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CDC Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a fact sheet that examines HIV/AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives.  HIV is a critical public health issue among the approximately 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) who represent about 1.7% of the US population.  AI/ANs represented less than 1% of estimated new HIV infections in 2010.  When compared with other racial/ethnic groups, AI/AN ranked fifth in estimated rates of HIV infection diagnoses in 2011, with lower rates than blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, and people reporting multiple races, but higher rates than Asians and whites.

The CDC’s HIV/AIDS fact sheet can be found online: http://goo.gl/QZy6h

 

Webinar: National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Youth Behavioral Counseling

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Youth will be hosting their very first webinar entitled “Using High Intensity Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections in Youth.”  Participants can expect to learn how the Affordable Care Act is expanding billable preventive services, how high intensity behavioral counseling can be used to prevent STIs and how to access training and other resources.

Webinar date: June 12, 2013 1ppm – 2:30pm Eastern

More information about the Behavioral Counseling Webinar can be found online: http://goo.gl/kqUGC

Street Outreach Program Grants

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The Administration on Children and Families has a call for proposals for Street Outreach Program (SOP) Grants.

Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit. In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs. Since 1996, SOP has been aiding this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.

The Street Outreach Program grant fund grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, oar are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation.  These services are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.  Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities that include States, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities. Per RHY Act section 351, for-profit organizations are not eligible. In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants under this FOA, priority will be given to entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, or street youth as required by the RHY Act. Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Award amount: Approximately $160,000 per year for up to 3 years
Application Deadline: June 28, 2013

For more information and a link to the entire announcement, visit the grants.gov site: http://goo.gl/H50ZK

National Resource Center For HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents supports adolescent service providers (i.e. organizations that work with teens, such as community health educators or clinicians) by providing web-based resources, evidence-based program information, and links to training and technical assistance to help prevent HIV/AIDS among adolescents, in particular adolescents from minority and high-risk populations.

Visit the Resource Center’s web site: http://bit.ly/14COjDn

April is STI Awareness Month

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The American Sexual Health Association has declared April to be Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month. There are an extimated 110 million cases of STIs, also called Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD), in the United States, with an estimated 20 million new cases a year (source: http://bit.ly/X6nymq).

MedlinePlus has a health topic page on Sexually Transmitted Diseases. On the health topic page, there is information on treatment, diagnosis/screening, specific conditions and prevention.  There is an interactive tutorial and resources in over a dozen languages, as well as information for seniors, parents and teenagers.

MedlinePlus: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Health Topic Page: http://1.usa.gov/X6mZsy

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

CDC: Announces expansion of the HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together, including the launch of the Spanish-language version of the campaign, Detengamos Juntos el VIH. The campaign now includes new participants, more materials in both Spanish and English, and HIV awareness and testing information in Spanish through a new website. http://1.usa.gov/11Rwikd

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20th

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.

Goals and Objectives:

* Encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and it’s impact in their community;
* Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counceling in Native communities;
* Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS

For educational materials and more information, visit the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day web site: http://bit.ly/15XjA1O

Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS Grants

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS grants. The purpose of this program is to expand substance abuse treatment and HIV services for racial/ethnic minority women (ages 18 years and older) and their significant others, who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are living with, or are at risk for, HIV/AIDS.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2013

Award Amount: $520,000 per year for up to 3 years

More information and the full funding announcement is available here: http://1.usa.gov/XXy7eh

Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center announces the Circle of Life multimedia program, a collaboration with Indian Health Services.

The Circle of Life is based on the medicine wheel, a powerful teaching symbol about mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness. It is a holistic health promotion model to help students learn about making healthy choices to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS.

The curriculum is intended for middle school and junior high grade levels. The program infuses a multimedia rich format with various skill-building games and activities about making positive choices and the consequences of risky behaviors.

Sign up a live interactive webinar on this program on March 20: http://bit.ly/Z8psTX

Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March 20, 2013
1pm Eastern

The latest project from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) marries the rich teaching of  American Indians and Alaska Natives with present-day technology.  Circle of Life uses the medicine wheel and a culturally competent approach to focus on the issues of HIV education and prevention, and promotion of health and wellness among youth.  Officially launching in March 2013, the Circle of Life is a collaboration between OMHRC and Indian Health Services.  Through engaging characters, original artwork, and up-to-date health facts, children ages 10 to 13 are led on a journey to better health through this online resource that’s already getting positive buzz from young users.

Sign up for the March 20th Circle of Life webinar here: http://bit.ly/Z8psTX