GENERATIONS: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS
GENERATIONS: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS is a unique partnership between the AIDS United and Johnson & Johnson that focuses on bringing evidence-based HIV prevention interventions to communities of at-risk women in the United States. The GENERATIONS program is both a reflection of Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to communities and an extension of the AIDS United’s philosophy that the most effective responses to the HIV epidemic take place at the community level.
Recognizing the critical need for prevention strategies to curb the increasing HIV transmission rate among women and girls, the goal of the GENERATIONS program is to provide capacity-building services to empower local organizations either to develop new, innovative interventions based on behavioral change theories or to adapt proven prevention models for specific populations of women and girls at high risk for infection.
Along with providing program support for over two years, the GENERATIONS grants enable a team of HIV prevention experts, led by Dr. Cynthia Gómez, Director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, to guide grantees as they pilot and implement their interventions. In addition, grantees are matched with an evaluator to help them assess their interventions’ progress towards achieving stated goals and objectives and to build long-term evaluation capacity in their organizations.
Unique Program Model
AIDS United is a leader in the HIV/AIDS grantmaking field because we provide the necessary support to organizations that are best-positioned to reach women most at-risk in the US. We capitalize on organizations’ expertise and creativity by structuring the GENERATIONS Initiative to include a four-month Formative Phase during which organizations work closely with the technical assistance team and evaluators to conduct formative research and draft an innovative intervention. Grantees then take advantage of a four-month Pilot Phase during which they test their interventions with their target population before finalizing the curriculum. During the 20-month Implementation Phase organizations continue to monitor the impact of their intervention through continuous review of process and outcome evaluation data. At the end of the grant period organizations have an evidence-based intervention, a wealth of knowledge about their target population and what prevention strategies and messages were effective or ineffective, and the knowledge and tools necessary to continue innovative HIV prevention work with at-risk women.
To see the final report on the GENERATIONS II grantees, click here
GEN III grants make possible a broad range of prevention programs that will be closely monitored and evaluated for replication in other areas and high-risk groups.
To read about the grantee projects receiving support through 2012, click here.