Guatemala

Dr. Victoria Orrego and Ms. Jasmine Philips will conduct an exploratory project in Santiago Guatemala designed to promote accurate HIV/AIDS knowledge and increase prevention behaviors among the indigenous youth in Santiago Atitlan. The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to assess the current status and capacity of HIV/AIDS intervention activities at the community level and to identify partner organizations for the development of a sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention communication campaign in Santiago. Second, to obtain qualitative data exposing underlying knowledge, attitudes, and opinions about HIV/AIDS among young adults in the Santiago Atitlan village.

Dr. Orrego and Ms. Phillips want to engage and collaborate with as many local individuals, as they are taking a culturally tailored and participatory community approach to HIV/AIDs health prevention.