About Be-PrEPared

 

Be-PrEPared utilizes a multi-strategies approach to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV prevention and PrEP among cis and trans women of color. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and if taken properly, can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by more than 90%. PrEP is recommended for those at an increased risk for contracting HIV. Unfortunately, the use of PrEP as an efficacious prevention option has been slow for women of color. Research has shown that due to lower risk perception for contracting HIV and a general lack of knowledge and awareness about PrEP, women of color are less likely to use innovative biomedical prevention strategies. This project hopes to increase both knowledge and awareness about PrEP, and to raise HIV/AIDS risk perceptions by integrating HIV prevention information into the discourse of women’s health.

 

Be-PrEPared aims to integrate health education components related to HIV prevention into a comprehensive women’s health curriculum by addressing health disparities and health behaviors that place women of color at an increased risk for HIV transmission and other health issues. The curriculum and all related supplemental information were informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategies for High-Impact Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Truvada.

 

Be-PrEPared Outcomes

 

Be-PrEPared outcomes include:

 

  1. Develop and implement a health education intervention to increase discourse surrounding health determinants for women of color
  2. Implement health education strategies, digital storytelling, podcast interviews and a web-based resource toolkit to support accurate HIV/AIDS risk perceptions among women of color
  3. Increase knowledge and awareness about the use of PrEP as an effective method to prevent HIV transmission among women of color
  4. Promote self-efficacy for engaging in comprehensive preventive sexual health practices (i.e., negotiating condom use, and discussing sexual history with a potential sexual partner) to reduce HIV transmission among women of color
  5. Identify and disseminate resources and tools to support the use of innovate HIV prevention health education strategies

Meet the Primary Investigators:

 

Dr. Kimberly A. Parker is an Associate Professor at Texas Woman's University. She has earned a PhD from the University of Georgia's College of Public Health, a MPH from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and is a is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Dr. Parker conducts qualitative and mixed-methods research on women and minority health issues and currently serves as the Principle Investigator for several research projects. Her primary studies are Be-PrEPared,  "Lend Us Your Voice" Project, a qualitative study which examines the lived experience of HIV positive African American women in the South, and the HIV risk assessment study which examines multiple variables associated with contracting HIV, social vulnerabilities, and HIV risk perceptions among African American women. Dr. Parker has written several manuscripts on HIV/AIDS, the intersection of race and gender, and minority health issues, and has served as a guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News and The Body. Her research interest includes social sexual factors that influence HIV transmission and health disparities among vulnerable populations.

 

Dr. Kristin Wiginton received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University and her PhD in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to doctoral school, Dr. Wiginton lived in Tucson and worked as a program coordinator for Sierra Tucson Center for Eating Addictions and Disorders. Her teaching career spans over 20 years, with the initial four years at the University of Texas at Arlington and the remaining 17 as tenured faculty in the Department of Health Studies at TWU. Dr. Wiginton has taught a variety of skill-based and content based health education courses, with primary emphasis the past fifteen years on Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology, and Health Advocacy & Leadership. In her time at TWU, she has successfully chaired nearly 40 doctoral students to the completion of their dissertation studies. Dr. Wiginton was a member of the armed forces, joining in July of 2001 and serving for five years as an Environmental Science Officer with the Army Reserves. In 2002, she received the Army Commendation Medal for her work in preventive medicine and public health. Dr. Wiginton's research initiatives have focused on comorbidities of systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases, and the patient perspective of living with a chronic disease.

 

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

 

Primary Investigators:

Kimberly A. Parker, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Principal Investigator

Kristin L. Wiginton, PhD, Investigator

 

Allesandre Bartella, Social Media Specialist

Mukam Jendayi, MA Independent Consultant

Megan Johnson, Technical Support

Chelea Mbakwe, Support Specialist

Rashida Mohammed, Curriculum and Development Specialist

Laura Beth Taylor, Digital Design Media Specialist

Abigail Tilton, PhD, MSSW, Investigator

Elizabeth Wachira, RN, BSN, MPH, Technical Assistance and Curriculum Design

 

The investigators wish to acknowledge the efforts of the following members of the development and advisory team that participated in the creation, review and dissemination of this project. Without their valuable effort and support, this endeavor would not have been possible.

 

Valerie Agee, PhD, MSHS

Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner

HIV Care Services Reentry Coordinator

HIV/STD Prevention & Care Branch

Texas Department of State Health Services

 

Michelle Anderson

Community Support Specialist

HIV Educator

Phoenix House

 

Nicole Carter, BSW

Independent Consultant, Digital & Social Media Manager

 

Jacqueline Coleman, M.ED, MSM

Director, Leadership Pipeline

NMAC

 

Jody Early, PhD, MS, MCHES

Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies

University of Washington-Bothell

 

Wanda Floyd-Strothers, DSW

Prevention Program Supervisor

Tarrant County Public Health

Adult Health Services

 

Dominique Guinn, MS

Program Coordinator/Instructor

Texas Southern University

Department of Health & Kinesiology

 

Texas Black Women's Initiative

 

Akeshai Johnson Smoothers, MSW

Public Health Follow Up Consultant

Texas Department of State Health Services

 

Shana Johnson, MPH, CHES

HIV Care Services Consultant

Texas Department of State Health Services

 

Darriane Martin, MSW

Independent Consultant, Curriculum Development

 

Atlantis M. Narcisse, BS

Independent Consultant

Women’s Health Specialist

 

De’An Olson, LCSW

VP, Clinical Judicial Treatment Programs

Phoenix House

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Be-PrEPared Increasing Knowledge & Awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP utilizing a Comprehensive Women’s Health Approach was funded by Gilead Sciences. Funds are not used to promote or purchase Truvada for PrEP as an HIV biomedical prevention strategy. The Be-PrEPared health education curriculum, Stories in Sisterhood and educational resources were created to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. This includes the use of biomedical prevention strategies such as PrEP, and to increase capacity for addressing health disparities and negative health outcomes among cis and trans women of color.

Contact:

email: kparker@be-prepared.org

phone: (940) 898-2899