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This pilot study aims to adapt a racial and gender-specific evidence-based HIV/AIDS and substance use prevention program called the “The Dreamer Girls Project (TGP)” for urban Black girls in Paterson, NJ. The program will be designed for girls who identify as English-speaking Black or African American and are between the ages of 14-18 years old.

 

The Dreamer Girls Project will be an adaptation of the evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention intervention, “SIHLE (Sisters Informing Healthy Living and Empowering)” and will be adapted to incorporate components of drug prevention.

 

The goal of The Dreamer Girls Project (TGP) will be to a) increase positive and protective sexual practices (e.g., condom use, PrEP) and psychosocial skills (HIV knowledge, self-efficacy among Black adolescent girls in Paterson and b) to increase knowledge about licit and illicit substances and their relationship with STI and HIV/AIDS.

Aim 1. Understand what environmental and socio-cultural factors Black adolescent girls prefer in a successful HIV and substance use prevention program. Aim 2. Adapt the SIHLE intervention, “The Dreamers Girls Project” for the target population. Aim 3. Implement, pilot, and assess feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary changes in outcomes for “The Dreamer Girls Project” on 5-10 Black adolescent girls. This study has the potential to provide new information about strengths-based approaches to HIV/AIDS and substance use prevention for urban Black girls between the ages of 14-18 years old. 

Acknowledgments: This pilot study is funded by a NIMH (R25-MH087217) housed at Yale University School of Public Health (PI: Dr. Trace Kershaw). Dr. Opara's Pilot Study Mentor is the founding director of the REIDS program, Dr. Barbara Guthrie

Participant recruitment anticipated to begin: Spring 2021

 

PILOT STUDY PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: IJEOMA OPARA, PHD, MSW, MPH
FUNDING SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF MENTAL HEALTH
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Learn more about
The Dreamer Girls Project
through our downloadable information sheet.
Click here to download.

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We are currently recruiting, please click here to
sign up or email thesashlab@yale.edu directly.

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