ACIOP Blog: The YEAH Project Aims to Connect Teens in Detroit to Health Information

The Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), in collaboration with Wayne State University (WSU), and the Connect 2 Protect Coalition has launched the Youth Education Access on HIV (YEAH) project in Detroit, Michigan. This initiative aims to develop an informed and coordinated delivery system to improve access to HIV/AIDS-related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. By doing so, project partners hope to eliminate barriers in access to information technology among Detroit youth in the short term and establish communities that are better positioned to decrease the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Detroit youth in the long term.

Partner organizations involved in the implementation of YEAH have been committed to providing health services and support for young people in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan for a number of years. The project bolsters, consolidates, and amplifies those ongoing efforts through the following objectives:

1: Designing and conducting at least two skill development trainings. One of the trainings is for youth living with or impacted by HIV and the other is for providers who work with youth living with or impacted by HIV.

2: Developing, designing, and disseminating at least three health educational or informational materials about using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources

3: Purchasing hardware and software for the purpose of accessing and sharing HIV/AIDS-related information

4: Conducting process and outcome evaluation through a partnership with the Michigan Public Health Initiative (MPHI).

Currently, we are in the earliest phases of launching the YEAH project. These first steps have included hiring a part-time Training Coordinator and Facilitator, as well as contracting with a researcher who will provide additional support as needed. The Training Coordinator and Facilitator is instrumental in developing and implementing the YEAH youth workshops and growing/maintaining relationships with various community stakeholders. Additionally, we have created a steering committee of expert organizations to guide the project. This team includes the partners listed above, as well as the State of Michigan Health Department, LGBTQ Detroit, and the  Horizons Project. This committee will meet for the first time in April 2020.

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