Project SAVED! (Strengthening Access via Education and Diligence) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV Capacity Building Funded initiative that began in October 2009 as one of the community outreach programs of the Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of Project SAVED! is to enlist faith leaders, health providers, students and administration from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other community members dedicated to reducing the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS among African Americans and provide them with the skills necessary to create opportunities and new community venues for at –risk African Americans to access HIV prevention education and testing services.
To provide culturally appropriate training on community engagement models and strategies that equips and empowers faith leaders, health professionals HBCU students and administration to facilitate community partnerships for HIV prevention and testing services for at –risk African Americans adults and adolescents residing in the Southern United States. Through training, Project SAVED! aims to encourage and empower faith leaders, health professionals and HBCUs to explore establishing their institutions and/or organizations as testing sites in an effort to increase the number of African Americans in the South who are aware of their HIV status and possibly link them to appropriate health care.
Training seminars offered through Project SAVED! are free and focus on:
- Increasing knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS and the biological and social determinants of disease
- Presenting factual information to help discredit the stigma often associated with HIV/AIDS
- Explaining the disproportionate impact and disparate nature of HIV among African Americans
- Conducting HIV Rapid tests
- Identifying care services for HIV positive persons
- Applying community engagement and community mobilization models for HIV Prevention
- Assisting faith leaders, health providers, students and administration from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other relevant community stakeholders in developing community level work plans for HIV prevention.
Project SAVED! provides on-site, web-based or teleconference consultations and for those who seek assistance developing interventions, identifying HIV community resources, or integrating HIV testing during health fairs.
Project SAVED! is available to provide training at churches, schools, community centers, conferences or other appropriate venues. Training seminars are scheduled for a minimum of four (4) hours and a maximum of two and a half days (2.5 days) according to your training needs.
GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA
Project SAVED! provides HIV capacity building for stakeholders residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New Mexico.
Project SAVED! is a CDC 09-906 funded initiative.