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National Indian Women's Health Resouce Center

HIV/AIDS Health Promotion an Education
Cooperative Agreement Program
Fiscal Year 2004

National Indian Women's Health Resouce Center
23272 Highway 82
Park Hill, OK 74451

Phone: (918) 456-6094
Fax: (918) 456-8128

Title: HIV/AIDS Health Promotion and Education Program
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Pamela E. Iron
Target Population:

American Indian/Alaska Native Women

Health Issues: HIV/AIDS

The goal of the HIV/AIDS Health Promotion and Education Program is to raise awareness and educate American Indian women and their families of the risk factors associated with and contributing to contracting HIV/AIDS. This will accomplished by providing culturally appropriate health education materials and trainings on how to reduce the individual and community risk of becoming infected. The project will develop a gender-based curriculum with a focus on young adolescent females and young women age 20-35. Elder women will be targeted to serve as mentors and role models and to bring the message of awareness to the community through culturally appropriate strategies and methodologies. Focus groups, with participants solicited from the eight distinct regions which comprise Indian Country (an area covering 33 states), will be held to document how American Indian/Alaska Native individuals receive health messages and make behavioral changes. Based on the findings of the focus groups and individual interviews, a culturally specific curriculum will be developed for community training on “How to Implement Awareness, Prevention and Change in Your Community.” An advisory committee with representatives of the target population, tribal elected officials, family members of HIV/AIDS patients, and health care providers serving HIV/AIDS patients, will make recommendations for regional sites, review the focus group questions, and make recommendations on materials to be disseminated. A clearinghouse will be developed to establish a nationwide network to disseminate HIV/AIDS materials, treatment protocols, and other pertinent information for HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

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