270418 Mobilizing health promotion for under-served women

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM

Deanna Lewis, PA-C, MBA , Mobile Clinic Services, Dequenesh Community Health Clinic, Tucson, AZ
Deirdre Demers, MPH , Health Promotion Sciences Division, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Luis Ortega, MPH, CHES , Prevention Services, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson, AZ
Michelle Shields, MSW , Direct Services, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Tucson, AZ
Karen Heckert, PhD, MPH, MSW , Health Promotion Sciences Division and Global Health Institute, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
John Ehiri, PhD, MPH, MSc (Econ.) , Division of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Arizona, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Tucson, AZ
OBJECTIVES: Research indicates that women with a history of domestic abuse often face increased risk of contracting HIV and experience multiple barriers accessing basic health care. This pilot program was designed to offer HIV education and testing services directly to women residing in domestic abuse shelters, in collaboration with a college of public health, a nonprofit community health clinic, an AIDS Service Organization (ASO), and the domestic abuse shelter. METHODS: A university-community partnership developed a tailored HIV education program based on the results of a mixed-methods needs assessment at the two shelter sites. The ASO contributed existing infrastructure to perform rapid HIV testing and provide individualized risk reduction counseling. The community health clinic provided its mobile unit and volunteers to deliver the education program and HIV testing to the shelter sites. RESULTS: From June 2011 to present, the partnership conducted and analyzed 5 focus groups; created, fielded, and analyzed a self-administered questionnaire; developed a 5-module women's health curriculum; provided 10 education sessions at the two shelters; and tested one-third of the targeted 100 women. The program is currently funded through summer 2012. In addition, the women at the shelters have expressed strong interest in receiving other well-woman health services via a mobile clinic. CONCLUSIONS: Demonstrated successes include the receptivity of the shelter residents to both the on-site education services and on-site HIV testing, and the partnership's receipt of funding for continued implementation. A second round of health education is currently being delivered along with continued HIV counseling and testing.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate the importance and role of agency mission statements in forming partnerships. 2. Describe how multiagency collaboration leverages resources to improve access to services. 3. Identify opportunities for expansion and/or sustainability within a partnership.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Access and Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served fours years as the lab director for Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation's point-of-care HIV testing program, have been a practicing physician assistant for 8 years, four in gynecology, and am the founder of the Dequenesh Community Health Clinic, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Additionally I'm a second year DrPH student with a major in maternal and child health.
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.