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Distance Learning: Methods for Developing Effective Community-based HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction and Prevention Programs

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Jamillah Berry, Ph.D., MSW
Director of Behavioral Health Services, Pineland MHDDSA
Morehouse School of Medicine
Prevention Research Center
Research Instructor and Program Manager of HIV-RAAP

Sponsor: SPCC Atlanta AHEC

Session Description: An alarming number of African American men and women are contracting HIV through risky behavior and sexual contact. Community-based organizations are catalysts for HIV/AIDS prevention activities.

This workshop will discuss methods for effective development, implementation and evaluation of culturally sensitive community-based HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention programs. Methods discussed include conducting community needs assessments, developing partnerships and collaborative relationships, designing HIV/AIDS interventions that are culturally sensitive and gender specific, and creating evidence-based programs through evaluation planning.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of developing community needs assessments and partnerships when planning HIV/AIDS programs
  2. Identify elements needed to develop gender and culture sensitive HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention programs
  3. Describe implementation and evaluation methods for HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention programs

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
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