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How DV/HIV Programs Impact Systems Level Change at the Local, State and National Level. Aleisha A. Langhorne, MPH, MHSA Health Scientist DHHS Office on Women’s Health VAW Team Leader August 22, 2009. AIDS-Related Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence. Training

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how dv hiv programs impact systems level change at the local state and national level

How DV/HIV Programs Impact Systems Level Change at the Local, State and National Level

Aleisha A. Langhorne, MPH, MHSA

Health Scientist

DHHS Office on Women’s Health

VAW Team Leader

August 22, 2009

aids related services for survivors of domestic violence
AIDS-Related Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Training
    • Domestic Violence Providers and HIV/AIDS Service Providers
  • Capacity Building
    • Building Relationships between the providers
  • Raising Awareness
    • Regional Workshops
    • National Meetings
aids related services for survivors of domestic violence 2009 goals
AIDS-Related Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence- 2009 Goals

Provide training to a minimum of 15 community based organizations that directly service victims/survivors of DV and 5 HIV/AIDS service providers in five geographically different areas:

  • 11 Domestic Violence Service Providers
  • 7 AIDS Service Providers
  • 7 Substance Abuse Agencies
  • 1 Homeless Shelter

Data as of August 15, 2009: only 3 agencies reported

provider training dv and hiv
Provider Training - DV and HIV
  • Train counselors and shelter workers to integrate messages about risk of contracting HIV/AIDS in the services they provide to survivors of DV
    • Develop materials for both group & one-on-one settings
    • Determine the level of need within the organization
    • Track counselor and survivor knowledge and behavior changes
  • Educate HIV/AIDS Service providers on how to:
    • Provide services in a manner that is sensitive to survivors and/or victims of domestic violence
  • Develop linkages and self-sustaining relationships between the provider organizations-BUILD CAPACITY
capacity building
Capacity Building
  • Creates an infrastructure of change
  • Leadership and Staff buy-in
  • Technical Assistance and Updates
    • 238* providers trained
    • 1651^ female clients of Domestic Violence CBOs served
    • 48+ women tested (this is a confirmed number)
  • Local Systems Level Change- policy changes within the organizations

Data as of August 15, 2009: *Three agencies reported, ^Two agencies reported, +One agency reported

state impact
State Impact
  • Advocating importance of integrating HIV information when serving DV community and vice versa
  • Learn from others about what is done in both DV services and HIV education and discover areas that demand further attention
  • Three states- One major city Department of Health is considering implementing DV screening by all HIV providers
  • Direct Outreach to 235^ service providers, medical professionals and other allied health professionals through (e.g. MPHs, MSWs, etc…) through regional meetings, workshops and presentations

Data as of August 15, 2009: ^Two agencies reported

federal impact for programming
Federal Impact for Programming
  • The intersection of HIV and Violence has become an area of interest by many federally funded programs outside of mandates and policy recommendations.
  • The Office on Women’s Health incorporates violence as a focus area into all of its HIV Prevention Programs for Women and Girls.
  • Many national/state funders are implementing work groups which are looking at the impact of STIs on victims and/or survivors of domestic violence.
national impact
National Impact

HIV and Violence Against Women:

A National Conference

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Loudermilk Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

contact information
Contact Information

Aleisha A. Langhorne, MPH, MHSA

Health Scientist

Office on Women’s Health

200 Independence Ave, SW,

Washington, DC 20201

202-401-8325

Aleisha.Langhorne@hhs.gov

www.womenshealth.gov