Developing a Needs Assessment. Marline Vignier, MPH Intern. 1. Abstract:.
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Marline Vignier, MPH
HIV/AIDS continues to be a growing epidemic infecting many communities all across the globe. Within New York State, HIV/AIDS rates are disproportionately affecting African Americans. According to the New York State Department of Health, as of June 2003, 46% of HIV cases and 45% of AIDS cases were comprised of African Americans. The Capital District serves as the epicenter for AIDS cases in the Northeastern Region for the Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Troy areas. African Americans make up 20% of the urban population within the Capital District but represent 35% of the AIDS cases and 42% of the HIV cases.
Organizations such as CDAACA play an instrumental role with dispelling the myths and misleading information that surrounds HIV/AIDS, its transmission and impact on one’s life. The purpose of conducting a needs assessment will help determine if services and programs meet the needs of CDAACA’s service area, the Capital District, while identifying and building on current programming and community assets. The need assessment will also help identify risk factors and barriers to tailor interventions specific to the needs of the community.
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health impact within the community