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BEAM Health Study

If you are age 17 to 20 and have visited a Planned Parenthood health center, you may be eligible to participate in the BEAM Health study!

The purpose of the BEhavior And Motivation (BEAM) Health Study is to test some different approaches (video, interactive facilitator-led video conference session, interaction with app-based prompts) that aim to help young people make healthy decisions.


Your opinions are extremely important and will help us learn more about what works in health programs for young people like you.

Additionally, participants will receive up to $230 in gift cards!


The study is voluntary and completely virtual (no in-person sessions are required) – it involves:

  • Completing a short online screening form on your smartphone or another device
  • Talking to study staff over telephone and/or video chat
  • Completing four online questionnaires over the next seven months


The Policy & Research Group is operating the study in collaboration with Planned Parenthood and Boston Children’s Hospital.


Click here to answer some screening questions and see if you are eligible!

Or, if you want to learn more about the study first, call or text (317) 210-8403 or you can email [email protected].



What are the steps I need to take to participate? The first step is to complete the online screening form to see if you are eligible for the study. If you are, you’ll be asked to provide some information about how and when we can reach you, and then a member of the study staff will contact you to explain more about the study and enroll you if you’re interested in participating.

What happens after I enroll? Once you’re enrolled, you will be asked to provide some contact information in an online form so we can reach you for future questionnaires. Then you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire. In the next step, you will be randomly assigned to participate in a health intervention. Depending upon which option you are selected to participate in, the session will last between 30 and 90 –minutes.  

  • Some participants will be assigned to listen to an informational health podcast.
  • Some participants will be selected to participate in an interactive video conference.
  • Some participants will also be asked to download an app on their smartphone and respond to daily prompts from the app over a 4-week period.

After the enrollment session, someone from the study will follow up with you to complete three more questionnaires over the course of the next seven months. Each time you complete a questionnaire, you’ll receive a gift card. If you complete all four questionnaires, you’ll receive a total of $230.

How much time will it take to participate? The screening form will take about 10 minutes to complete, and then the enrollment session will take between one and two hours. This session will be scheduled at each participant’s convenience. All participants will be asked to complete a total of four questionnaires over the next seven months, and each one will take about ~10 minutes.

Will my information be kept private? Yes. All information collected for the study is strictly confidential and will be carefully guarded to the fullest extent possible. The results of the study will be reported in group form, and no one will see any one participant’s results.