240711 With Me Comes a Cure the Humboldt Park Community HIV/AIDS Campaign

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Juana Ballesteros, RN BSN MPH , The Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, Chicago, IL
Amaryllis Torres , Vida/SIDA, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Juan Calderon , Vida/SIDA, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Johnathon E. Briggs , Communications, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has developed a campaign, With Me Comes a Cure (WMCC) which inspires community action against HIV/AIDS. WMCC is unique in that it allows targeted communities to design their own messages, and determine their mode of communication. Humboldt Park ranks 10th highest, among Chicago's 77 communities, for HIV rates among 13-24 year olds prompting local health leaders to do something. The Humboldt Park WMCC campaign is a partnership between the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, AFC, and Vida/SIDA. Through local arts-related youth programming, Los Tequis del Barrio, teen participants have essentially created the campaign. This innovative after-school program is designed to mix culture, community, and technology across a range of media to encourage participants to transform their community. Participants learn to become the creators of media, rather than passively allowing media to shape their identities. Participants have created PSAs, billboards, bus ads, posters, postcards, and a Facebook page. Participants have become peer educators to share knowledge and WMCC. Through our large network of coalition members, community events, and ties with high schools we have many effective outlets to reach our target population. WMCC is a model community mobilization project. So other communities can learn how to harness the creativity of youth in HIV/AIDS prevention, we are developing and plan to disseminate a teaching manual describing how to engage young people in creative community responses to HIV/AIDS. Therefore, our project will have long-term, far-reaching effects in other communities beyond our community of Humboldt Park.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related nursing
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain how to mobilize and empower Latino youth and harness their creativity in innovative ways to increase their knowledge about and reduce their risk for HIV/AIDS prevention Discuss an innovative teen HIV/AIDS prevention program that other Latino communities can replicate.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I helped developed the campaign that is up for presentation and oversee health communication, branding and marketing initiatives for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
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.