The Prevention Education Department educates communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties by conducting an extensive range of primary and secondary education presentations to a wide array of audiences while additionally providing on-the-spot education about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s), Hepatitis, Substance Use, Chronic Illnesses, HIV counseling and testing as well as HCV and STI screenings and fast-track admission into substance abuse treatment.
New York State Primary Education
LIAAC's primary educators conduct one-time education presentations to a large and varied selection of Long Island residents. The main focus of these interventions is to deliver basic HIV/AIDS primary prevention education messages that increase awareness, build general support for safe behaviors, support personal risk reduction efforts and/or provide individuals with general information about programs and available services.
Additionally, LIAAC's primary education programs also include: Client Speaker Training for HIV+ individuals who want to share their personal story and Adolescent Peer Educator Training for adolescents who want to educate their peers about HIV/AIDS.
LIAAC's primary educators conduct several multiple-session workshop series that are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as effective interventions and are part of their Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Intervention (DEBI) programs. These include: Focus on Youth, for adolescents who are at high risk for HIV/STI infection and Healthy Relationships Workshops, designed to assist HIV+ individuals with skills in disclosing their status.
New York State Counseling, Testing and Referral
The objective of LIAAC's Counseling Testing and Referral program is to provide rapid HIV counseling testing and referral services to the social networks (sexual and/or substance using partners/acquaintances) of LIAAC's HIV+ and at-risk clients. The Health Education Risk Reduction Program provides education for our clients and their loved ones on a variety of health and risk reduction issues.
New York State Communities of Color (Project REACH)
Project REACH (Risk Education Awareness Community Health) provides rapid HIV and HCV counseling, testing, and referral services as well as STI screenings for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, to at-risk racial and ethnic heterosexual minority adults 16 years and older. In addition, the program provides Health Education Risk Reduction services and a single session workshop titled VOICES/VOCES, designed to develop condom negotiation skills.
SAMHSA CSAP - Minority AIDS Initiative E.C.H.O Program
The Educated Choices Healthy Options (ECHO) program provides a multicomponent approach to Substance Abuse (SA), HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis (VH) and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention and testing services to ethnic/racial minority populations, age 18-24, who reside in and/or attend Long Island college and universities or are considered "non-college" young adults residing in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, New York. Educated Choices Healthy Options program will increase and strengthen the capability of prevention and reduction of substance abuse and the transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases.
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