The Prevention Education Department educates communities on Long Island about HIV and AIDS and offers specialized training for professionals who work with this disease.
Prevention Education Department
The Prevention Education Department educates communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties by conducting an extensive range of primary and secondary education presentations to a wide array of audiences and provides on-the-spot education about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Hepatitis, Methamphetamine and Substance Use; HIV counseling and testing, fast-track admission into substance abuse treatment and referrals to services through Prevention on Wheels, one of our mobile outreach programs.
LIAAC's primary educators conduct one-time education interventions to a large and varied selection of Long Island residents. The main focus of these interventions is to deliver basic HIV/AIDS primary prevention education messages that increase awareness, build general support for safe behaviors, support personal risk reduction efforts and/or provide individuals with general information about programs and available services.
We also offer specialized trainings for professionals who work with populations affected by this disease. Additionally, Train-the-Trainer workshops are offered to provide professionals with the information and skills they will need to teach other professional and at risk individuals about HIV infection and Pre/Post test counseling training to community based organizations serving high risk communities. LIAAC's primary education programs also include adolescent Peer Educator Training and trainings that are conducted with both the Parents/Caregivers and Adolescents together.
LIAAC's primary educators conduct several multiple-session workshop series that are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as effective interventions and are part of their Diffusion of Effective Intervention (DEBI) programs. These include Focus on Kids, for adolescents who are at high risk for HIV/STD infection; Street Smart is a skills-building program to help runaway and homeless youth practice safer sexual behaviors and reduce substance use; and Safety Counts for active substance users who are not receiving any form of treatment for their substance use aimed at reducing both high-risk drug use and sexual behaviors.
Secondary Prevention Education involves working with populations who are known to be infected with HIV or at high risk for HIV infection and teaching them strategies for improving and maintaining good health. The Health Education Risk Reduction Program provides education for our clients and their loved ones on a variety of health and risk reduction issues. The Consumer Outreach Program recruits high risk and HIV+ individuals to train to conduct one on one education with high risk individuals in their social networks (sexual and/or substance using partners/acquaintances) with the goal of referring them to LIAAC's HIV testing program.
The objective of LIAAC's Counseling Testing and Referral program is to provide rapid HIV counseling testing and referral services to the social networks (sexual and/or substance using partners/acquaintances) of LIAAC's HIV+ and at-risk clients.
Prevention on Wheels
Prevention on Wheels aims to meet the needs of individuals in underserved communities that are post-incarcerated and at high risk for HIV and/or Hepatitis C infection. Services provided include street outreach, prevention education, HIV and Hepatitis C risk assessments, HIV counseling, testing and referrals services and the facilitation of Hepatitis C testing. Program staff can also assist those individuals ready to seek treatment gain admission into inpatient or outpatient settings and provide referrals to after-treatment services and resources.
For more information, please contact our hotline at 1.877.TO.LIAAC