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1 Shannon Kirkland, MBA Danielle Askins, BA West Texas AHEC Program Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Building a Web-based Infrastructu re

2 Overview Texas H.O.T. Jobs history Website tour and infrastructure Resources for educators Sustainability and future Getting started on your own Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3 H.O.T. Jobs history Started by the Texas AHEC network in 1997 as a printed book Designed to prepare students for entry into the healthcare field Historically updated every 3 years First HOT Jobs website was contributed by the HSTE partner in early 2005 as part of 2 nd edition—a pdf version of the book with some lesson plan materials 3 rd edition website launched in early 2006, much more graphically oriented and some basic interactive features

4 Research implications Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Research FindingsWebsite Modifications Social network importantDeveloped parent section Talking to healthcare professionals important Developed “Professionals in Field” Mixed impact talking to teachers / counselors Developed educator section Website impt, but need multimedia components Website rich in graphics & interactive formats

5 Design considerations Complex database architecture “behind the scenes” to drive huge volumes of data Strategic use of photos, colors, Flash and video components to reinforce messaging for target audiences Interactivity Highlighting real life experiences of others Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

6 What it took 651 pages of internal content 7 multi-table databases 145 Flash components 65+ videos 470 links to external content More than 2,000 communications with high school administrators for research participation Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

7 Preview of website Career Seeker Section Parent Section Educator Section Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

8 Website Tour Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

9 Career Seekers section All of the career seeker information available in Spanish New: Professionals in the Field Expanded: Personal career manager profile - Career Comparison Grid - Professionals in the field highlights based on top career choices - RSS news feed for healthcare news - Checklists Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

10 Career profile Creates opportunity for targeted content and communication based on user’s inputs on region, demographics, and career interest Expandable content delivery area Potential for peer-to-peer communication Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

11 Career Seeker section Redesigned career roadmaps, tying in Achieve Texas programs of study Colleges and universities search Functionality for resource sharing with peers (Bookmark feature connecting to Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

12 Career Seekers section Interactive career exploration modules –Identification of diseases affecting minorities –Preparation of scripts for each module –Healthcare professional representation –Diversity of healthcare settings –Math, science and vocabulary skill building –Health risk factors and behaviors –Communication skills –Access to Professionals in the Field and roadmaps Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

13 Career Seekers section Interactive career exploration modules 15 modules 62 individual healthcare scenes 39 different healthcare careers represented 40 health care professionals as actors / actresses Diverse population of patients and healthcare professionals Each scene ranges from 1 – 5 minutes in length ~ math and science questions developed for each module (based on 3 levels of difficulty), which are mapped to high school assessment competencies

14 Educators’ section Completely NEW!!! Lesson plans that supplement the online Career Exploration Modules - Identify TAKS and College Readiness standards RSS news feeds for healthcare news Direct access to the Career Roadmaps, which link to the AchieveTexas pathways and POS Blog for sharing best practices Archive of all previous educator materials Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

15 Lesson plans Development team –Lead: Lori Milner, PhD (DFW AHEC) –Jan Ritter, M.Ed. (Piney Woods AHEC) –Jody Sanders, BA, teaching certificate (Pecan Valley AHEC) Process –Reviewed module scripts –Developed classroom-formatted activities to complement modules –Conducted evaluation process with six educators

16 Lesson plan validation Each reviewer evaluated on a rubric scale 1-5 –Appropriateness for high school –Relevance to the module topic –Instructions are clear –Content is correct/valid Modifications made based on these evaluations Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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18 Educators’ section References page for resources related to health careers development Announcements area for YouTube contest for classes, summer camp opportunities, etc. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

19 Parents and Families section Parents and extended family play a huge role in the success of their child - Influencing career choice - Preparing for and accessing education after high school Provides a tool for parents to assist their child who is interested in pursuing a health career - Why choose a career in health care fields? - Discuss myths about healthcare careers - Interactive Career Interest Survey - Breakdown of salary potential by education level - Financial aid information Available in Spanish

20 Database infrastructure Main Career Database –Salary ticker (flash) –Salary range, annual & hourly –Heartbeat area (flash) –Job Outlook –Professional in the field link –Length of training –Career Explorer module link –My Career Profile

21 Database infrastructure Universities –Name of college –URL –Location –Degree programs available –Zip code to GPS coordinates University zone –AHEC region and center

22 Database infrastructure Module database –Math & Science –Vocabulary –Information links –Titles descriptions Also connections to role model database and main career database

23 Utilization In 2007, the site averaged 5,000 visitors/month In 2010, the site averaged 22,000 visitors/month 924 number of registered profile career seekers to date (23.7% Hispanic, 17.4% African American, 23% unreported) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

24 Utilization

25 Ranks #2 on Google and Bing for “health careers in Texas.” About #1: Top search terms that direct people to this site are various forms of –hot jobs –hot jobs in Texas –Texas jobs –cool jobs in Texas You don’t see health care mentioned…. 4 of the top 50 search terms are in Spanish Visibility and searches

26 Not in a vacuum How we promote it –Statewide AHEC health careers promotion efforts –HOT Jobs print tools –Use in high school HSE courses –PSAs developed for local use by partners Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

27 Next steps: website Website monitoring and revisions Targeted use of Twitter and Facebook Continue to expand role model pool Research and add new careers: certified tumor registrar, nursing informatics, new health information technology opportunities “This College Life” pilot test Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

28 Next steps: sustainability Advertising –Opportunity for organizations that are mission-aligned to participate Assisting other states with development Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

29 Getting started From scratch or a revamp –Look at other sites, both career and pop culture, to identify strengths Graphic appeal Navigation –Review your data In what format does your information exist? Do you have the resources to streamline it for efficiencies in future editions?

30 Getting started Development Process –Establish work group –Assess need –Determine the scope of the project –Develop project timeline –Generate funding –Research and develop product –Distribute

31 Getting started Needs assessment –Surveys/focus groups with primary audiences Scope –Prioritize important features –Look at the budget Work with a web programmer to identify the best options to accomplish as many of your priorities as possible –Consider “staging” project

32 Getting started Timeline –Realistic –With Web development, expect that it takes longer than you expect R&D –Goes back to needs assessment and priorities –Content. Content. Content. –Messages delivered in more than one way

33 Distribute –How do you drive traffic to your Web site? Supporting mechanisms: hard copy books or business cards distributed at events PSAs Links to your from other key Web sites Where does it rank in the search engines and how to improve? Getting started

34 Explore interactive options –Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. These can be added to your site pretty inexpensively. Considerations: Someone to keep the stream of information current Addressing concerns related to appropriateness of content and user interactions

35 Partners and contributors TTUHSC School of Pharmacy TTUHSC F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, West Texas AHEC Program TTU College of Mass Communications AHEC of the Plains East Texas AHEC Program (UTMB) –DFW AHEC (UT Southwestern), Piney Woods AHEC (Stephen F. Austin University), and Pecan Valley AHEC (Victoria College) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

36 Vendors Web Development: Visual Reality Production, Inc. Photos and Graphic Concept: Hartsfield Design Messaging Strategies: CommuniCard, LLC Spanish Translation: Teneo Linguistics Video Development: Studio 84 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

37 Wrapping up Questions and comments? Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

38 Contact us Shannon Kirkland TTUHSC F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health p Danielle Askins AHEC of the Plains p


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