257802 Impact of Integrating Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Women of Color

Monday, October 29, 2012

David Bradley Sr., BS , Prevention, River Region Human Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS has disproportionately affected women of color. National assessments reveal female at-risk behaviors are directly related to cultural and gender norms. The purpose of Sisters RISE is to empower women to reduce high-risk behaviors through theory based interventions addressing cognitive issues, self-perception, self-efficacy and high-risk behaviors. The outcome would enhanced skills through substance abuse prevention combined with HIV prevention; in turn reducing substance use, HIV infection and transmission by increasing safer sex practices. Recruitment in target populations with high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse were selected and introduced to three interventions that are based on transtheoretical models of change and evidence based practices which are designed to reduce substance abuse and HIV prevention among women of color. Evaluation utilizes group level multi-session interventions with pre and post tests and a control group to capture significant behavior change with three to six month follow-up for the maintenance of changed behavior. The evaluation components revealed sustainable changes among participants in several areas related to self-perception, condom use, coping skills, and self-efficacy. The control group revealed significant changes in the implication of substance abuse prevention and its effects on HIV prevention among women of color. Detailed findings noted a direct need to expand integration capacity based on data driven findings and observable outcomes. It is vital that substance abuse prevention be supported with HIV prevention. The correlation between the two components reveal implications for increased self-efficacy among females of color.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1.) Sessions will enable participants with the ability to identify cultural norms that place women of color at risk for HIV transmission. 2.) Describe and discuss why substance abuse prevention has implications on HIV prevention. 3.) Identify how gender influences behaviors that create risk.

Keywords: Prevention, Behavior Modification

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a Program Director and evaluator for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health programs for over 10 years. Implementing and managing several evidenced based interventions for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and SAMHSA. Submitting and presenting at several leadership conferences on subjects related to HIV prevention, community prevention, and HIV prevention in rural populations. Developed training curriculum for HIV prevention in Rural populations and strategies for sustainability.
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.