The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) funds the Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention National Resource Center with funds from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) runs the Center through a cooperative agreement.
In July 2015, OAH awarded JSI, an international public health consulting company headquartered in Boston, a cooperative agreement to oversee the Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention National Resource Center. The Center helps OAH advance best practices to improve the health and well-being of America’s adolescents by providing innovative and practical content that makes youth-serving providers and peer leaders feel empowered to meet the needs of youth at highest risk for HIV/AIDS.
The Center consists primarily of a website that contains curated resources designed to help youth-serving professionals convey HIV prevention information in a youth-friendly way. These resources vary and take into account diversity of experiences, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and youth who are harder to reach (runaways, homeless, in detention centers, foster care, or not in school).
The Center also offers a range of capacity-building opportunities, such as helping a program adapt an evidence-based intervention or promising practice to its community context. The What Works team provides technical assistance (TA) on digital tools and how they can be used to reach youth. The team provides one-on-one virtual TA consultations and distance-based learning opportunities.
JSI created an advisory board of youth-serving professionals who have expertise in state policy, program development, advocacy, school health, and positive youth development. Board members support the Center with input on content and resources and contribute to the Center's marketing.