HIV Education- Program offers educational trainings on the science and treatment of HIV disease including basic and advanced HIV knowledge through trained and certified Health educators.
PREP/PEP Education provides fundamental information to individuals/groups about what PrEP and PEP is; how PrEP/ PEP work to prevent HIV, what drugs are used in PrEP/PEP, why adherence is important, as well as how to provide clear accurate and comprehensive PrEP/PEP awareness message to share with others.
Risk Reduction Education/Counseling is provided to clients who are identified as high risk for contracting HIV and those are living with HIV about HIV and other STIs transmission modes and how to reduce the risk of HIV/STI transmission. It includes sharing information about medical and psychosocial support services and counseling with clients to improve their health status. Prevention staff are trained to provide risk reduction counseling.
Public Health Strategies
Targeted HIV Counseling, Testing and Referrals (CTR) is a service offered to individuals that want to know their HIV status. We offer HIV test using rapid test technology that will provide test results within 15-20 minutes. Individuals also receive risk reduction counseling and referrals are made to other services for those identified with HIV antibodies and those who are high risk for HIV and other STIs. Prevention staff are trained and certified to offer testing on site at the agency various locations and at non -traditional community locations including mobile and in-home testing.
Behavioral Interventions (EBIS)
Healthy Relationship is a five-session, small-group intervention for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. It is based on Social Cognitive Theory and focuses on developing skills and building self-efficacy and positive expectations about new behaviors through modeling behaviors and practicing new skills.
MPowerment is a community-level intervention designed for young gay and bisexual men of diverse backgrounds. The intervention mobilizes men to reduce sexual risk taking, encourages regular HIV testing, builds positive social connections and supports peers to have safer sex through one session MGroup and social events for targeted population.
Sister to Sister is a brief (20-minute), one-on-one, skill-based HIV/sexually transmitted disease (STD) risk-reduction behavioral intervention for sexually active African American women 18 and over that is delivered in a clinical setting (Meck County Health Dept.). The purpose of Sister to Sister is to: provide intensive, culturally sensitive health information to empower and educate women ; help women understand the various behaviors that put them at risk for HIV and other STDs; and enhance their knowledge, beliefs, motivation, confidence, and skills to help them make behavioral changes that will reduce their risk for STDs, especially HIV.
VOICES VOCES is a group-level, one-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American men and women. Core elements of the intervention includes viewing culturally-specific videos portraying condom negotiation, conducting small group skill-building sessions to work on overcoming barriers to condom use and educating program participants about different types of condoms and their features.
Linkage to Care: Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an individual-level, multi-session intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory. The model encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for himself/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the Linkage Coordinator. ARTAS is any individual who were previously diagnosed with HIV and have fallen out of care
Every Day Every Dose is a Medication adherence toolkit which includes evidence-based strategies to help improve medication adherence among patients living with HIV. These
intervention help linkage to care staff (Linkage Coordinator/ Patient Navigator) assess and manage patient adherence, while also establishing a trusting relationship with their clients to help identify and address any barriers to treatment adherence.
Meet Our Prevention /Education Team
Dr. Darrin Johnson- Program Manager
Donte Prayer- Prevention Coordinator
Kalisha Bellamy- Prevention Coordinator
Damien Thomas- Prevention Coordinator
Maurice Young- Prevention Coordinator
Erick Jamison- Prevention Coordinator
L-Monique King- Administrative/Data Coordinator
William Wright- Patient Navigator
Erica Marshall – Health Facilitator