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Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions: HIV Prevention Interventions
The Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project was designed to bring science-based, community, group, and individual-level HIV prevention interventions to community-based service providers and state and local health departments. The goal is to enhance the capacity to implement effective interventions at the state and local levels, to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs, and to promote healthy behaviors. In collaboration with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Danya International, Inc. coordinates training on a variety of science-based, effective interventions for HIV prevention. CDC and Danya partner with the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers, Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) providers, Health Departments, and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to make the DEBI project a success.
The interventions have been proven effective through research studies that showed positive behavioral (e.g., use of condoms; reduction in number of partners) and/or health outcomes (e.g., reduction in the number of new STD infections). Studies employed rigorous research designs, with both intervention and control groups, so that the positive outcomes could be attributed to the interventions. With input from the researchers, the materials necessary to implement the interventions have been packaged into user-friendly kits. With the appropriate training and intervention package, service providers can increase their opportunities to conduct effective HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis prevention programs in their communities.
The DEBI project began in 1999 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Compendium of HIV Prevention Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness to respond to prevention service providers who requested evidence-based interventions that work. HIV prevention technology transfer is a process by which these interventions are disseminated for implementation through provision of training and technical assistance.
Link to Resource: http://www.effectiveinterventions.org/en/home.aspx
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Danya International, Inc.