Packaging Homegrown HIV Prevention Interventions – National Latino AIDS Action Network

By: Tara Bates, LMSW – Medical Case Management Director
Jose Reyna – Sr. Case Management Service Linkage Coordinator

Have you ever brainstormed about HIV prevention interventions that could possibly reach a community in a way that has yet to be done before? Do you have the perfect intervention that would promote intervention within your community? You may even have a prevention intervention that helps others who are experiencing stigma and discrimination?

During the USCA conference we had the opportunity to hear Miriam Vega, PhD, and Frank Galvan PhD present on what it takes to get home grown interventions off of the ground, and implemented. Both Frank and Miriam work with the National Association of People With AIDS Institute/Latino Institute. These home grown interventions are called Evidence Based Interventions or E.B.I’s. With a little bit of research and time you can package your own interventions. Government grants, local city health departments, and private entities fund these types of interventions.

You may be asking yourself “what are the steps to packing an intervention?” The first step of “packing” is to create an action plan. An action plan is where your brainstorming work is organized. You develop and share your vision, decide who you want to be part of the plan, and the steps to get there.

Next, you create a timeline of the activities your intervention will complete. This timeline not only details when each step will be completed, but it also creates accountability for you and your team.

It goes without saying that a budget is a must when creating any type of plan that requests funds. Miriam recommended that when planning a budget you should average how much money you will need for the “bare bones,” with your “fantasy” intervention.

The next step is the most interesting part of packaging; creating the protocol. A protocol is another word for recipe, and just like the ingredients to your favorite meal, an intervention needs ingredients to make all of the flavors come together. During the protocol stage, all of the details are mapped out, research is integrated, and the end result is what you can take into your community and make a difference.

After completing these basic steps, you can present your intervention to potential funders. Who knows, a CBO might fund your intervention, and put it into action! Grants may end, but over all programs must be thought of as a long term commitment in order to be effective.