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Combating HIV on Campus: Engaging Black Female Students in the Fight against AIDS

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National Council of Negro Women
633 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-0120 (Phone) Exit Disclaimer

Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, national and community-based services, and programs on issues of health, education and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa.

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Combating HIV on Campus: Engaging Black Female Students in the Fight against AIDS
Dr. Avis Jones-Weever
(202) 737-0120


The purpose of Combating HIV on Campus is to address the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS on young African-American women. This burden stems from a lack of power in their relationships, a lack of information of HIV risk factors and the stigma associated with contracting HIV/AIDS. This project intends to raise awareness among young African-American female students at Howard University and Bennett College of their unique risk for HIV infection and knowledge of HIV risk factors. The program will teach condom negotiation skills and engage female students in culturally-appropriate and gender-appropriate interventions. To this end, the project will form partnerships with the aforementioned academic institutions, as well as Community Education Group and Piedmont Health services. They will work together to host biannual on-campus HIV testing, create and distribute HIV fact sheets and research briefs, support Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS (SISTA) (an HIV prevention intervention designed to encourage condom use and condom negotiation skills among young black women), contribute at least four articles about HIV/AIDS per year to each campus newspaper and provide technical assistance to National Council of Negro Women affiliates. Intended outcomes of this project include increasing the number of women aware of their health status, improving public awareness of the prevalence of HIV among young African-American women and improving health behaviors among program participants. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached pre/post assessments and tracking tools will be developed to collect data on the participants' knowledge about HIV/AIDS. This data will include the number of fact sheets that are distributed, the number of visitors to HIV/AIDS related websites and the number of individuals who receive HIV/AIDS testing.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not specifically identified.

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