women experience during childbirth. Prior to her time at Columbia, Adria served as a Community Health Educator for two years through the Peace Corps in Belize. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 2015, where she received highest honors for her Sociology thesis.

    Sahani Chandraratna is a Quality Management Specialist (QMS) in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). As a QMS, Sahani manages the programmatic performance of the Supportive Counseling, Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Populations with Multiple Special Needs and General Non-Medical Case Management programs, which are implemented at 30 Ryan White Part A (RWPA) funded community-based organizations, hospitals, and clinics in NYC. She also co-leads the Women of Color and Housing workgroups, whose purpose is to build partnerships with internal programs and community stakeholders to address health disparities and advance heath equity in NYC communities. Sahani completed a dual-masters graduate program in Public Health and Social Work at Columbia University in 2016. Prior to her graduate studies, Sahani received a Bachelor of Art degree from George Washington University in 2012, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology. Throughout her career, Sahani has worked at a diverse range of institutions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; working in several cities in 3 nations over the past 8 years.

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