This community-level intervention is for young gay and bisexual men of diverse backgrounds. It mobilizes men to reduce sexual risk taking, encourages regular HIV testing, builds positive social connections and supports peers to have safer sex.
The Mpowement Project offers a comprehensive manual, 3 day trainings, phone and web-based technical assistance and 10 minute audio-slideshows for Executive Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators and Funders. These materials focus on lessons learned from real world implementation in diverse communities. Please visit www.mpowerment.org for these items and to request more information.
Research and Development
Kegeles, S.M., Hays, R.B., Coates, T.J. (1996). The Mpowerment Project: A Community-level HIV Prevention Intervention for Young Gay Men. American Journal of Public Health, 86 (8), 1129 – 1136.
Program Review Panel Information
The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the Mpowerment 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, it is very important that said organizations 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.