The Minority AIDS Initiative program employed the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Strategic Prevention Framework to facilitate an evaluation to increase understanding and best practices in preventing substance abuse and HIV. The Framework called for grantees to assess community needs, build capacity, plan and implement evidence based programs and evaluate their effectiveness while incorporating cultural competence and sustainability. The Minority AIDS Initiative program evaluation provided information on the effects on client knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to the risks of substance abuse and risky sexual behavior.
Almost 14,000 persons received direct services while the program reached more than 163,000 via environmental services. The program successfully reached minority populations at a higher rate than found in the general population (e.g., 66 4 percent vs. 12.6 percent African-American; 28.6 percent vs. 14.6 percent Hispanics). Over half of the 5,294 participants tested for HIV were tested for the first time. The percentage of participants reporting increased perceived risk of harm from alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, improved for both youth and adults. More than 49 percent of those youth that used drugs before the program reduced drug use by exit.
Report Title: Minority AIDS Initiative Cross Site Evaluation
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Pamela C. Roddy, 240-276-2422
Record ID: 9025 (October 1, 2012)