In years 3 and 4, we developed a user-friendly transmission modeling tool designed to provide answers to the relationship between behavioral changes and STI incidence among US adolescents. This tool is heading into clearance and will then be publicly available. With this product, we propose to fulfill three aims:
1. Inform public health departments around the country about the existence of the tool, and provide guidance in its use.
2. Develop a case study that uses the tool to compare the projected impacts of a specific form of behavior change at the national level with that of a single jurisdiction, and interpret those results
3. Communicate to this audience the various unanticipated challenges we tackled on the development of the tool, and what they tell us about the state of STI surveillance and epidemiology for adolescents
We aim to complete all three of these aims through a manuscript and accompanying presentations/webinars/workshops of some form. Some remaining details of the case study and the dissemination methods are to be developed in consultation with DASH.