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Health Initiatives for Youth

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Health Initiatives for Youth
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 274-1970
Fax: (415) 274-1976
Title: HIV, STD, and Substance Abuse Education for LEP Latino Youth in San Francisco and Alameda Counties
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Sharon Dolan
Target Population: Hispanic/Latino Adolescents
Health Issues: HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Substance Abuse

Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) seeks to fill a critical gap in the availability of health education materials and workshops, and in access to culturally-competent health care, for limited-English-proficient (LEP) Spanish-speaking Latina and Latino youth in San Francisco and Alameda County. To increase access to high quality health materials addressing HIV/AIDS, STDs, and substance abuse, young women from HIFY's linking organization, La Clinica de La Raza, will develop a Spanish edition of the Young Woman's Survival Guide, and review culturally-adapted Spanish pamphlets for young men and women on accessing care and preparing for medical appointments. HIFY translates and culturally adapts pamphlets on HIV, STDs, and substance abuse, develops new pamphlets in Spanish and distributes these materials to the target population. Ten HIFY youth-designed health education workshops for LEP Spanish-speaking youth cover topics such as HIV, homophobia, self-esteem, substance abuse, safer sex, and relationships. The 90-minute workshops are offered through schools, juvenile justice facilities, faith-based organizations, and community groups. To increase health care providers' knowledge on health disparities and on culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services for the target population, training is offered 3-4 times per year, for 60-80 providers. A key part of the training is to help providers understand how they can make youth development themes, such as Safety, Relationships, and Skill Building Opportunities, work within their agencies.

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