Online Program

Integrating epidemiology and crime data to develop new HIV testing strategy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jamila Shipp, MPH, California Prostitues Education Project (CALPEP), Oakland, CA
Lisa Ryan, California Prositutes Education Project, Oakland, CA
Monique Robinson, California Prositutes Education Project, Oakland, CA
Christiaan Hall, California Prostitues Education Project (CALPEP), Oakland, CA
Leslie Carminer, California Prostitutes Education Project, Oakland, CA
Daniel Diaz, California Prostitues Education Project (CALPEP), Oakland, CA
Lania Watkins, California Prostitutes Education Project, Oakland, CA
Gloria Lockett, California Prositutes Education Project, Oakland, CA
Topic Since 1998, Oakland, Alameda County has remained in An HIV/AIDS state of emergency. Oakland is ranked is 3rd in the nation for violent crime. Oakland has taken measures to prevent violence which includes increased patrols and street sweeps. We will describe how to use a new strategy that builds community and addresses the HIV epidemic. Issues Violent crime has risen 43% in the last two years and the murder rate jumped 22% which exceeds the national violent crime rate. These areas overlap with local HIV and STD epidemics. We provide mobile HIV testing in high crime communities including shooting galleries, crack houses, prostitution strolls and drug gang turf. These communities were once visible during outreach activities but now are retreating. Strategies Grill Outs are designed to bring people out of their homes to be tested and build community among the neighbors. Grill Outs" are a small underground grassroots social network testing intervention. It is a festive event with barbeque, street outreach, and impromptu HIV education groups. They take place on street corners in high crime police beats. This innovative model reached 250 people during six Grill Outs with both HIV testing and prevention services with a seropositivity of rate2.9%. Recommendations Integrated crime data and epidemiology data was used to develop a strategy to target highly impacted populations. The Grill Out model addresses safety and violence by creating a safe environment for people to test for HIV and engage health educators in a grassroots, culturally appropriate and relaxed environment.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe barriers and opportunities to conducting outreach and rapid HIV testing in communities that experience high crime rates. Describe the use of epidemiological and crime statistic data to identify the location of the target population. List key elements for stepping up “Grill Outs”

Keyword(s): HIV/AIDS, Youth Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My work includes managing case management for HIV positives, HIV testing and various interventions with high risk populations including young sex workers. Recently, I have become involved in research projects. My background also includes substance abuse, public speaking, community organizing, policy and advocacy for underserved populations. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Masters of Public Health from San Francisco State University.
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.