CCHAP: Campus and Community HIV and Addiction Prevention
Description: The CCHAP project aims to test 4000 individuals age 18-24, over three years, who reside in an area with the highest rates of HIV in Georgia. Utilizing a CBPR approach, partnerships were established to implement testing activities at colleges, malls, churches, and barbershops. Bi-weekly testing events were established at the colleges and monthly events at community sites. During testing, counselors used motivational interviewing to discuss personal risk behaviors and develop client action plans to identify safer goal behaviors with participants.
Lessons Learned: In its first year, CCHAP tested 910 individuals. Ninety-nine percent identified as African American, 42% were 18-24, 23% stated they had never been tested previously for HIV, and 10 persons tested positive for HIV. Moving into year 2, CCHAP will foster relationships built with college and community partners, and focus on bolstering recruitment of community residents in target age range.
Recommendations: Testing alone cannot prevent the transmission of HIV, which is why in its second year the CCHAP project will implement evidence-based interventions to heighten awareness and knowledge of HIV prevention techniques. Environmental strategies such as, condom machines will also be implemented. Two colleges have agreed to the installation of 30 condom machines that will placed in various locations on campus.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe challenges and successes in testing African Americans age 18-24. Discuss benefits of partnering with community to perform HIV testing.
Keyword(s): African American, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as an evaluator for this project and was instrumental in the projectâs development and data collection.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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