Maternity Care Coalition
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 205
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 972-0700
Fax: (215) 972-8266
Title: Partnership HIV/AIDS Education Project
Project Director: Bette Begleiter
Target Population: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, African Immigrants
Age Group: Infants, Adolescents, Adults (Pregnant women)
The Partnership HIV/AIDS Education Project is a collaborative effort between Maternity Care Coalition, Drexel University College of Medicine’s Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, and Neighbor to Neighbor Community Development Corporation, Inc. The mission of the partnership is to provide intensive HIV prevention, risk reduction, education, referral, and skill-based counseling to the poorest communities in Delaware County and Southwest Philadelphia. The project primarily targets women of color because of the increased rate of HIV infection in this group has become a local, as well as global crisis.
The project serves 125 participants - pregnant women or new parents - in their homes and an additional 100 community residents in the Neighbor to Neighbor volunteer training program and workshop series. The program strategy includes a combination of individual in-home and group programming. Trained HIV educators visit women in their homes offering individualized prevention counseling, support, and rapid testing. The goals are to help at-risk women remain seronegative, and to assist those living with HIV/AIDS in maintaining their health, reducing their risk for re-infection or spreading the virus. Outreach through the MOMobile van includes one-on-one assessment, education, and risk reduction counseling, implementation of rapid testing and distribution of condoms. The program follows pregnant women through the post-partum period, on average 12 - 20 months. Group programming includes two train-the-trainer sessions on HIV/AIDS for staff, volunteers, board members and guests that provide up-to-date scientific information on the epidemic. Four community workshops for Neighbor to Neighbor are conducted each year. These workshops are specifically designed for a particular audiences: couples - Negotiating Safe Sex-Using the ABC Method; parents - Talking to Your Kids About Safe Sex and STI Prevention; women - Protecting Yourself via ABC; and teens - Relationship Building Before Sex. All workshops use appropriate cultural material such as poetry, literature and artwork by ethnic groups depending on the target audience. Staff conduct street outreach and distribute condoms and educational materials in the targeted communities.