244301 Minority Serving Institutions HIV Prevention Sustainability Iniatitive: Bringing HIV prevention programs to college-age minority students

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:30 AM

Liza Solomon, MHS, DrPH , Domestic Health Division, Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD
Chanza Baytop, MPH, DrPH , Domestic Health Division, Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Issue: Young people in the United States are at increased risk for HIV infection. In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 13-24 were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, representing almost 14% of the persons diagnosed that year. Description: Seven Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), representing four Historically Black Colleges or Universities HBCU), one Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and two Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCU) received funding to conduct comprehensive HIV prevention initiatives on their campuses. Lessions learned: After assessing the need on campus, schools selected interventions that were culturally and programmatically appropriate for their school environment. Interventions included use of peer educators, utilization of DEBIs, social marketing campaigns, and expanded HIV testing programs conducted both on and off campus. Minority serving institutions offer a unique opportunity to reach young college age minority students. These institutions are eager to participate in HIV prevention activities and offer the opportunity to reach a critical group of students with prevention programs Recommendations: HIV prevention initiatives must be culturally appropriate in order to address the complex HIV prevention needs of a highly diverse minority student population. The need to tailor programs to the unique environment of each school poses challenges in creating multicenter evaluations; however this flexibility is critical in ensuring that schools design the most appropriate response to their school environment.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
List 3 program modalities that can be used to provide HIV prevention information for college age populations Describe a process that may be used to assess the cultural competency of an HIV prevention intervention

Keywords: Minority Health, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Director of the MSI iniatitive, in addition my background in public health and research have prepared me for this responsibility.
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.