New Bethlehem Community Center (NBCC) in collaboration with partnering organizations, will offer the Holistic Experiences Advancing Lifestyles Transforming Health (HEALTH) project, to 250 (50 each year) primarily African American MSM and other high risk minority group members, aged 13 to 24, core participants, by providing them with education and activities that will help them avoid HIV, hepatitis, and substance abuse, in addition to other risky behaviors, while improving the capacity of the organization. The project is targeting the most in need young people in the most impoverished areas of Richmond County, in the State of Georgia by providing evidence based curriculum instruction and related services including HIV and HCV testing, and follow up counseling. NBCC through the HEALTH project will provide an intensive program of services for the core program participants based upon the relationships that will be established between program staff members and project participants that will encourage them to follow through on treatment services if they test HIV positive, in addition to avoiding the risky behaviors that could result in additional individuals becoming HIV positive. Project objectives include:
1. To complete a community needs assessment of Richmond County, with extensive examination of the African American MSM population, and the SPF process by the end of the 6th month of funding.
2. To provide evidence based SA, HCV and HIV prevention classes for 450 primarily African American 13 to 24 year old MSM and other high risk minorities by the end of the fifth project year (50 in year 1, 100 each year 2-5).
3. To provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS-related support services and transition assistance including substance misuse prevention, HIV medical care, housing, employment, family, education, and prescription drug assistance services, for at least 50 core program participants, based on needs assessment results, each year of the project (250 in total).
4. To conduct at least 3 community wide special events each year promoting SA, HCV and HIV prevention, to reach at least 500 primarily high risk African Americans by the end of the project (2500 over 5 years).
5. To conduct a social media campaign to reach at least 4,500 individuals with a SA, HCV, and HIV prevention message by the end of the project (500 in year 1, 1,000 in years 2 - 5).
6. To decrease the intent to use alcohol, illegal drug use, and/or to engage in high-risk sexual behaviors amongst core program participants by 20% each year of the project.
7. To increase knowledge about HIV, HCV and/or substance abuse amongst core program participants by 20% each year of the project.
8. To increase HIV testing numbers by 10% each project year.