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NO/AIDS Task Force
2601 Tulane Ave., Suite 500, New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-2601 (Phone)
(504) 267-3071 (Fax)

NO/AIDS Task Force (NOATF) has been serving high-risk, at-risk youth minority populations in the New Orleans area since its inception in 1983. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection, provide services, advocate empowerment, safeguard the rights and dignity of HIV-affected individuals and provide for an enlightened public.

Grant Project Information

2009 Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission Among High Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents by Utilizing a Peer-to-Peer Outreach Model and New Application Technologies
$247,874
Noel Twilbeck
(504) 821-2601
noelt@noaidstf.org

Abstract

The purpose of the project is to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of high-risk minority youth by supporting community-based efforts to increase HIV/AIDS prevention efforts and CTR. The program's ultimate goal is to prevent HIV among at-risk youth by providing peer-to-peer education about HIV/AIDS, providing 1,400 HIV tests to at-risk African-American youth and increasing outreach to at-risk youth. In 2008, 20 percent (52) of all new HIV cases in Orleans parish were among at-risk youth ages 13-24, and the vast majority of cases were among African American youth. The target population is African American, at-risk youth who are currently and/or have been in alternative educational settings, juvenile detention facilities and alternative living arrangements ordered by the courts or in Orleans Parish within the last 12 months. The program will identify six young individuals from the at-risk target group to serve as peer workers. These six peer workers will give input and direction on all aspects of program design and implementation, website development, media campaign design, outreach development and evaluation and monitoring. They will develop trust, group cohesion, leadership and commitment among the peers. The program will also develop an interactive website that targets African-American, at-risk youth, and the website will be used as a social network component that provides a platform for the dissemination of general information about HIV/AIDS prevention. The program subsequently expects the following outcomes: increased access to coordinated and integrated services for at risk minority youth and improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of high-risk minority youth. Evaluation will be conducted to identify the effectiveness of the intervention. Performance measures include changes in HIV knowledge and risk behaviors, which will be collected through the use of pre-test and post-test training evaluation, as well as monitoring outreach efforts and referrals to the program, which will be tracked through a program evaluation system. Also, peer workers will follow-up with the youth through youth surveys to track changes in knowledge and risk behaviors, and to track referrals.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)



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