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Boat People SOS, Inc.

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

Boat People SOS, Inc.
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, VA 22041

Phone: (703) 538-5510
Fax: (703) 538-5532

Title: Community Outreach Program (COP) HIV/AIDS
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Trang Khanh Tran
Target Population:

Asian (Vietnamese-Americans)

Health Issues: HIV/AIDS

The Community Outreach Program (COP) HIV/AIDS focuses on Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, with a goal of increasing their knowledge and understanding of the risks of HIV/AIDS, and encouraging the adoption of safe practices and the use of counseling and testing services. Activities are targeted to three subgroups: newly arrived refugees and immigrants, Amerasians, and people living in small Vietnamese ethnic pockets, in 15 geographic areas throughout the country. Woking with an advisory committee of Vietnamese-American health professionals, the project will assess the needs of these subgroups; identify barriers to information and services; develop outreach and training materials appropriate to each subgroup; launch a media outreach campaign in partnership with Vietnamese language media; enlist the support of community and faith-based organizations to assist in identifying available community services and resources, formulating a strategy for outreach and cross-referral, and developing a comprehensive package of services to meet the needs of the three target groups; address cultural and linguistic barriers to care through cultural competency seminars for health professionals; and establish referral and medical translation services. The project will work with community and faith-based organizations and mainstream service providers to increase access to HIV/AIDS-related information and services for the target population, and build their capacity to sustain program activities and meet the needs for HIV/AIDS related information and services in their local communities. Other activities include information workshops on HIV/AIDS to train community members on HIV/AIDS-related issues; and one-on-one services for members of the target population, including an HIV/AIDS self assessment survey, translation services, and information and referral.

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