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Award: Capacity Building Award FY 2011

Awardee: Guam Alternative Lifestyles Association (GALA)

What Is the Problem or Public Health Issue?

Current data released by the Guam Department of Public Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Control (2010) reveal that men who have sex with men (MSM) remain vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. MSM constituted 63% of the current population living with HIV/AIDS, while 101 MSM have HIV/AIDS. Demographic data also show that among those living with HIV/AIDS, 69% are Pacific Islanders, who are predominately Chamorro and people from the neighboring islands. In addition, 76% of those living with HIV/AIDS are men.

What Is the Proposed Solution?

GALA's Capacity Building Award proposal is to develop a peer education network pilot project comprised primarily of members of the LGBT community, especially men who have sex with men and straight allies at risk of HIV/AIDS/STD. The peer education network goal is: To reduce risk of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) within the LGBT community by increasing GALA's capacity to provide HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral services and to increase participant's knowledge about HIV/AIDS and gain skills in risk reduction behaviors.

About the Awardee: Guam's Alternative Lifestyle Association is a community based organization that exists to strengthen the quality of life for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through Support, Education, & Advocacy. GALA upholds a society that embraces social diversity.
For more info: galaguam@gmail.com

Award Amount: $20,000
Award Term: March 2011 - December 2011
Award Location: Guam
Partners: Guam Department of Health

Awardee: Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

What Is the Problem or Public Health Issue?

Dating violence has become a major public health concern for adolescents. It affects one in five school girls and relates to increased risk for multiple serious health concerns with this population. Today more than half of the 40 million people infected with HIV in the world are women, and young people ages 15-24 now account for half of all new infections. The Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services, a government ally for Guam Coalition against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (GCASAFV), recently reported that in 2009 there were 655 cases of Chlamydia on Guam, of which 80% were females. This is the age that prevention and early intervention is vital.

What Is the Proposed Solution?

Project STAR (Strengthening Teens' Awareness and Resources) will result in the development of a public education campaign integrating culturally relevant activities to the target population. It aims to promote positive attitudes and behaviors that are supportive of healthy relationships with young girls. GCASAFV aims to build its capacity by integrating training opportunities that focus on raising awareness and prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS, STIs and tuberculosis for 12-17 year old females.

About the Awardee: The Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence (GCASAFV or Guam Coalition), a non-profit organization comprised of service providers, government allies, and community partners, aims to address sexual assault and family violence on Guam with one united voice. GCASAFV's mission is to identify and address the community needs, provide access to services, and promote cultural sensitivity for all victims of sexual assault and family violence by raising community awareness and building the capacity of member service providers through education, outreach and training.
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Award Amount: $20,000
Award Term: March 2011 - December 2011
Award Location: Guam
Partners: Guam Department of Health
Guam Department of Education

Awardee: Napu Life Foundation in Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

What Is the Problem or Public Health Issue?

To date, there have been very few educational, outreach campaigns and materials produced that addresses HIV/AIDS prevention in the Marianas. Based on anecdotic evidence and sparse data from infection numbers and risk assessments, there is a concern, that the youth and men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for these infections. AIDS related stigma is an issue within the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) community. From outreach efforts, misconceptions about the transmission of HIV such as kissing or using a public restroom still exist. There is still a vital need for HIV education within the island community.

What Is the Proposed Solution?

The Napu Life Foundation proposes to develop a peer based HIV/AIDS prevention education intervention. Napu Life Foundation will recruit and train up to 25 peer educators to conduct community outreach, prevention education, and develop social marketing campaigns to increase HIV/AIDS knowledge and address misconceptions, and stigma.

About the Awardee: The Napu Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS infection and other associated diseases by providing meaningful and effective public awareness, early intervention and prevention services, provide leadership, empowerment and advocacy in responding to HIV/AIDS, and improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS.

Award Amount: $20,000
Award Term: March 2011 - December 2011
Award Location: Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Partners: Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Department of Health



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