Retention and engagement through fitness in HIV prevention/care for YMSM of color
Description: The I AM…The Generation project is men’s health initiative that takes components of HIV prevention curriculum and frames the experience as a run club in preparation for local marathons. This project targets YMSM under the age of 30 who are living with HIV or enrolled in the PrEP project at a community based organization.
Lessons learned: This strategy has increased performance measures of retention and recruitment for funded interventions.
Recommendations: Implementing programs that are culturally competent and socially appealing in HIV community based service organizations and HIV ambulatory care sites can prove to be a cost effective strategy for initial linkage and retention in care for hard to reach populations. Programming such as this is highly beneficial to consumers because it provides a positive social group for participation, affirmation of sexual identity and health status, and provides a physical intervention for other chronic conditions that participants may be vulnerable to (cardio vascular disease, obesity, hypertension).
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Identify new strategies to increase rates of retention and engagement in HIV Care and Prevention Services Discuss lessons learned from implementing pilot fitness program with HIV prevention/care initiatives
Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), HIV Interventions
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a public health professional with graduate training in both social work and public health. I coordinate a program for young gay and bisexual men who are at-risk for HIV or are living with HIV.
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.