The Education and Prevention Department of BASIC NWFL, Inc. is an innovative community partner in providing superior prevention and educational services to residents of the area, especially to those most at risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmissible diseases. In accomplishing this mission, BASIC NWFL, Inc. provides a variety of educational opportunities tailored to meet individual needs. These services include the following:
- Community Educational Forums
- Community Outreach
All BASIC NWFL, Inc. education and prevention presentations are age and audience appropriate. The information we provide is presented in a manner that our audience can both understand and relate to.
Community Education Forums
These are usually one hour educational programs presented to various groups such as schools, churches, youth groups, civic and community organizations, clubs, health care providers, correctional institutions, and others which are designed to provide an accurate overview on HIV/AIDS, its transmission and prevention, myths and fallacies about HIV, and high risk behaviors that can facilitate HIV transmission. Individuals interested in scheduling a presentation at their facility or organization please call our education department.
Topics discussed in this presentation include the following:
- Universal Precautions
- HIV Myths
- High Risk Behavior
- Body Fluids
This program relies on personal one on one contact in providing education as well as allowing an opportunity for individuals to ask questions and receive answers in a very confidential and personal manner. Individuals are also encouraged to seek voluntary HIV testing to learn their status. As part of its community outreach, BASIC NWFL, Inc. also participates in and conducts health fairs throughout the six county service area.
BASIC NWFL, Inc. conducts outreach in all six counties of the services area, including Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.
U Think? is a program for Heterosexual African American men and women, Men who have sex with men over the age of 18 who are at risk of contracting HIV as well as persons currently infected with HIV. U THINK? has six components to it: Condom Distribution, One on One sessions, Community event sessions, RESPECT, Social Media and Partnership for Health. The U Think? prevention specialist is available to do community events as well as having those important one on one conversation with people from the six counties we serve.
U Think? conducts recruitment, education and outreach efforts in Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Gulf and Washington Counties.
For more information regarding education and testing please contact Jermaine Daniels at (850) 785-1088 ext. 125
If you would like to take part in our prevention program you can or contact Derrick Robinson (850) 785-1088 ext. 139
RAP (Respect Awareness Prevention)
BASIC NWFL, Inc. has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to positively impact Bay and the surrounding five counties with an exciting new prevention program. The RAP Project is an integrated HIV/ Substance Abuse prevention program that is a local response to the impact of the significant epidemics of HIV, Viral Hepatitis (VH), and Substance Abuse (SA), among potentially at risk African American (AA) youth and young adults, between the ages of 13 and 24. Our goal is to educate, empower, and equip them with the appropriate skills needed to make healthy life choices.
The program consists of three fun-filled educational sessions that include numerous activities that encourage interaction among the participants. Wonderful incentives will be provided for participants for each session they attend.
Along with educating and empowering young adults, RAP strives to positively impact Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties by encouraging the community to get tested. Knowledge is power, and we plan to provide educational presentations in the community for local businesses, social service agencies, religious organizations, etc. We will also provide educational materials at community health fairs and exhibits.
If you would like to participate in the RAP program or have remaining questions, contact Nicole Johnson, Ceanderest McCoy, or Valerie Hutchison at 850-785-1088