National AIDS Fund, Johnson & Johnson Award Grants for Pioneering Interventions

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 09, 2010 – Recognizing the critical need to continue bringing evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs to communities where women and girls are at highest risk for infection, the National AIDS Fund (NAF), in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, announced today new grants for GENERATIONS: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS, a national capacity-building grantmaking initiative to prevent HIV transmission among women and girls. The announcement coincides with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The new GENERATIONS grants will support six community-based organizations developing evidence-based interventions or adapting existing prevention models for specific populations of women and girls at high-risk for infection. The grants will reach the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations including African-American and Latina women who do not perceive themselves to be at risk for HIV.

The new grants build upon earlier work of the pioneering partnership between the NAF and Johnson & Johnson launched in 2005 in response to the alarming escalation of HIV/AIDS infection among women in the United States, and named to recognize women’s roles in anchoring the lives around them. Over the past five years, 16 grants have benefited thousands of women and girls across the U.S.

GENERATIONS increases the capacity of community-based organizations to utilize cutting-edge prevention science to implement innovative, evidence-based, and effective interventions to reach specific populations of at-risk women and girls. GENERATIONS aims to meet this goal by providing comprehensive capacity-building support in the form of technical assistance from expert prevention scientists, program evaluation from independent evaluators, and networking among peer grantees.

“We are proud to announce the latest round of GENERATIONS grants on 2010 National Woman and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” said NAF President and CEO Kandy Ferree. “NAF has long known that the most effective responses to the HIV epidemic take place at the community level, and our innovative collaboration with Johnson & Johnson has enabled us to continue supporting life-saving, community-based HIV prevention strategies targeting those populations of women and families most in need.”

A Growing Threat to Women’s and Girls’ Health

More than a quarter of new HIV cases in the United States were among women and girls ages 13 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women of color have been especially affected by the disease. HIV infection is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25–34 years, and the fourth leading cause of death for Hispanic women aged 35–44 years.

“Johnson & Johnson joins NAF in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by announcing these new community-based responses targeting women and families,” said Anu Gupta, M.D., Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson. “Our collaboration with the National AIDS Fund has perfectly aligned NAF’s community expertise with our longstanding commitment to community partnerships that prevent HIV and reduce the burden of AIDS among women and families. We have been encouraged by the outcomes and lessons learned from two previous GENERATIONS grant periods, and are equally as inspired by the quality and creativity of our next group of GENERATIONS grantees.”

New Grants Build on Earlier Success

Historically, many evidence-based intervention programs are developed and tested for narrow populations of at-risk individuals. The GENERATIONS program is unique in its scope and approach to the needs of women and girls because it provides support to agencies who want to adapt or create interventions for subpopulations of women that are not currently addressed by widely available evidence-based interventions.

GENERATIONS III grants will make possible a broad range of prevention programs that will be closely monitored and evaluated for replication in other areas and high-risk groups. The following projects will receive support through 2012:

  • AIDS Alabama (Birmingham) -- Beauty in Knowing, is a unique intervention targeting at-risk heterosexual African-American women ages 18 to 45 in greater Birmingham. For this intervention, beauty salons, which are highly accessible and often hubs of social and community engagement in African-American communities, will serve as recruitment and implementation sites, and will also make available free, confidential, rapid HIV testing.
  • Boston Public Health Commission (Mass.) – BPHC will further develop and formalize an HIV/AIDS and STI education prevention intervention for African-American and Latina women in recovery from addiction who also have co-occurring mental health and trauma histories. The Women’s Leadership and HIV/AIDS Prevention Training Institute is a 5-session curriculum designed by women in recovery and content experts to train women in addiction recovery to become effective leaders and advocates on HIV/AIDS issues and prevention education.
  • Bronx AIDS Services, Inc. (N.Y.) -- The Inside-Out intervention will target young women of color ages 12-17 in the Bronx, combining group- and individual-level sessions to decrease HIV risk-related behavior and address barriers to behavior change including lack of self-esteem, low self-efficacy, lack of familial support and poverty.
  • Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. (Calif.) -- The Beehive Project will use the Hermanas intervention to target Latina women ages 18-29 at high risk for HIV infection, including women with multiple sex partners, women whose partners inject or abuse drugs, women who have incarcerated partners, or women not regularly using condoms with their male partners.
  • Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. (East Harlem, N.Y.) – Greenhope will integrate HIV prevention elements of the evidence-based intervention SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS) with the “Helping Women Recover” substance abuse intervention. The intervention will be implemented with incarcerated women in substance abuse treatment at Riker's Island prison and formerly incarcerated women attending Greenhope's residential substance abuse program.
  • Taller Salud, Inc. (Loiza, Puerto Rico) -- ¡Arte con Salud! (Art with Health!) will integrate cultural identity and the artistic roots of the local Loiza community with HIV prevention messages, strengthening intergenerational communication skills about safe sex behaviors through art and education for young women and adult female family members.

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The National AIDS Fund
The National AIDS Fund exists to leverage resources, develop leadership and advocacy, and foster community innovation to prevent new HIV infections and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. www.aidsfund.org

Johnson & Johnson
As the world’s largest and most comprehensive health care company, Johnson & Johnson focuses on human health. Through its philanthropy, Johnson & Johnson focuses on making life-changing, long-term differences in human health by targeting the world’s major health-related issues. In its HIV/AIDS philanthropy, the company partners with communities to prevent HIV and to reduce the burden of AIDS among young women and families. The company supports more than 100 HIV/AIDS philanthropy programs in 50 countries. www.jnj.com/ourgiving/