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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Women's HIV/Domestic Violence


Women's HIV/Domestic Violence$620,089
 
Women's HIV/Sexual Violence - Implementation, Year 1 (2009)$252,153
Women's HIV/Domestic Violence - Pilot (2008)$270,400
Women's HIV/Domestic Violence - Planning Grant (2007)$97,536
 
Year:2009Amount: $252,153
Title:Women's HIV/Sexual Violence - Implementation, Year 1
Recipient:AIDS Project Worcester

AIDS Project Worcester and their partners have been funded to implement their program for women at risk for HIV/AIDS and sexual violence. During the pilot phase, they screened more than 450 women and enrolled 62 women in the program. Pre- and post-assessment questionnaires administered to the women in the pilot showed increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention. Those in the pilot also showed statistically significant changes in attitudes about violence in relationships and in self-esteem and self-confidence.
The goals of this project include increasing the identification of undiagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS; increasing the identification of women with histories of sexual violence; increasing access to medical care and treatment for women newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; and decreasing barriers for women to learn their HIV status and attendant risk factors. The program will also use social marketing and anonymous informational/ educational sessions to reach out to women who may be at risk and either do not know it or do not know what to do about it.
Their advocacy agenda will include efforts to include the screening tool at various points of entry for women as they access non-primary medical care services that are partially or fully funded by the state and the federal government.

Project Director: Mr. Joseph McKee
Fiscal Agent: AIDS Project Worcester

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Year:2008Amount: $270,400
Title:Women's HIV/Domestic Violence - Pilot
Recipient:AIDS Project Worcester
AIDS Project Worcester and their partners (American Red Cross, Daybreak, Family Health Center, Pernet and the Rape Crisis Center) will pilot a program for women, especially minority women, at risk for HIV/AIDS and sexual violence.  The goals of this project include increasing the identification of undiagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS; increasing the identification of women with histories of sexual violence; increasing access to medical care and treatment for women newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; and decreasing barriers for women to learn their HIV status and attendant risk factors.  The program will include training for staff at the partner agencies to screen women HIV/AIDS and sexual violence risk.  It will also use social marketing and anonymous informational/educational sessions to reach out to women who may be at risk and either do not know it or do not know what to do about it.  They expect to reach approximately 440 women during this pilot year.  Peer outreach workers will be trained and will provide outreach, education and support to women who may be at risk.

Project Director:  Mr. Joseph McKee
Fiscal Agent: AIDS Project Worcester
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Year:2007Amount: $97,536
Title:Women's HIV/Domestic Violence - Planning Grant
Recipient:AIDS Project Worcester
AIDS Project Worcester has developed a collaborative to address the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in 250 women in Central Massachusetts.  The collaborative plans to undertake a planning process that will include members of the targeted populations, medical and human service providers, educators and other stakeholders to design and implement research-based strategies to address the spread of HIV/AIDS and other co-morbid diseases, as well as causative social risk factors including intimate partner violence, substance abuse/addiction, stigma, discrimination and gender inequality.

Project Director:   Mr. Joseph McKee
Fiscal Agent:  AIDS Project Worcester
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