Focus on the Future (FOF) is a peer-delivered, clinic-based, single-session, individual-level behavioral intervention. FOF aims to educate and motivate clients to use condoms correctly and consistently in order to reduce the spread of HIV and other STDs.
FOF is based on the Information, Motivation, and Behavioral Skills (IMB) model, which states that people need information, motivation, and practice with a behavior in order to properly learn that behavior. It is also based on Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, which states that people learn new behaviors through observational learning, imitation, and modeling.
Target Population: African American men, who have sex with women (MSW), ages 18-29 who are seeking care in an STD clinic due to reported symptoms of an STD or who have received an STD diagnosis, who have used a condom in the last three months, and who are not knowingly HIV-positive.
FOF Training & Implementation Materials
Training, technical assistance and funding support for FOF can be requested from CAI. CAI is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization that has been working to improve the breadth and quality of health and human services provided to low-income and underserved populations locally, nationally and globally for over 34 years. CAI's mission is to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more about CAI, go to www.caiglobal.org
For information about FOF funding support, training, and technical assistance, contact Billy Sherrod at CAI:
212.594.7741 ext. 265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. To learn more about the FOF intervention, you may visit www.fofintervention.org
FOF implementation materials including the Facilitator's Guide, Technical Assistance Guide, Monitoring & Evaluation Guide, and Promotional & Marketing Materials are available for download on Effectiveinterventions.org
. You may also view and download the FOF implementation video
Should you have technical questions about FOF, you may contact:
Dean Blevins, PhD., Diffusion Team, Capacity Building Branch, CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mail Stop E-40, Atlanta, GA 30333. Phone: 404.639.3808. Email: Dblevins@cdc.gov
Richard A. Crosby, PhD., Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, 121 Washington Ave. Lexington, KY 40506-0003. Email: email@example.com
Research and Development
Crosby,R., DiClemente, R., et. al. (2009) A Brief, Clinic-Based, Safer Sex Intervention for Heterosexual African American Men Newly Diagnosed With an STD: A Randomized Controlled Trial, American Journal of Public Health
, 99(1), S96-S103.
Program Review Panel Information
The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the FOF intervention to identify, or establish, and utilize a Program Review Panel and complete Form 0.1113 to document this activity. The intervention researchers and developers are not involved in this activity. This is a CDC requirement for their grantees, and all questions in this regard should be directed to your agency's CDC Project Officer or to the health department funding your agency's implementation of the intervention.
The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links
section of this website.