261547 Implementing a community-level assessment of Mpowerment, an HIV prevention intervention for young men who have sex with men (YMSM)

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Gene Shelley, PhD , Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Tamika Hoyte, MPH , Division of HIV AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Adanze Eke, MS , Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention; Program Evaluation Branch, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Altanta, GA
Carolyn Wright, BS , Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention; Program Evaluation Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Kelly Bell, ASDP , MANILA Consulting Group, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Weston Williams, MHS , Evidence-based Decision and Policy Making Group, MANILA Consulting Group, Inc, McLean, VA
Three community-based organizations (CBOs) were funded to deliver the Mpowerment Intervention (a group-level intervention designed to reduce HIV risk) to YMSM. Mpowerment is being evaluated at the individual and community level in these sites to determine the effect of Mpowerment on the MSM community overall.

Methods: Using a repeated measures design, demographic and risk behaviors were collected by the CBOs with hand-held devices at baseline, and again at two time points after participants received the intervention. A community-level analysis (CLA) survey almost identical to the Mpowerment survey was administered to 100 YMSM in each of the 3 cities to assess changes in sexual risk behaviors in the community after implementation of Mpowerment. Process data were collected on the administration of the CLA, as well as the CLA surveys. A second CLA survey will be administered this year.

Results: Sites reported some difficulty in implementing an individual-level (ILOM) and community-level (CLA) survey at the same time, due to staffing constraints. Preliminary analyses of baseline data reported CLA participants are similar to ILOM participants in age and ethnicity, and overall in sexual risk (53% of the ILOM participants had unprotected sex with a male partner versus 54% of the CLA participants) but different by site in sexual risk and types of risk.

Conclusion: Difficulties and successes in administration of a community survey with hand-held devices by CBOs will be described. Analyses of 2nd CLA by the time of APHA will reveal whether the Mpowerment intervention affected community level risk behaviors in MSM.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
1. Articulate the process of CBO collection of participant data using hand-held devices. 2. Describe successes and barriers in collection of such data.

Keywords: Sexual Risk Behavior, Youth

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a behavioral scientist at CDC for the past 19 years, working with community based organizations in evaluating their programs. I have evaluated both HIV and violence prevention programs for youth and adults.
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.