Community Education

request-service-buttonSAAF’s Community Education Program aims to provide relevant and appropriate health and wellness support and resources to support the community in playing an active role in achieving, protecting, and sustaining their health and wellness.

The Community Education Program provides workshops, information, and distributes harm reduction supplies such as condoms throughout the community. Our program follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practices on health communication and structural-level condom distribution programs.  Our workshops convey scientifically accurate information to a general audience.

Requests to our Community Education Program most often come directly from agencies, schools, and community organizations that are specifically looking for information about sexual health, HIV, STI, or substance abuse prevention.

HIV 101 Workshop

The HIV 101 will convey accurate information about how HIV can be transmitted and prevented. The topics covered include the definition of HIV and AIDS, the fluids that transmit HIV, routes of HIV transmission, and conditions for HIV transmission. In addition the presentation will analyze the continuum of risk to determine potential for HIV transmission, describe how to reduce risk of HIV transmission for certain behaviors, and demonstrate proper condom use.

STI 101 Workshop

The STI 101 will convey accurate information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including transmission and prevention. The presentation topics include the definition of STIs, the connection between STIs and public health issues, prevention of STIs, proper technique for condom use, and STI testing.

Substance Abuse 101 Workshop

The Substance Abuse 101 will convey accurate information about substance use and addiction. The topics covered include theories of addiction, stages of change model, the context of risk and barriers to health and wellness, assumptions about addiction, and alternatives to risky behaviors.

Viral Hepatitis 101 Workshop

The Viral Hepatitis 101 will reflect an understanding of how viral hepatitis affects the body, identify ways in which Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are transmitted, and explain harm reduction strategies for injection drug use. This presentation is most commonly presented to current or former substance users and providers who work with current or former substance users.

Harm Reduction 101 Workshop

The Harm Reduction 101 will convey accurate information about the harm reduction approach to public health. This presentation will define harm reduction, identify the stages of change model, discuss the context of risk and barriers to health and wellness, and analyze alternatives to practicing potentially risky behaviors.

LGBTQ 101 Workshop

The LGBTQ 101 will provide introductory level information about identities and provide best practice and competency suggestions for those working in various settings. The presentation will identify the distinctions between sex, gender, and sexuality, recognize ways assumptions can be made based on gender expression, define the identities indicated by “LGBTQ+”, and describe practical cultural awareness tools for being inclusive and respectful.

Resource and Information Table

Resource and information tables are provided at health fairs and other community events. Participants of the events are engaged for conversation that will lead to increased knowledge about health risk and risk reduction along with the sharing of information about the agency and other community services.  Depending on the type of event and its location, staff and volunteers will distribute literature, condoms, and other safer sex materials.

Below are comments from individuals who attended an HIV 101 presentation from one of SAAF’s Community Education members:

“I enjoyed the explanation about how HIV works in the immune system…I learned the most from this aspect of the presentation.”

“Amazing – really covered the info well – A great spokesperson.”

“Very interesting, learned a lot about HIV and AIDS and how it’s transmitted.”

“It was the best I’d ever attended.”

To schedule a presentation or information table, please fill out the form by following this link. Someone from SAAF will be in touch within 48 business hours to follow up.

News and Events

  • National HIV Testing Day is June 27, May 19, 2017

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  • 35th Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial is Sunday May 21, May 2, 2017

    The 35th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be commemorated worldwide on Sunday May 21, 2017. This year’s local event will take place at the Historic Y, located at 300 East University Blvd, from 6:30-7:30pm.  This is a free event and open to the public. This year’s event will include a multi-faith blessing; performances; a moment […]

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  • Stonewall Foundation to fund Endowment for SAAF’s Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, April 14, 2017

    The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) has been awarded funding from the locally-based Stonewall Foundation to support the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- A SAAF Place for Youth. This annual funding is in perpetuity and will help fund renovations at the Center in the initial year of funding while establishing and growing the Stonewall Foundation […]

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  • SAAF Volunteer Appreciation Event is April 27, April 5, 2017

    SAAF will once again shine the spotlight on our wonderful volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. This year’s event will take place during National Volunteer Week, on Thursday April 27, 2017; from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Y. Dinner will be catered by Carte Blanche catering, served by SAAF employees followed by […]

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    The 5th annual Arizona Gives Day is Tuesday April 4 and we hope that you will consider giving to SAAF on that day. We have arranged match gifts totaling $3,000 but we need your help to make sure that we reach each match (see below for a listing of match donors). Plus, if SAAF is […]

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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.