Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program
The BSSV Program is a national HIV prevention technical assistance program directed by the APA Office on AIDS.
Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program has established a national network of behavioral and social science volunteers (BSSVs) to assist with HIV prevention efforts in their communities. This national network of psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public health experts, social workers and others is organized to offer free and ongoing technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) that want cutting edge science prevention for their communities.
Between 1996 and 2010, BSSVs fulfilled over 600 separate requests from various organizations across the country and in the U.S. territories. Approximately 92 percent of these organizations have rated their experiences with the program as either “very good” or “outstanding.” We pride ourselves on building trust and mutual respect with the communities we work with. Our success is attributed to both the quality and dedication of our experienced staff and BSSVs, as well as the program’s systemic service delivery process, which has been refined for the past 13 years. The BSSV program has been an official capacity building assistance (CBA) provider since September of 2009, and will be funded by the CDC under cooperative agreement until spring 2013.
The BSSV Program Offers Assistance to CBOs in the Following Areas
- Program evaluation and monitoring.
- Needs assessments.
- Planning and implementing evidence-based interventions (EBIs).
- Adapting EBIs for new settings and populations.
- Using cognitive and behavioral approaches in HIV prevention.
- Responding to the mental health aspects of HIV prevention and care.
The BSSV Program Provides Technical Assistance for These EBIs
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