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Puerto Rican Family Institute Inc.

State (Location): New York and New Jersey
Grant Program: The HIV/AIDS Health Education and Promotion Program, FY 2007
Organization Name: Puerto Rican Family Institute (PFRI)
Organization Address: 145 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone Number: (201) 610-1446
Fax Number: (201) 610-9426

Title of Project: The Puerto Rican Family Institute Health Education Program
Project Director: Frank R. Solano, PhD

Description of Organization:
The Puerto Rican Family Institute, founded in 1960, is a nonprofit, multi-program, family-oriented health and human service agency whose primary mission is to prevent family disintegration and enhance the self-sufficiency of the Latino community. The Puerto Rican Family Institute offers a comprehensive array of social and health care services that are culturally and linguistically relevant. Core services include mental health treatment, crisis intervention, placement prevention, residential care and education. Their programs operate in the continental United States and Puerto Rico, and serve a large immigrant population with a solid record of success.

Description of project:
The National Office of the Puerto Rican Family Institute received a grant from the US Office of Minority Health for HIV/AIDS Health Education program to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS high risk behavior and prevention among minority college students. The grant will be implemented in partnership with colleges in New York (Hostos Community College, Lehman College and SUNY-Westchester Community College) and New Jersey (Hudson County Community College, New Jersey City University, Montclair State University), including referral agencies in both states.

The goals of the project are: 1) to start a health education and promotion about HIV/AIDS in colleges and universities with significant numbers of minority college students, 2) to outreach and implement HIV/AIDS Health Education by presenting HIV/AIDS educational workshop sessions to 1,800 students for three years, 3) to establish a media outreach campaign to distribute health education materials to minority students, fraternities, sororities and the general student body by developing a Public Service Announcement (PSA) DVD developed by college students for students to disseminate and post on various Web sites, 4) to strengthen the patient-provider relationship between the PRFI Health Education program for referral and interaction with provider agencies in the target areas near the college/university sites, and 5) to conduct an evaluation on the proposed program activities in achieving increased awareness and improvement of patient-provider interaction. Staff will also identify a core group of students who will develop a script for the development and implementation of a video for dissemination as a PSA. The project utilizes an HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum in order to target African-American and Latino college-level students or participants. Its goal is to inform students about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to promote positive, healthy decision-making and academic advancement. The educational sessions strives to meet its purpose by being culturally competent and by addressing the specific needs of Hispanics and other minorities. Rather than emphasizing the medical aspects of HIV, this curriculum teaches skills in decision-making, assertiveness and communication. It also affirms sexuality as a positive, healthy aspect of human development in an effort to encourage young people to adopt positive, healthy behaviors.

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