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CDC Releases Procedural Guidance on HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care (posted 9/2)

Posted: September 02, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a guide for community-based-organizations (CBOs) to increase the number of persons living with HIV who know that they are infected and to give them and persons at high risk for HIV infection the best tools available for staying healthy and reducing the chance of giving HIV to others.  These guidelines were developed within the framework of CDC's 2003 initiative, Advancing HIV Prevention: New Strategies for a Changing Epidemic (AHP).  This Procedural Guidance document gives information to help CBOs come up with a plan for delivering interventions.  It will help organizations design prevention programs and recruitment strategies to promote counseling and testing, health education and risk reduction, and other prevention services; counseling, testing, and referral strategies; and interventions to help prevent the spread of HIV to meet the needs of persons living with HIV, their partners, and other persons who are not HIV infected but are at very high risk for HIV.  Click here to download the document from the CDC website.

The Procedural Guidance document does not give all of the information organizations will need to design, deliver, and monitor the interventions suggested in the guidelines.  CDC will help organizations with more training and technical assistance.  Information about the interventions is available at Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) .



White House Official: President Committed To Addressing HIV/AIDS (posted 9/2)

Posted: September 02, 2009

Jeff Crowley, the director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy held the first town hall meeting of many that are to be a part of the National HIV/AIDS Community Discussions that the White House launched recently.  This first town hall meeting that took place in Atlanta, Georgia is the first ever to convene to discuss a National HIV/AIDS strategy.  Jeff Crowley assured attendees that Obama is committed to a national HIV/AIDS care and prevention strategy.  "With a September deadline looming for congressional funding of the Ryan White CARE Act, Crowley assured the capacity crowd Obama was intent on refunding the act that provides state and local money for HIV care and prevention campaigns," the Southern Voice reported.



RFI: Cultural Competency Training Curriculum (posted 9/2)

Posted: September 02, 2009

The Hogg Foundation has released an RFI for cultural competency training curricula.  The foundation seeks information about cultural competency training programs for mental health service providers.  This request for information (RFI) provides an opportunity for prospective respondents to submit information and recommend ideas for designing, developing and implementing a cultural competency training program for service providers in Texas.  Specifically, the foundation seeks information about curricula, materials and costs associated with cultural competency training, including manualized evidence-based and non-evidence-based curricula and curricula with the potential to be manualized. If available, the respondent should provide evidence of the program’s effectiveness in increasing providers’ cultural competency.  Submissions are due by September 30, 2009 at 1:00pm CDTClick here for more information.



Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2009

The Urban Institute has released a collection of new research that explores the sometimes rough road to adulthood.  This series entitled Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood examines youth vulnerability and risk-taking behaviors on several outcomes for young adults, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 cohort.  Notable results suggest youth follow one of four patterns in connecting to the labor market and school in the transition to adulthood: consistently-connected, later-connected, initially-connected, or never-connected.  Second generation Latinos make a fairly smooth transition to young adulthood, but are less likely to engage in post-secondary schooling than whites.  Youth from low-income families, distressed neighborhoods, and youth with poor mental health engage in relatively high levels of some adolescent risk behaviors and have relatively lower earnings and levels of connectedness in early adulthood.  To read the research articles click here .



SBI Codes Can Work in Community Hospitals (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2009

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drug problems can be effectively implemented in community hospitals if certain barriers are addressed and overcome, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital. The study was published in the August 2009 issue of the journal Substance Abuse .  The researchers' goal was to develop, implement and evaluate the adoption of a model of SBI, using feedback from the community hospital ED.  Most past research on SBI has been conducted in academic medical facilities, but more than half of all visits to emergency-rooms -- the primary nexus for SBI -- take place in community hospitals.  Researcher Michael Mello, M.D., and colleagues, using feedback from emergency-department staff, developed, implemented and evaluated a model SBI program for community hospitals.  Click here for more information.



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