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Currey, Jillian Melissa (2009) EVALUATION OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR INTERVENTION AND EMPOWERMENT (PIE) PROJECT. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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HIV/AIDS has become a major public health concern in the United States over the past 35 years and when paired with substance abuse, specifically intravenous drug use, the co-occurrence can have a significant impact on the risk of HIV infection. Health issues related to HIV and substance abuse do not exclusively affect one specific demographic; however, evidence shows that the concurrence and spread are more prevalent in the economically and socially deprived, mainly low-income black communities, than in areas with higher incomes and a lower minority population. Programs, such as the PATF in Allegheny County, developed the Partnership for Intervention and Empowerment (PIE) for populations at risk for the co-occurrence of HIV infections and substance abuse. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of PIE during the first year of implementation into the target communities. Conclusions from this paper were drawn to determine that incorporating "best practice" factors into the study design of behavioral interventions would greatly enhance the applicability of an intervention program in specific communities. The public health significance of this thesis is to identify program planning strategies that would provide information and/or access to appropriate clinical care for individuals who test positive for HIV/AIDS. Developing strategies to counteract the disparity in access to care is paramount in addressing the plight of black populations living in low-income housing


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Currey, Jillian Melissajmc110@pitt.eduJMC110
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberFeingold, Eleanorfeingold@pitt.eduFEINGOLD
Committee MemberBurke, Jessiejgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Committee MemberThurston, Rebeccathurstonrc@upmc.eduRCT10
Date: 29 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 April 2009
Approval Date: 29 June 2009
Submission Date: 7 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS; low-income communities; PIE project; substance abuse
Other ID:, etd-04072009-140734
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:34
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:35


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