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Disciples HIV-AIDS Ministry of Indiana Receives State Contract, Grant Funding

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Disciples HIV-AIDS Ministry, Inc. (DHAM) of Indiana, has announced a contract in the amount of $30,000 with the Indiana State Department of Health to provide HIV prevention education, interventional services and testing in the Wabash Valley of western central Indiana. Additionally, DHAM will receive grants totaling $40,000 from private business organizations.

This partnership is a culmination of an 18 month joint project between The AIDS Ministry Network of Disciples Home Missions and members of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Terre Haute, Ind. When members of Central Christian Church noticed a gap in HIV/STD prevention education, they reached out to Wabash Valley PATH, a local not-for-profit agency in Terre Haute, and Disciples Home Missions.

The AIDS Ministry Network worked with the group providing guidance and technical assistance. “The AIDS Ministry Network helped us realize our mission. We received help writing our mission statement and by-laws, incorporating, receiving our not-for-profit designation from the IRS, and assistance with writing our first state proposal” stated Mary Seybold, a Prevention Specialist and certified HIV Counselor and Tester.

“The state contract and private funding are examples of how faith based organizations, government entities, and private business can find synergy in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States” Jody Grieb, Volunteer Director of the AIDS Ministry Network, told participants at an HIV Prevention Training recently at the offices of the Christian Church in Indiana.

Disciples HIV-AIDS Ministry will provide education in the form of seminars and workgroups in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties in Indiana. Staff will also conduct the Popular Opinion Leader intervention.

Popular Opinion Leader (POL) is a community-level HIV prevention intervention.  The program is designed to identify, enlist, and train peer opinion leaders to encourage safer sexual norms and behaviors within their social networks of friends and acquaintances through risk reduction conversations.

Private grants from Starbucks, Walgreens, and other donors will enable DHAM to provide testing through the six county area using their mobile HIV testing unit. DHAM is staffed by a full time program manager, and utilizes volunteers and AmeriCorps members from Indiana State University Sycamore Corps.

The AIDS Ministry Network of Disciples Home Missions is available to assist congregations with an existing HIV-AIDS Ministry realize their potential or to help grassroots organizations like Disciples HIV-AIDS Ministry of Indiana with capacity building programs.

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Written by ccindiananews

November 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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  1. What an amazing ministry to have in our Indiana region!

    Bill H

    December 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm


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