2003 Conference Intervention Village

Unity Project
Joanne Mickalian, David Olem

The Unity Project is an intervention for people living with HIV to improve their health and well being. The intervention involves 15 one-on-one meetings with a trained facilitator. The meetings are divided into three Modules which include five meetings each, followed by a three-month break. The overall goal of the meetings is to give the participant a greater sense of control over many aspects of his/her life. In Module 1, the focus is on developing and/or maintaining skills for coping with stress and difficult life situations. In Module 2, the skills developed in Module 1 are applied to the participant’s intimate relationships to help improve sexual communication and safety. In Module 3, the participant learns to apply these skills to his/her relationships with doctors and other providers, feelings about treatment, and the effect of healthcare on his/her life. Assessments are conducted every 5 months during this 25-month trial.

Materials available:
· Intervention Tools
· Assessment Interview
· Recruitment Media Packet

Action Point 
Pam Klein, Jon Botson

Action Point Center is a storefront medication adherence program for homeless people with HIV. Most clients also suffer from mental illness and/or substance use. Program components include: medication storage/dispensing, pharmacist consultation, acupuncture, adherence devices, monetary incentives, case management, and nursing services. Action Point is independent of any health care facility. Clients receive primary HIV care from a wide variety of providers in both community and private clinic settings. Action Point is a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Materials available:
· Program Information flier
· Provider intake form
· Adherence Log
· Action Point Program Manual
· Action Point Proceedures Manual
· Sample Care Plans
· “Lessons Learned” Power Point presentation

Katie Kramer, Mick Gardner, Annette Lerma

Centerforce is a community-based organization dedicated to strengthening individuals and families affected by incarceration through providing a comprehensive system of education and support. Centerforce provides services to inmates and their families at various county jails, State prisons, and Federal correctional facilities throughout Northern and Central California. Current efforts include prevention case management, literacy, family support services, health education, parenting, health and wellness services, policy, research, and educational material development.

Materials available:
· “Inside/Out: Real Stores of Men, Women and Life after Incarceration” Video – Targets women with incarcerated partners. (for sale)
· “What Does He Do in There?” video – Targets children with incarcerated parents. (for sale)
· “Reach One/ Teach One” –Program kit includes training curriculum, participant handouts, presenter overheads, supplemental educational materials and group activities, evaluation tools and a technical manual. (for sale – ordering info available)
· Various health education materials produced by inmates for other inmates.

VOICE Project
Barbara Garcia and Caryn Pelegrino

The VOICE Project is a trial of a prevention intervention for HIV+ injection drug users (IDUs). The intervention seeks to decrease risky sex and drug-taking behaviors, increase healthcare utilization, and increase adherence to HIV medications among HIV+ IDUs. Based on our formative research (the VENUS Study) we designed a peer mentorship training intervention that teaches HIV+ IDUs risk reduction and health care management skills while highlighting their importance as valuable mentors to other HIV+ IDUs. Because HIV+ IDUs often have problematic relationships with services, this intervention includes an experimental agency volunteer component to increase service delivery knowledge, utilization and resource expertise. 375 HIV+ IDU men and women will be recruited from San Francisco and the East Bay.

Materials available:
· Recruitment materials
· Description of intervention
· Intervention tools

Hermanos de Luna y Sol
Fernando Gómez

Hermanos de Luna y Sol is a program for Spanish-speaking Latino gay and bisexual men. It consists of six-session meetings where we share our experiences in relation to specific areas in our lives. Some of the topics we address include relations with family, our sexuality, sociocultural factors that impact our lives, and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected us. Hermanos de Luna y Sol includes a group for youth between 14 and 25 years.

Materials available (in Spanish and English):
· Surveys
· Outreach materials
· Intervention tools

The CHANGES Project
Tom Holt, Joey Taylor, Don Chambers

The CHANGES Project: A Clinical Trial of Coping Effectiveness Training for HIV+ Gay Men is an innovative, theory-based coping intervention. The intervention–Coping Effectiveness Training–is designed to assist HIV+ gay men stay mentally healthy despite ongoing stress of HIV infection. The study will look at the problems of maintaining intervention effects, evaluating effects on quality of life and adherence to medical care, and testing new advances in stress and coping theory. Approximately 200 HIV+ gay men in the Bay Area were enrolled and assessed at baseline and at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up intervals.

Materials available:
· Intervention manual (facilitator manualparticipant workbookCaution: these are large PDF files
· Survey instruments
· PowerPoint slide printouts of study results to date
· Recruitment material samples
· Take-away handout summarizing the intervention

Draw the Line, Respect the Line: A Curriculum to Prevent Sexual Risk 
Karin Coyle

“Draw the Line, Respect the Line” is a curriculum to assist sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in postponing sexual activity and using protection if they are sexually active. The curriculum has a narrow focus, theoretical foundation, high interest activities, addresses social pressures on sexual behaviors, and provides modeling and practice of communication and negotiation skills. The objectives of the curriculum are that students will be able to set a personal sexual limit, describe their reasons for maintaining their sexual limit, identify problems that may arise in maintaining their sexual limit and describe how they will address those problems and maintain their limit.

Materials available (in English and Spanish):
· Full curriculum (for sale)
· Evaluation results

Mpowerment Project
David Sweeney, John Hamiga

The Mpowerment Project mobilizes young gay/bisexual men to shape a healthy community for themselves, build positive social connections, and support their friends to have safer sex. The Mpowerment Project focuses on the entire community of young gay/bisexual men instead of targeting men individually or solely through small groups. The Mpowerment Project is designed to be tailored to the needs of every community. The Project is run by a “Core Group” of 10-20 young gay/bisexual men from the community with the support of paid staff. The Core Group, along with other volunteers, designs and carries out all Project activities. Ideally, the Project has its own physical space where most outreach events and meetings are held. The Project space can also serve as a drop-in center where young gay/bisexual men meet and support each other.

Materials available:
· Brochures
· Manuals
· Evaluation results

Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS
Stephen Bridges

Currently, the CDC’s Business Responds to AIDS/ Labor Responds to AIDS (BRTA/LRTA) program reaches many major corporations both domestic and international. Since the inception of the BRTA/LRTA program in 1985, it has been defined as the “gold standard” in addressing HIV/AIDS in the workplace. The BRTA/LRTA program infrastructure is based on the following five principles: Policy Development, Manager Training, Employee Training, Family Education, Volunteerism and Philanthropy.

Materials available (in English and Spanish):
· Manager’s Kit
· Labor Leader’s Kit
· Brochures
· Training materials

TRANS Project
JoAnne Keatley, Jeanna Eichenbaum

The TRANS Project provides a safe space for transgender women where they are welcomed and made to feel at home. The transgender women who utilize TRANS are given support, guidance, and referrals to service providers, and linkage to the Transgender Recovery Program (TRP) for substance abuse treatment and to the Transgender Life Care (TLC) project for expanded mental health services. TRANS workshops mainly serve to educate transgender women in HIV prevention to assist them in reducing their risky behaviors, thereby allowing them to maintain healthier lifestyles. Other TRANS workshops educate transgender women in self-care, immigration issues, legal issues, networking and empowerment. Overall, TRANS hopes to empower transgender women to address problems they face as a marginalized group of people.

Materials available:
· Brochures
· Enrollment information
· Curriculum information
· Walden House TRP information
· Transgender Resource Guide (in English and Spanish)

Photographs by Dave Robb and Maricarmen Arjona

Last modified: February 7, 2011