Client(s): Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: Health Disparities, HIV & Infectious Diseases, Family Planning & Reproductive Health
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) for the Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Ready-To-Respond Initiative in Communities Highly Impacted by Substance Use and HIV Infection. The Ready-To-Respond Initiative (RTR) is one of CSAP’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) programs.
The Minority AIDS Initiative provides substance abuse and HIV prevention services to at-risk minority populations in communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The RTR program builds on previous accomplishments of MAI grantees' programs like ABCD's Entre Nosotras (Between Us) program in providing evidence-based prevention services by expanding knowledge and experience in developing blended substance abuse and HIV prevention practices for these populations.
JSI assisted ABCD with the development and implementation of the evaluation plan for the Entre Nosostras II program. The Entre Nosotras II program is a multi-agency, peer-led HIV and substance abuse risk reduction intervention that seeks to reduce the inequitable impact that HIV, hepatitis and substance abuse has among young adult African-American and Latina women in Boston, thereby addressing health disparities. The Entre Nosotras II program also implemented an environmental strategy geared towards addressing social determinants of HIV that were identified from the community needs assessment and prioritized for action by the Entre Nosotras Community Advisory Group.
JSI's work included conducting a community needs/resources assessment, developing data collection tools, and conducting focus groups and/or surveys for evaluation purposes. JSI also conducted data collection trainings, developed and maintained their local program database, and conducted regular data analyses, as well as provided recommendations for program improvement based on evaluation results.