HIV Prevention Programs for Women - In Community Spirit

The goal of this “In Community Spirit” proposal is to increase HIV prevention knowledge and reduce the risk of contracting HIV among Native/American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women living in Indian Country using multi-level interventions and approaches. The proposal is to develop and sustain HIV prevention service to increase awareness of and receptivity to HIV prevention information among AI/AN women living in rural and frontier Indian Country experiencing high rates of HIV infection within female populations. The prevention activities will support and promote women receiving a test to find out their status. The National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center has partnerships with two Community Partners: HIV Education and Resource Training (HEART Coalition) and the Cherokee Nation. The Community Partner’s coordinators will recruit women to receive the HIV/AIDS training that is gender specific. A certified counselor will be present at all the trainings providing testing.

Tribal Teen Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

NIWHRC is a partner with Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Services in providing culturally appropriate methods for: Reducing adolescent pregnancy, Delaying sexual activity among youths and Increasing condom use and other contraceptives among sexually active youth.  Since October 2013 to present over 1,400 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade have completed the "Draw the Line/Respect the Line" Curriculum.  

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team

NIWHRC is a partner with Cherokee Nation and Help in Crisis in providing 24 hour emergency expanded and enhanced Sexual Assault services in a four county area.  In addition a Child Advocacy Center was implemented in Cherokee County.  The CAC received national accreditation through the National Child Alliance.  Twelve (12) of the team members received professional training regarding violence against women issues.

STD Prevention for American Indian/Alaska Native Populations

NIWHRC is a partner with the Association of American Indian Physicians in providing STD Prevention for American Indian/Alaska Native Populations project to reduce STD disparities among AI/AN populations in the U.S.  The BART Curriculum is being used to teach adolescents within the Cherokee Nation Tribal Boundaries.  

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