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 young 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.
Since the project officially launched earlier this year, the newly-minted steering committee has worked to establish group norms and clear programming objectives. Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee is currently exploring various forms of outreach and engagement that adhere to the protocols for social distancing and safety.
Most recently, in June 2020, the YEAH Project facilitator and program intern conducted a focus group with the Michigan Youth Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (YACHA). This is a group of teens and young adults living with HIV and allies, convened by Wellness AIDS, Inc. and MOASH. The purpose of the focus group was for youth participants to review the NLM digital publications and provide valuable feedback on how NLM resources could be used to effectively disseminate health information to area youth. The feedback collected during the session will be shared in the upcoming July 2020 steering committee meeting, shaping program policy and practice moving forward.
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