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National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents (Resource Center)

In order to achieve the three primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), reducing HIV infection, increasing access and improving care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities, the NHAS challenges stakeholders to respond in a more coordinated national response. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that youth ages 13-24 years have the highest proportion of undiagnosed HIV1 and that the rate of HIV diagnoses is increasing2, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) responded to this challenge for a more coordinated national response with the funding opportunity announcement for a national resource center for HIV prevention among adolescents.

Teens around library table looking at books and papers

In September 2011, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center was awarded funding from OAH to develop a National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents (Resource Center). The goal of the Resource Center is to build national capacity in youth HIV prevention by providing a central, online location to access training, technical assistance, information exchange, and a resource library to remain current about published literature and evidence-based programs and practices.

The Resource Center website, preventyouthHIV.org, is designed for a broad range of youth providers. The homepage includes features such as frequently asked questions and other strategies for accessing targeted information quickly. Resource Center website consumers can communicate and request technical assistance e.g. "How can we help?" Information on the website is broken down into three content areas:

  • "What Works" includes links and adaptation tips for existing evidence-based programming. These broadly applicable existing evidence-based programs include a range of intervention resources such as implementation manuals, lesson plans, protocols, job descriptions, sample budgets, and evaluation tools. For programs to adopt these packaged evidence-based programs, adaption is required. The Resource Center also provides information and technical assistance to help facilitate adaptation. The Resource Center website also facilitates discussion among stakeholders about experiences in implementing evidence-based programs within a discussion forum.
  • "What's New" includes a quarterly listing of current published literature. In addition, each quarter, several research articles are summarized and rated using the CDC's Tiers of Evidence Framework for classifying individual, group, and community HIV prevention3. Articles for the "Editor Picks" summary and evidence rating are chosen based on factors including highlighting programming that targets high-risk groups such as racial/and ethnic minorities since there is a disproportionate impact of HIV that is particularly evident in the 13-19 year age group.4 The APRNC supports an author discussion forum for discourse and the sharing of tools used in adolescent prevention research.
  • "Resources" include links to clinical, community and federal partners with an adolescent and/or prevention focus. This content will includes funding tips, a surveillance map, and content by topic.

National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adolescents (Resource Center Postcard

For more information contact:
Veronica Jones
Program Manager
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
973-972-5589
jonesve@sn.rutgers.edu

 

(1) CDC. HIV Surveillance Report, 2009; Volume 21. Published February 2011. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2009report/. Accessed June 13, 2011. Based on information from 40 states and 5 dependent areas with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting, Table 3b.

(2) CDC.  HIV Surveillance United States — 1981–2008. MMWR 2011; 689-693.

(3)  CDC. Tiers of Evidence: A Framework for Classifying HIV Behavioral Interventions. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/research/prs/tiers-of-evidence.htm

(4) Calculations based on information from Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2009 Table 3b. HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 21. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2009report/ Accessed June 13 2011.

 

Mark Your Calendar

The Resource Center will be exhibiting at the upcoming Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference, March 23 – March 25 in Austin, TX. For more information on this event or see other upcoming events visit www.preventyouthHV.org

 

Featured Resource

High Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) Reference Guide for Billing & Models of Behaviorl Counseling. To download this resource visit www.preventyouthHV.org

 

What's New

Secondary Prevention for Young Women Living with HIV Post date: January 31, 2014
Comment by: Veronica Jones, MPH, CHES Program Manager - National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents. Read more here www.preventyouthHV.org

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