Former Projects

Former HIV Prevention Community Capacity-Building Assistance (CBA) Projects managed by MURC
coordinated HIV prevention capacity-building in African-American communities throughout the South and in Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. While these projects had many goals in common, they each served different populations.

Delta Health Initiative HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
Southern CBA which targets African-Americans in general
Southern African-American Men’s (SAM) CBA which serves African-American gay men
Southern Faith Initiative (SOFI) CBA networks with African-American faith leaders
Western African-American Men’s (WAM) CBA which serves African-American gay men
Youth, Adolescents and Young Adults (YAYA) CBA which serves African-American gay youth

Delta Health Initiative HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
Delta Health Initiative HIV/AIDS Prevention Project is funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration through the Delta Health Alliance to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education to community-based organizations that provide HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment services in the Mississippi Delta.

The project serves the following counties:  Bolivar, Coahoma, Carroll, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Washington, Warren and Yazoo, and offers training to community-based organizations that will increase their capacity to operate more efficiently, improve their organizational infrastructure and train staff to implement effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Training is offered on HIV 101, Small Group Facilitation for Youth and the following HIV/AIDS prevention behavioral interventions: Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA) and Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex (VOICES/VOICES)

These are programs proven to be effective in reducing the acquisition and transmission of HIV/AIDS and are approved for use by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

High Impact Program (HIP)
The High Impact Program (HIP) is designed to improve the health status of African-Americans in Hinds County, Mississippi who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB and substance abuse and
where gaps in services and funding exist.

Through the Mississippi Urban Research Center, HIP operates the Linked Network of Services (LNS) which makes all services equally available. The LNS utilizes a database of providers who identify the services they provide as well as their linkage collaboration needs. This database clusters together a network of providers to
facilitate services and improve efforts to deal with the consumer holistically.

HIP operates a 24-hour toll-free hotline which allows consumers to access assistance in prevention, treatment and care. The hotline is managed by professional HIP staff who make referrals based upon consumer needs.

Partnership to Reduce Fatalities in Minority Communities
The Mississippi Urban Research Center is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to respond to the national crisis of seatbelt nonuse by African-Americans, which results in a higher rate of motor vehicle fatalities for them than for other groups. The Center will focus on assessing the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of African-Americans in Mississippi with regard to seat belt use and motor vehicle safety. Additionally, MURC will research, create and promote health education resources which motivate drivers and passengers to use seat belts and child safety seats more often and more correctly in the African-American community.