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Adult corrections facilities

 
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Hepatitis Education, Prevention, and Survival Project
Program name: Maricopa County Department of Public Health Hepatitis Education, Prevention, and Survival Project
Population served: Incarcerated adults
Eligibility: Inmates with a clean record of behavior, at least one year left on their sentence, a demonstrated commitment to the project, and who are known as gatekeepers in the community
Region served: Maricopa and Pinal counties
Funding: CDC
Program started: 2003
Number of clients: Unknown
Contact: Seema Sewell MPH
HIV/HCV Control and Surveillance
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
1645 E. Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 506-2037
Email: seemasewell@mail.maricopa.gov
Website: None
Description:

The Hepatitis Education, Prevention, and Survival (HEPS) program is a two-tiered program providing comprehensive hepatitis, HIV, and STD prevention and education to incarcerated adults. The first tier of the program consists of facilitator-led sessions in Maricopa County jails focusing on transmission, prevention, and treatment of viral hepatitis, HIV, and STDs; harm reduction strategies, and drug use; unprotected sex; and tattooing related to hepatitis. The second tier is a peer-to-peer intervention in Arizona state prisons. Inmates are selected to participate in a 40-hour training program of peer-to-peer intervention techniques, including basic counseling skills, cultural awareness, communication skills, self-awareness, and risk reduction. Inmates learn to articulate educational information related to viral hepatitis, the liver and its functions, and harm reduction messages.


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