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SISTA Intervention Training

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SISTA INTERVENTION LETTER_2014

The Community Wellness Project is pleased to offer facilitators training on the intervention SISTA, Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS. This course will be held in St. Louis Missouri from February 11 to 14, 2014. This group-level, gender- and culturally- relevant intervention, is designed to increase condom use with African American women and can be adapted for hispanic, native and trans-gendered women. There are five peer-led group sessions that are conducted in two hour blocks that focus on ethnic and gender pride, HIV knowledge, and skills training around sexual risk reduction behaviors and decision making. The intervention is based on the Social Learning theory as well as the theory of Gender and Power. The SISTA project specifically targets sexually active African-American women. Contact the Community Wellness Project to enroll or get more information today.

This group-level, gender- and culturally- relevant intervention, is designed to increase condom use with African American women. Five peer-led group sessions are conducted that focus on ethnic and gender pride, HIV knowledge, and skills training around sexual risk reduction behaviors and decision making.

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The intervention is based on Social Learning theory as well as the theory of Gender and Power. The SISTA project specifically targets sexually active African-American women.

Important CDC Update: 

The CDC’s strategy for High Impact HIV Prevention involves prioritizing and implementing an optimal combination of cost-effective, scalable interventions based on the current state of the science.  This shift should help improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention efforts, reduce HIV incidence, and ultimately increase the possibility of achieving an AIDS-free America.  In its ongoing effort to align HIV prevention resources with current surveillance data and this strategy, the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at CDC will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on the following evidence-based interventions (EBIs): AIM, ¡Cuídate!, Focus on Youth, MIP, Nia, RAPP, Safety Counts, SHIELD, SIHLE, SISTA, Street Smart, RESPECT and VOICES/VOCES (except when used with MSM). The Division also will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on some new EBIs, such as Healthy Love. Health departments or other funders may continue to support implementation of these EBIs, and the implementation materials for all these interventions will remain on this site and be available for download. If you have additional questions about this issue, please contact interventions@danya.com.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) will provide support to their grantees on AIM, ¡Cuídate!, and SIHLE. For further information on DRH’s efforts, please contact Trisha Mueller at czj5@cdc.gov.

For more information on CDC’s strategy for High Impact HIV Prevention, please read CDC’s Dear Prevention Partner Letter that was released on August 26, 2013 and later on October 9, 2014 for the RESPECT intervention.

Listing of the HIV Prevention Behavioral Interventions selected for support and those no longer supported by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

How to request SISTA training and technical assistance

As listed above, CDC no longer offers training or capacity building for SISTA. If SISTA training is desired, you may contact any of the SISTA master trainers listed below to make individual arrangements to obtain training. All costs associated with receiving SISTA training will be paid by the requesting agency or individual. A printer friendly version of the SISTA master trainer list is available under More Info…Relevant Links. 

Patricia A. Frye, DrPH, MPA, CPH, MCHES
Telephone Number: 601.815.9000
Email Address: pfrye@umc.eduMarilyn Ricker Kases, MPH
Inca Consulting
Telephone Number: 314.322.3130
Email: incaconsulting@hotmail.comDana Williams
The Community Wellness Project
Telephone: 314.421-9600
Email: cwp_group@yahoo.com 
Website: www.cwpstl.org
Velesha P. Williams
Telephone: 601.238.7685
Email: williams.velesha@yahoo.com

SISTA Webinars

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with assistance from the Academy for Educational Development (AED), held eight SISTA Webinars during April 1 – June 4, 2009 to discuss revisions to the SISTA Intervention Package.

View the Powerpoint presentation from the webinar. (Adobe Acrobat file)
[Depending on the user’s version of Adobe Acrobat, the page display can be changed to 2-slides or more by selecting View and Page Display from the menu bar]

SISTA Resource Guides

The Resource Guide for Adapting SISTA for Latinas

The Resource Guide for Adapting SISTA for Latinas is available for download.

This guide was created to provide practical technical assistance and resources to staff of community-based organizations who want to use the Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA) intervention with Latina populations. The Resource Guide for Adapting SISTA for Latinas (Guide) was developed over the course of three years by the American Psychological Association (APA) Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program in collaboration with staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The BSSV Program is funded by CDC to provide capacity-building assistance (CBA) for community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments, and HIV prevention community planning groups (CPGs).

T-SISTA: A Resource Guide for Adapting SISTA for Transwomen of Color is available for download at http://www.transhealth.ucsf.edu/trans?page=programs-transitions under T-SISTA Toolkit.

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The T-SISTA Resource Guide provides information about adapting SISTA for transwomen of color. T-SISTA features an overview of trans-specific HIV risk factors and risk behaviors, real-world adaptation examples, adaptation suggestions, and a “Sheroes” trans pride campaign. The session-by-session adaptation suggestions are based on real-world adaptations of SISTA for transwomen of color, epidemiological data, current scientific literature on transgender issues, and staff expertise at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (www.transhealth.ucsf.edu) and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (www.caps.ucsf.edu), at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide capacity-building assistance for community-based organizations and transgender community mobilization.

Research and Development

DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M. (1995). A randomized controlled trial of an HIV sexual risk reduction intervention for young African-American women. Journal of the American Medical Association,
274 (16): 1271-6.

Program Review Panel Information

The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the SISTA intervention to identify, or establish, and utilize a Program Review Panel and complete Form 0.1113 to document this activity. The intervention researchers and developers are not involved in this activity. This is a CDC requirement for their grantees, and all questions in this regard should be directed to your agency’s CDC Project Officer or to the health department funding your agency’s implementation of the intervention.

The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links section of this website.

CDC Policy on Youth Peer Outreach Workers

CDC funded (directly or indirectly) agencies using youth (either paid or volunteer) in program outreach activities need to use caution and judgment in the venues/situations where youth workers are placed. Agencies should give careful consideration to the “age appropriateness” of the activity or venue. Additionally, agencies should comply with all relevant laws and regulations regarding entrance into adult establishments/environments. Laws and curfews should be clearly outlined in required safety protocols developed and implemented by agencies directly and indirectly funded by CDC.

If you have specific questions, please contact your CDC project officer.

SISTA INTERVENTION LETTER_2014

Dear Colleague,
On behalf of the Community Wellness Project (CWP), and Lucid Communications, we are pleased offer the SISTA Intervention training.
As you may know, Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) which is a group-level, gender and culturally relevant intervention, designed to increase condom use among heterosexually active African American and Hispanic women has been de-emphasize to focus on the new health care reform guidelines, High Impact Prevention (HIP) . These programs are targeted directly toward people living with HIV/AIDS or Prevention with Positives (PWP). As a result, training for the SISTA Intervention is no longer available, yet because SISTA is one of very few interventions geared toward women, many health departments and other funding sources are still funding this intervention.
As the curriculum developers and Master level trainers for the Center for Disease Control on the SISTA Intervention, we are offering you an opportunity to receive training on this wonderful women specific intervention. The training will provide actual implementation of the intervention, HIV/AIDS education and facilitation skills, recruitment and retention strategies, program evaluation and key skills-building activities to further enhance the delivery of the SISTA intervention.
The training will begin on Monday, February 10 -14, 2014, at The Community Wellness Project, 906 Olive Street, Suite 425, St. Louis, MO, 63101 with a start time of 8:30 a.m. each morning, and conclude each day at 5:30 p.m. Training will include all related materials and documents to certify participant trainees as a SISTA Facilitator. Participants are expected to attend the full training in order to receive certification, so please make your travel arrangements to leave a minimum of 2 hours after the end of the final day of training. No exceptions please.
Attached, please find the SISTA registration form. Please submit your completed registration form by Friday, January 21, 2014 to Delphia Johnson at officemanagercwp@yahoo.com or you may complete the online registration at www.cwpstl.org. Upon receipt of your completed registration and payment, a more detailed confirmation letter regarding the training will be sent to you.
All participant trainees are responsible for their own travel costs; we have attached a list of surrounding hotels for your convenience and are available to assist you with additional travel recommendations. Please feel free to share this information with other organizations whom may be interested in this SISTA training. If you would like to know more about this great opportunity, give our office a call at (314) 421-9600 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., c.s.t., for assistance.
Sincerely,

Dana Williams, CDC SISTA Master Trainer