Community Education

SAAF’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.

Best-Practices for Working with LGBTQ Clients and Patients

This training aims to increase LGBTQ cultural responsiveness of health care and social service providers in Arizona.  The presentation also aims to increase understanding of how addressing health disparities such as tobacco use can improve the overall health and wellness of LGBTQ clients and patients.  Our LGBTQ Cultural Responsiveness Training identifies terms and definitions related to gender and sexual identities and discusses examples of health disparities and barriers to care that impact these communities.  Steps that individuals and organizations can take to ensure services are inclusive to LGBTQ clients and patients are examined and explained.  This training is approximately 75-90 minutes and can be delivered throughout the state of Arizona.

How to Address Tobacco Use in LGBTQ-Serving Organizations

This presentation is specifically designed for staff and management working in organizations that serve LGBTQ clients and patients.  This training provides introductory information on tobacco and tobacco-related health concerns, as well as possible routes to cessation and/or harm reduction.  Smoking rates in LGBTQ communities are reviewed and factors that may contribute to higher rates of tobacco use within these populations are discussed.  Information for staff working in LGBTQ-serving organizations on how to conduct a brief intervention with clients or program participants who may be interested in quitting tobacco or reducing tobacco-related harm is provided.  Local and national tobacco cessation and harm reduction related resources will be available.  This training is approximately 75-90 minutes and can be delivered throughout the state of Arizona.

Limited Availability: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual Violence (SV) 101 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual Violence (SV) 101 will provide accurate information about what constitutes as IPV/SV. The presentation topics include the definitions of IPV/SV, information about the connection between IPV/SV and populations at higher risk for experiencing IPV/SV, specifically gender and sexual minorities and intersecting identities, analysis of rape culture and consent culture, and information about domestic violence and sexual violence resources. (Limited availability dependent on trained staff.)

Limited Availability: Question, Persuade, and Refer
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save lives, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in one hour and 30 minutes, and is available to people ages 13+. (Limited availability dependent on trained staff.)

 

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.

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