Substance abuse and HIV are significant public health challenges for African American college students, resulting in a disproportionate burden of HIV infection among this population. To address this issue, the SARDI program created and implemented the Peer Movement Project (PMP), a substance abuse and HIV prevention program targeting African American college students ages 18 to 24 at Wright State University, Central State University, and Wilberforce University.
The three goals of the project include:
- Initiate SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process to implement and evaluate strategically planned services based on the unique needs and strengths of African American college students ages 18 to 24.
- Increase substance abuse and HIV prevention capacity to better serve African American college students.
- Expand substance abuse and HIV prevention, and HIV counseling and testing services for African American college students.
To achieve these goals, PMP implemented the following project activities:
- Life on the Yard, a locally developed direct service prevention program;
- HIV and hepatitis C testing and counseling;
- Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention Strategies (PROMISE), a CDC High Impact HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (HIP); and
- Social Media Campaign
Paired-samples t-tests were conducted to compare surveys completed before and three months after the YARD training. Preliminary analyses revealed statistically significant increases in risk perception associated with substance use and sexual behavior from intake to three-month follow-up. In addition, there were statistically significant increases in condom use, decreases in the number of days drinking alcohol, and reductions in the number of sexual partners reported.
Nicole Kinzeler, Ph.D.
- Central State University
- Wilberforce University
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