Online Program

Enlisting the University of Illinois at Chicago Community Outreach Intervention Projects' (UIC-COIP) Indigenous Leader Outreach Model to Conduct HIV/AIDS Surveillance

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Antonio Jimenez, PhD, Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Community Outreach Intervention Projects, University of Ilinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Issue:   The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) program was developed to help local health departments establish and maintain an HIV surveillance system for monitoring behaviors, services and infection prevalence in three high-risk populations.  Findings are used to understand current HIV risks and testing behaviors, and to develop and evaluate appropriate interventions.  This paper explores the use of UIC-COIP’s Indigenous Leader Outreach Model (ILOM) to assist the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in conducting the NHBS. 

Description:  The NHBS occurs in annual cycles that sample and collect survey and biological data from men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and high-risk heterosexuals. Each year one group is targeted.  In 2012 the UIC-COIP entered into an agreement with the CDPH to assist with formative research, assessing and addressing barriers to study participation, participant recruitment, eligibility screening, study enrollment, survey and biological data collection, monitoring of sample composition, and data analyses.  Since then UIC-COIP has helped garner the participation of over 1400 risk group members in the NHBS.

Lessons Learned:  Key factors for achieving NHBS goals include: 1) hiring staff who (a) are members of targeted populations and their communities, (b) carry values, attitudes and beliefs of targeted risk groups and (c) understand problems faced by group members; 2) having accessible service offices in geographically dispersed neighborhoods; 3) a longstanding history of service to targeted populations; and 4) using a social network approach that takes into account the influence of group norms for effective health promotion and research participation.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe ways in which COIP’s Indigenous Leader Outreach Model (ILOM) has been instrumental in accessing various risk groups for participation in the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance program. Discuss ILOM methods used to identify and address barriers to study participation.

Keyword(s): HIV Risk Behavior, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal investigator of several federally-funded studies focusing on MSM, drug abuse, HIV behaviors and transmission risks, and HIV prevention interventions. My scientific interests focus on understanding behavioral risks of marginalized MSM and substance users, and developing intervention strategies and service programming to address these populations risk and service needs. I have a PhD years of experience conducting research in the realm of 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.