NovaSalud, Inc., Community Programs
RISE (Rewriting Inner Scrips): is based on three behavioral theories: Social Learning, Health Belief, and Transtheoretical. The intervention is led by a self-identified member of the community of same-gender-loving men, who is conscious of the role of internalized oppression in his own life. Informed by the Social Learning model, participants observe how much progress it is possible to make in overcoming oppression when the intervention is led by such a peer. The Health Belief model is applied in that RISE aims to increase participants’ health-seeking behaviors by raising their own awareness of self and the importance of mental, emotional, and physical health. RISE aims to move men to act on their own behalf by seeking health services and/or engaging in protective behaviors.
CLEAR (Choosing Life, Empowerment, Action, Results): CLEAR is a high-Impact intervention intended for PLWAHA under CDC’s Evidence-Based Intervention for HIV prevention. It is an evidence-based, healthy behavior promotion intervention for adult males and females living with HIV/AIDS. CLEAR is a client-based program delivered one-on-one counseling sessions using cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior. The intervention provides clients with the skills necessary to be able to make healthy choices in their lives. The CLEAR intervention allows prevention counselors to individually tailor the intervention to address the unique needs of each client.
T-SISTA (Trans Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics of AIDS): based on CDC’s Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project SISTA, TSISTA is a skills training group for Latina transgender women based on gender- and culturally- relevant discussions aimed at reducing HIV sexual risk behavior and increasing condom use. Sessions focus on ethnic and gender pride, HIV knowledge, and skills training around sexual risk reduction behaviors and decision-making.
Sessions include behavioral skills practice, group discussions, lectures, and role-playing. Topics that generate these discussions and activities include ethnic/gender pride; HIV/AIDS education; self-assertiveness skills training; and behavioral skills management.
This HIV testing strategy uses SOCIAL NETWORKS to look/find high-risk gay/bisexual men, who are HIV positive and are unaware of their status. Social Networks uses recruiters who assist in the process of finding these high-risk individuals, who are usually their friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.
Social Networks provides incentives to encourage high-risk Black and Latino gay/bisexual men to get tested for HIV. Each person who tests receives a $10 gift card and the recruiter receives a $25 gift card every time he/she successfully refers three gay/bisexual men to get screened.