Each year we've been incredibly impressed by the tremendous enthusiasm and energy surrounding HIV prevention for young Gay and Bisexual men that we've observed in communities across the country. Many community-based organizations (CBOs) have been implementing the Mpowerment Project for years, and this blog is dedicated to what we've learned from them.
After conducting research to develop and test the Mpowerment Project, we then provided assistance to organizations who called us for help in implementing their own Project. We began finding out about some of the issues that community-based organizations encountered in implementing the Project.
RELATED: What is the Mpowerment Project? Download Module 1: Mpowerment Overview.
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What is The Mpowerment Project?
This is not traditional AIDS education, HIV prevention outreach, safer sex workshops or AIDS prevention public service announcements.
The Project is run by a 'Core Group' of 10-20 young Gay and Bisexual men from the community with the support of 'Coordinator(s)' who are paid staff. The Core Group, along with other particpants, design and carry out all Project activities. Ideally, the Project has its own physical space where most outreach events and meetings are held. The Project space can also serve as a drop-in center where young adult Gay and Bisexual men can organize, meet and support each other.
Interested? We've created a short 10 minute audio-slideshow for you. Take a look at our research papers - it's all here: Mpowerment Project Overview
The MPowerment Project is one of the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) effective interventions.
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A little about us.
We are researchers from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). We developed the Mpowerment Project; designed from multi-site projects first implemented in Eugene OR (1995), Albuquerque NM (1997) and Austin TX (1998). We wrote the Mpowerment manual in 2002 and updated it in 2010.
The Mpowerment manual is a free download - when you register at The MPowerment Project website.
Let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback- we'd love to hear from you.
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The Mpowerment Project is one of the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) effective interventions.
Implementing the Mpowerment Project is a community solution..
Let us know how we can help your organization. We provide Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) to CBOs, and you can always reach out to us directly. For in-depth or on-going assistance the best way to request assistance is through the CDC’s CBA Request Information System (CRIS). Be sure to include our name (University of California San Francisco CAPS) in your CRIS request.
CDC directly funded agencies can access the CRIS request system here: Capacity Building Request login | CDC funded sites | CRIS system.
If you are funded through your state or local Health Department (HD) you may access the CRIS system here: Capacity Building CDC request system | non CDC funded sites
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