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Tuesday, November 27 • 10:15am - 11:45am
A-19 - Modifying Evidence Based Interventions: When Local Context Meets Evidence Based Interventions

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Eleven HRSA SPNS demonstration sites were funded to develop interventions/programs increasing access to and retention in care for HIV-positive Women of Color in various settings. Three sites have adapted various CDC intervention models to aid linkage to care, secondary risk reduction, and/or skill-building. Project WE CARE (Chicago, IL) has adapted the Healthy Relationships model and modified components such as film clips, facilitators, series schedule, incentives, and resource packets. The LIFT Program’s (Bridgeton, NJ) intervention, “Yo Me Cuido” (I Take Care of Myself), is an adaptation of the SISTA model. They created two versions of the curriculum, one for Latinas and one for African Americans. And Health Services Center (Hobson City, AL) has adapted the Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) model’s manual and select sessions to suit their population.

Learning Objectives:

  • This workshop will discuss implementation of various CDC intervention models in various care settings.
  • Modifications made to various CDC intervention models to suit varying populations will be described.
  • Outcomes and lessons learned from the modified models will be shared.


Arthur E. Blank,Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Blank is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also the Co-Director of the Division of Research and the Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Health Programs. Dr. Blank is the PI for the ETAC... Read More →

Niko Verdecias, MPH

Project Director and Researcher, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Niko Verdecias, MPH holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, with a concentration in Urban and Community Health. She has worked in public health for over 9 years. Niko’s primary area... Read More →


Karen Phillips

Health Services Center, Inc.

Allison Precht

Program Manager, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Allison M. Precht is the Program Manager for the SPNS Women of Color Initiative at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Chicago, IL. She has worked in the infectious disease field for 12 years in the capacity of research, prevention, and education and program development. She has... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:15am - 11:45am EST

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