221223 A collaborative model among injection drug users, a capacity building assistance organization and behavioral scientists in adapting and pilot-testing an HIV prevention evidence-based intervention curricula for native drug users

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jonny Andia, PhD , National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Robert Foley , NNAAPC, Denver, CO
Charles Collins, PhD , National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have one of the highest prevalence of alcohol, substance abuse and dependence in comparison with other race and ethnic groups in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV risk among AI/AN populations, however currently no published research on efficacious interventions has been identified for AI/AN by CDC. To bridge this gap, the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions project (DEBI) at CDC, in collaboration with a national Native American Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) partner, adapted a drug related evidence-based (EBI) HIV prevention intervention. Results involved the formation of a AI/AN drug user working group to help in: a) Assessment and selection of an HIV prevention intervention that may be adapted and thus appropriate for AI/AN drug users; b) Content analysis and assessment of intervention activities and training protocols appropriate to AI/AN cultural milieu; c) Guidance in piloting the adapted materials with agencies that serve AI/AN populations; and d) Collaboration with CDC scientists and the principal investigator of the intervention. Conclusions: Collaboration between the AI/AN IDU Working Group, CBA partner and CDC scientists and researchers clearly provided guidance in the process of EBI assessment and selection, cultural appropriate content and in keeping fidelity to the original intervention. Further operational research needs to be considered to evaluate the implementation processes, protocols and outcomes of this project (i.e., implementation of the adaptation) among various AI/AN drug using populations and the agencies that meet their HIV prevention needs.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe a collaborative model among native drug users, a cultural competent capacity building assistant and behavioral scientists to adapt an evidence-based HIV intervention for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Keywords: Native and Indigenous Populations, HIV Interventions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the behavioral scientist of adapted intervention
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.