The Statewide Community HIV Evaluation Project (SCHEP)

NOTE: This study has ended.

SCHEP collaborators (left to right): Richard Sun, Rick Cea, Jim Noto, Kathleen Quirk, Ellen Goldstein, Loren Thompson, Renee Edgington, Rebecca Weiker, Dave Hall, Roseann Hannon, Geneva Bell Sanford, Earl Storm, Michael Albarnoz, Dorie Klein, Larry Friedman (hidden), Cheryl Houk, Diane Williams.

The Statewide Community HIV Evaluation Project (SCHEP) was formulated in 1995 by the California Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS (OA) and the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS). The overall purpose of this program was to foster prevention research collaboration between local scientific researchers and AIDS service providers. In doing so, innovative AIDS prevention strategies were tested and evaluated for effectiveness. SCHEP was based on the CAPS/Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) HIV Prevention Initiative, which aided collaborations in the San Francisco Bay area. Collaborative teams of CBOs and researchers applied as a pre-existing pair.

SCHEP partners participated in a statewide prevention research consortium managed and administered by CAPS. The consortium fostered the sharing of information across areas of expertise. Investigators could share theoretical and methodological insights, and community-based agencies could develop procedures and infrastructure for collecting data needed for in-house and statewide monitoring of prevention efforts.

CAPS’ role in facilitating this process included overall coordination, contract oversight, and technical assistance expertise in both research and program design. See the Request for Proposals that we used to announce the program.

A mix of populations were chosen, representing high risk groups in California: minority women, alternative school youth, drug-using youth and gay men.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and Harm Reduction Central (HRC), Hollywood

An Evaluation of HIV Prevention and Harm Reduction Services for IDU Youth

Harm Reduction Central, a storefront harm reduction service and needle exchange site, collaborated with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to assess a series of interventions for youth who are IDUs, sexual partners of IDUs and/or other high risk drug using adolescents.

OAKLAND, CA – The Public Health Institute, Berkeley, and the Native American Health Center (NAHC), Oakland

The Women’s Circle: Toward Healthier Relationships: Reproductive and Sexual Health Promotion Project for Women

The Native American Health Center in Oakland evaluated the program, “The Women’s Circle,” which consisted of one-to-one, group, video and special-event sessions, scheduled over a number of weeks, that integrated HIV prevention into topics on sexual and reproductive health. This intervention was designed for sexually active, low-income, multi-ethnic women 15 years and older to encourage healthy choices and enhance women’s intimate relationships.

SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego State University (SDSU) and Stepping Stone of San Diego, Inc.

Alcohol Server Training and Bar Patron Intervention

The project’s purpose was to assess the feasibility of recruiting bar owners and bartenders in gay bars to participate in patron education/intervention activities designed to decrease the risk behaviors for gay men. The project also designed and promoted a campaign associating alcohol intoxication with unsafe sex among gay/bisexual men using a “Don’t Duck Responsibility” theme accompanied with a cartoon of a duck holding beer and a condom.

STOCKTON, CA – University of the Pacific and San Joaquin County Public Health Services

An Analysis of HIV/AIDS Intervention with High Risk Youth

This study evaluated the effectiveness of an AIDS prevention intervention for alternative high school students using peer educators. Approximately 330 high risk adolescents attending eight alternative high schools (students under court order or expelled from regular schools) in San Joaquin County were randomly selected to participate in the multiple week intervention based on Rotheram-Boris’s curriculum or to a control group.

All SCHEP projects conducted formative and process evaluation which provided useful information about their clients and program services. Although significant outcome findings varied, valuable services were provided for clients in need, and productive working relationships were formed between local service providers and researchers.

Based on CAPS’ experience working on other collaborative projects as well as SCHEP, we identified several challenges to moving a successful consortia forward. See key elements of what worked and project challenges in undertaking this collaborative consortium.

SCHEP was funded by the California Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS (OA) and administered by the University of California San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS).


Last modified: October 22, 2012