The Tennessee Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 Cooperative Agreement
This proposal seeks to strengthen existing collaborative partnerships among participating organizations with longstanding roots in the minority communities of Knoxville, Tennessee, to develop new resources and enhance our local capacity to implement effective new programs, practices and policies to prevent and reduce the onset of SA, reduce sexual risk factors to prevent new HIV and VH infection rates, and decrease HIV transmission among our most at-risk populations, especially our racial/ethnic minority African-American and Hispanic/Latino populations and other youth and young adults (ages 13-24) in unstable housing. We will include in this target population military veterans and males who have sex with other males (MSM), all of whom have been identified as most at risk due to substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors. Our strategies combine education and awareness programs with the Prevention Navigator Program, social marketing campaigns, and HIV and VH testing services in the established Helen Ross McNabb Regional Health System and affiliated community agencies. Most important, we will initiate innovative new media as a component of a coordinated continuum of culturally competent state of the science substance abuse and HIV /VH outreach, engagement and risk reduction interventions, prevention, pretreatment services, and access to treatment and case management components of prevention, intervention and electronic support.
The proposed project represents the natural outgrowth of the efforts and achievements of University of Tennessee CSAP funded projects, “Primary Prevention with Minority Adolescents”, “Using New Media to Reach African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM”, and HIV/AIDS Primary Prevention Program with Caribbean Youth.” The goal is to leverage the expertise developed as a SAMHSA CSAP grantee to work with the community-based agencies to further expand their substance abuse treatment and outreach capacity and to enhance current treatment prevention services for our at- risk population who currently experience multiple barriers to accessing prevention and substance abuse, HIV and VH treatment services. Through these new and enhanced efforts we aim to provide outreach to approximately 3,500 individuals and intensive electronically-delivered mentoring to 250 individuals (50 per year).