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Increasing HIV Science Literacy in the US


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Rebekah Israel discusses how the African American HIV University Science and Treatment College helps community-based HIV organisations and Health Departments improve their performance in the treatment cascade.

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Increasing HIV Science Literacy in the US

  1. 1. Increasing HIV Science Literacy in the US: AAHU Model African American HIV University Science and Treatment College
  2. 2. AAHU Aimed at strengthening organizational and individual capacity to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities, the African American HIV University (AAHU) is a comprehensive training fellowship and scholarship program. The program is designed to decrease stigma and misperception and increase the engagement of the Black community in HIV prevention and treatment services. This is achieved through leadership development and information transfer among key stakeholders.
  3. 3. AAHU Science and Treatment College The STC curriculum prepares community-based, and AIDS service organizations, and Health Departments on how to improve their performance in the treatment cascade. (CBOs/ASOs) to serve as liaisons between people living with HIV/AIDS and the entities that serve them. STC focuses on HIV and its relationship to human biology, virology, pharmacokinetics, epidemiology, and treatment strategies. By the end of AAHU STC, organizations and their Fellows will be stewards of a living, breathing Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN).  
  4. 4. AAHU STC 2013-2014 Cohort 11 US Cities 10 States Atlanta, GA Baltimore, MD Chicago, IL Jackson, MS Kingston, Jamaica Little Rock, AR Los Angeles, CA Melbourne, FL Oakland, CA Richmond, VA St. Paul, MN Washington, DC Arkansas California District of Columbia Florida Georgia Illinois Maryland Minnesota Mississippi Virginia 16 Fellows representing eleven U.S. Cities, ten States and Jamaica:
  5. 5. AAHU STC Trainings Training 1: Science Academy (30 Days)  Internship 1  Training 2: Community Mobilization (7 Days)  Internship 2  Training 3: Program Planning, Implementation, & Evaluation (7 Days)  Internship 3 Training 4: Advanced Science and Presentation Skills (7 days)  Internship 4
  6. 6. STC Internship Periods  60-90 day internships allow Fellows to apply the skills and knowledge gained during trainings.  Internships allow Fellows to demonstrate proficiency in executing key components of each training, that establishes a (or contributes to an existing) Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN).  Fellows have specific assignments during internships such as conducting face-to-face meetings with local ASOs, CBOs, health department staff, research institutions, and other potential BTAN partners.
  7. 7. AAHU STC Training 1 30-day Science Academy
  8. 8. HIV Science & Treatment Knowledge Assessment 30-Day Boot Camp 57%57% 90%90% *Scores over 100% indicate extra credit awarded
  9. 9. Fellows’ Feedback “Having the opportunity to get a firm foundation on basic sciences and the HIV lifecycle and how they both impact HIV treatment.” “Having the actual medical practitioners, researchers and scientists instructing us was like an experience that can't be matched by any other training I have ever experienced.” “The site visits gave tremendous insight into the behind the scenes real-life action of the war against HIV.”
  10. 10. Internship 1: From Boot Camp to the Battlefield 16 STC Fellows trained approximately 500 people in their local areas. Chicago Fellows, facilitated three post-boot camp presentations.  Approximately 70 participants were trained on the following topics: The Origin of HIV &Basic HIV Science  Average pre-test of participants 40.2%  Average post-test of participants 94.2%
  11. 11. The mission of the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is to increase patient access to and utilization of treatment and care, strengthen local leadership and advocate for policy change in Black communities. BTAN is guided by the premise that when people understand the science of HIV/AIDS they are:  Less likely to participate in stigmatizing behavior  More likely to access treatment  Better able to adhere to their regimens  Better positioned to influence HIV policy Internship 2: BTAN Responding to the Needs of the Community
  12. 12. Local BTAN Projects
  13. 13. Internship 2: BTAN Responding to the Needs of the Community  13 STC Fellows facilitated trainings on HIV Science and Treatment. Total reach was approximately 450 people in their local areas.  8 BTAN cities hosted National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reaching 925 people.  Internship 2 reach: 1,375 people  Total Fellowship reach: 1,875 people
  14. 14. BTAN National Black HIV Awareness Day PrEP Events The following BTAN cities hosted NBHAAD PrEP themed events: BTAN Little Rock BTAN Bay Area BTAN Atlanta BTAN Los Angeles BTAN Minneapolis BTAN Broward BTAN Jackson BTAN Louisiana Reaching 925 individuals
  15. 15. Training 3: Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation  Internship 3 Training 4: Advance Science Skills  Internship 4
  16. 16. Local BTAN Projects
  17. 17. Summary of Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
  18. 18. HIV Science & Treatment Retention 57%57% 90%90% 84%84% 87%87% 92%92%
  19. 19. HIV Science & Treatment Retention 57%57% 92%92%
  20. 20. 7 New BTAN Chapters 6 Re-launched BTAN Chapters 1,875 People Trained 520 People Tested 350 New BTAN Members Community Impact 10 New Community Partnerships
  21. 21. Black AIDS Institute: Strategic Model
  22. 22. THANK YOU! FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OR CONTACT ME Rebekah Israel Training and Evaluation Coordinator Black AIDS Institute