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Family Empowerment: Adapting Successful Disclosure Strategies for HIV+ Parents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41MH077559-01
Agency Tracking Number: MH077559
Amount: $163,871.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (510) 232-3100
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): One million adults in the US and 42 million families globally must decide if, to whom, when, and how to disclose their HIV+ serostatus. Often, disclosure of serostatus has a long-term negative impact on children and extended family members of HIV+ parents; this team has developed a coping-skills intervention that can positively impact the adjustment over 6 years of HIV+ parents, their children, and grandchildren. The intervention has been delivered in a small group setting over multiple sessions. However, most treatment settings do not serve enough HIV+ parents to form ongoing groups; attendance at sessions is a major barrier for a small group delivery format; and tailoring the delivery to ethnic and gender subgroups is difficult in a small group setting. The goal of this STTR project is to adapt an evidence-based intervention for HIV+ parents on disclosure of serostatus that can be delivered in a stand alone self-help format, not a small group and will allow for broad dissemination of the intervention in multiple settings and through multiple vehicles (agencies, direct mail, physicians, pharmacies and HIV+ parents). In Phase I we will examine the feasibility of a new format for our existing evidence-based disclosure intervention, Project TALK, by: (a) adapting existing scripts and session activities to be delivered in a different format (from small group to stand alone self-help packet); (b) pilot testing the acceptability and the market potential of a sample session with donor agencies, community organizations, physicians, pharmacists, HIV testing sites and HIV+ parents; and (c) finalizing plans to produce a prototype and evaluate the intervention's effect on disclosure and positive adjustment of parent's living with HIV and their children in a field trial in Phase II. To conduct this work, Science2Market [S2M], a for-profit company, has joined with UCLA researchers to utilize the expertise of a university-based research team with experts in community care and dissemination. If the sample session is highly acceptable to the potential market and the price/unit is feasible for dissemination we will proceed to Phase II application to examine the efficacy of the new intervention.

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