NUtech Ventures 2021 Creative Work of the Year: Megan Hopkins
The Creative Work of the Year award went to Megan Hopkins, project director of the Nebraska Collegiate Prevention Alliance. The award recognizes an individual who has developed a creative innovation, which is typically protected under copyright.
Hopkins has co-developed an online program that addresses substance abuse among college students. According to program data, participating students receive fewer alcohol sanctions and are more likely to remain enrolled by junior year. The program is being used by 18 Nebraska colleges and has also been licensed to colleges in Missouri.
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[00:00:06.760]- My name is Megan Hopkins.
[00:00:08.500]I'm the director of
[00:00:09.333]The Nebraska Collegiate
[00:00:11.370]And we are housed in the
[00:00:13.130]Nutrition and Health
Sciences Department at UNL.
[00:00:15.980]We've focused primarily on
reducing high-risk drinking
[00:00:19.970]and substance use among college students
[00:00:22.070]all across the state.
[00:00:23.200]Our Year-One College
Behavior Profile program,
[00:00:26.950]which we refer to as the Year One CBP.
[00:00:30.270]It's a program that we've
actually had since 2009 at UNL,
[00:00:33.700]but has grown exponentially
in the last several years.
[00:00:37.620]The program is based off of the principles
[00:00:40.240]of brief motivational interviewing,
[00:00:42.000]which is a proven best practice
[00:00:43.890]to reducing high risk drinking
amongst college students.
[00:00:47.110]It's a web-based program,
[00:00:48.520]takes students about 15
to 20 minutes to complete.
[00:00:51.480]And we really use that
program to try to highlight
[00:00:55.020]the differences between actual
use in first-year students,
[00:00:57.848]and perception of incoming students.
[00:01:01.330]When students complete the program,
[00:01:03.140]they received their feedback immediately.
[00:01:04.920]So they're asked to input some information
[00:01:06.770]about themselves and their use,
[00:01:08.580]and then they immediately receive feedback
[00:01:10.450]about how that use
compares to other students.
[00:01:12.670]They're given some information
about how to stay safe
[00:01:16.210]if they choose to drink in college.
[00:01:18.720]For our member institutions,
[00:01:20.040]we provide support with analysis to them.
[00:01:22.640]And so those reports are
usually ready for them to review
[00:01:25.610]within the first three to four
weeks of the fall semester,
[00:01:28.860]which is really key because
there's a benefit to students
[00:01:32.120]taking the program, obviously,
[00:01:33.540]and correcting those misperceptions.
[00:01:35.530]But there's also a larger
benefit to the institution
[00:01:38.400]to be able to have that information
[00:01:40.070]about their incoming class.
[00:01:42.380]Yeah, I definitely would
like to thank NUtech
[00:01:44.630]for their support.
[00:01:46.270]For our efforts, they guided
us literally every step
[00:01:49.700]of the way, in terms
of, not only licensing,
[00:01:52.670]but developing contracts
with the institutions
[00:01:55.160]that we are working with to
purchase the license from us,
[00:02:00.030]and build programs for, and
continue to work with us,
[00:02:03.860]to really push us to expand
our marketing and promotion
[00:02:07.050]of our product so that we
can build those partnerships
[00:02:10.340]with other institutions
of higher education
[00:02:12.420]across the country.
[00:02:14.300]We've had a number of folks
that have worked on this program
[00:02:17.290]since it was built in 2009.
[00:02:19.680]Linda Major, Dr. Ian Newman.
[00:02:22.410]Also, Dwayne Shell was
someone that helped us work
[00:02:25.230]on the evaluation and
some of the calculations
[00:02:27.700]within the program.
[00:02:28.570]And so, without them, we
wouldn't be here today
[00:02:32.240]still working with the program.
[00:02:34.710]The efforts that we do to try to address
[00:02:37.070]this substance use and
prevention is really targeted
[00:02:40.230]because of the harms that
we see students experience
[00:02:42.820]in a variety of ways.
[00:02:43.860]It could be academic, it could be social,
[00:02:46.440]it could be physical harms
that they might encounter
[00:02:48.430]because of their substance use.
[00:02:50.610]And so I think it's just really important
[00:02:52.650]to kind of arm the next
generation of our future leaders
[00:02:55.800]with healthy strategies to cope with
[00:02:58.510]some of those challenges.
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