250703 POP guys: Protecting the disability community

Monday, October 31, 2011: 7:33 PM

Kimberly Taylor, MA , Extended Services Department & Deaf Access Program, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Chicago, IL
VOICES/VOCES is a CDC video-based intervention which has demonstrated effectiveness for increasing condom use. The thinking behind the intervention is that participants will see people who look like themselves engaging in healthy behaviors, and that through follow-up discussion and demonstrations, they will gain the skills and confidence necessary to engage in these behaviors as well. This strategy has proven to work. However, none of the actors in the video have a disability. This program, therefore, is not culturally appropriate for our target population, for participants could not be seeing actors who resemble themselves.

We made a video that uses the effective elements of VOICES/VOCES but is targeted for the disability population. POP(guys): Protecting the Disability Community highlights the importance of “pop”: putting on protection. The cast consists of people with disabilities and the video was shot at an urban rehabilitation hospital and the surrounding community. We worked with an award-winning film producer and scriptwriter, and together developed a project that is at once professional yet also authentic to the population we serve. The language and the situations were evaluated to ensure that they “feel real” to the hospital's outpatients yet will also appeal to a larger disability audience. It is available in English (with or without captions) and Spanish.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify people with physical disabilities as sexual beings (as are people without disabilities). 2. List 3+ barriers to HIV prevention and education faced by people with spinal cord injury. 3. Describe 3+ strategies for people (with and without disabilities) to use to negotiate condom use with their partners.

Keywords: HIV Interventions, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I oversee Schwab’s HIV prevention program for people with disabilities and was the project manager and site liaison for the making of this video. I am the Manager of Program Development, Evaluation & Research at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. I evaluate the Extended Services and Deaf Access programs at Schwab, and am currently responsible for the data collection and analysis of six research studies. I hold a Masters Degree in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, with an emphasis on the complexities and intersection of race, class, gender, and age.
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.