HIV Prevention Programs for Women - In Community SpiritThe 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.
Preventing Risky Behaviors among Minority College StudentsThe purpose of the Minority Community HIV/AIDS Partnership: Preventing Risky Behaviors Among Minority College Students is to demonstrate the effectiveness of partnerships in improving the health status, relative to HIV/AIDS, of young adults, particularly racial and ethnic minorities by eliminating disparities. Through this FY 2010 announcement, the OMH will support partnerships between national minority-serving organizations, community based healthcare facilities, and minority serving institutions, particularly those with a demonstrated history of serving minority populations, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other accredited minority-serving post-secondary institutions. This program promotes the implementation of promising practices and model programs targeting minority communities.
Health & Wellness Initiative for Women Attending Minority InstitutionsNational Indian Women’s Health Resource Center (NIWHRC) proposes to partner with Northeastern State University (NSU) for the purpose of addressing the health of young, minority women targeting American Indian/Alaska Native women. A formal agreement has been executed that cites each entities roles and responsibilities. NSU has the highest Native American population attending a four year college in the United States. The NSU Student Health Services, which is in the Student Affairs division of the university, will be the primary contact. A co-project director will be hired by the NSU to coordinate the Health & Wellness Initiative on campus. The NIWHRC staff will be in a facilitative and support role to ensure that all the goals and objectives are met.
The three major components and goals of the Health & Wellness project are:
- Overall Women’s Health and Wellness promotion
- HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention
- Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)
NIWHRC and NSU will have five Secondary Partners: Help in Crisis, a domestic violence/sexual assault organization that provide prevention, individual and group counseling support, and operates a shelter; Green Country HIV/AIDS Coalition will provide HIV testing, counseling and referral; Cherokee Nation will provide well women screening’s, WIC and substance abuse services; Cherokee County Health Department will provide testing, treatment, and reporting of STD’S; and American Indian Resource Center will assist with educational counseling. These partners will all have a role in the goals and objectives of the project.
Evaluation Process for Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention
National Indian Women's Health Resoruce Center provides evalutation and planning services for the Ponca Tribal Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention program.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response TeamNIWHRC 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.