Da CRIBB adapts the CDC’s Mpowerment Intervention, a community-building program designed to reduce transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Mpowerment is based on a peer-driven educational model that engages individuals outside of the traditional clinical or case-manager model of care.
This program was launched to engage and empower young gay/bisexual men of color through provocative group discussions designed to reduce HIV risk. Services include youth engagement programs, HIV/STI screening and linkage to care, social support services, and interventions for HIV-positive young gay/bisexual men and transgender individuals. Mpowerment is run by a “core group” of individuals recruited from the local community of black gay/bisexual men. This group designs and implements many of the peer-led activities.
Necessary Support to Prevent, Intervene, Reduce, and Eliminate HIV-related Health Inequities to address and decrease stigma and help HIV-positive individuals live a healthy life. nSPIRE Mentorship Program: connects newly diagnosed HIV-positive Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM) age 16-29 with supportive mentors to help them reach viral suppression.
While on their path to viral suppression and other healthier lifestyle habits, a mentor that resembles a healthier lifestyle will accompany the individual to help learn and adopt refined behaviors. This program is intended to: assess, acknowledge and address systematic, structural, personal (emotional, spiritual, physical, familial, mental and or literacy) and social factors that may serve as barriers to viral suppression.
- Enhance self-esteem related to disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners.
- Teaching self-efficacy related to medical and treatment adherence
- Designed to help targeted population grow personally and professionally through peer support and reliable, non-judgmental counseling from a licensed therapist.
Assist participants to achieve their potential in life by eliminating health barriers.
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