ERIC Number: ED469897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
HIV Prevention Strategies for Community Colleges: Lessons Learned from Bridges to Healthy Communities. AACC Project Brief.
Ottenritter, Nan; Barnett, Lynn
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) instituted the Bridges to Healthy Communities project in 1995 as part of a 5-year strategy to develop campus-based programs for preventing HIV infection and related health problems among college students. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored the national effort through cooperative agreements and financial assistance. Twenty-two community colleges, selected through nationwide competition, participated as Bridges colleges, as recipients of Bridges mini-grants, or as Bridges mentors. These colleges conducted a variety of HIV prevention activities to promote change on their campuses. This document discusses prevention strategies, which include service learning, HIV testing, curriculum infusion, peer education, new policies and practices, and collaboration and outreach. It also presents recommendations for systemic change, such as: (1) promoting collaborative relationships with local public agencies and with private and nonprofit organizations; (2) integrating health information into existing courses and structures; (3) offering wellness fairs; (4) helping faculty members develop the skills necessary for motivating behavioral change in students; (5) partnering with local governments to provide health and recreation facilities for the community; and (6) aligning campus strategies with prevention efforts that are known to work. Contains contact information for each participating college. (EMH)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, College Role, Communicable Diseases, Community Colleges, Disease Control, Health Education, Health Promotion, Preventive Medicine, Safe Sex, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.