I AM... Powerful - Using Empowerment to Decrease the Spread of HIV among YMSM of color in Philadelphia
Tariem Burroughs and Derrick Gibbs, Philadelphia FIGHT's Youth Health Empowerment Project's I AM... program
Given data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Philadelphia Department of Health on the state of HIV among YMSM in Philadelphia, the question that we now pose is why? Why does this virus continue to spread at a rapid rate in this particular community, and what can we do to slow its transmission in Philadelphia? In this presentation, we will address these questions while also supplying background and history of HIV and AIDS prevention efforts in this community. We will describe the current state of affairs in this field, and will highlight the challenges that are arising. We will also explain what we see are the benefits of taking an organizational development perspective to boost resiliency and therefore enact effective and lasting cultural norm changes in this community, and we will explain what we would recommend for culturally sound interventions to achieve a viable and lasting change that will literally save lives.
Tariem Burroughs is a native of Philadelphia, PA and currently serves as the I AM...Program Coordinator for Philadelphia FIGHT's Youth Health Empowerment Project's I AM... program. Prior to his experience at Y-HEP, Tariem was the Director of Child Care and Organizational Evaluation at a local community center. Tariem has been in Out-of-School Time practitioner for over 10 years and hopes to continue to strengthen and empower youth. Tariem is also a Master's Degree candidate in Organizational Development and Leadership at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Derrick Gibbs is a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and currently serves in the capacity as POL Facilitator for Philadelphia FIGHT's Youth Health Empowerment Project's I AM... program. Prior to his experience at Y-HEP, Derrick was responsible for coordinating HIV Prevention services targeting young men who have sex with men at the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in Camden, NJ. Derrick is a trained facilitator in several HIV Prevention Effective Behavioral Interventions and is committed to assisting young people maximize their potential through a holistic approach to health and wellness. Currently he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University.
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