Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention
Strategies: This community-level intervention is based on several
behavior change theories. A
community assessment process is conducted, peer advocates are recruited
and trained from the target population, role model stories are written
from interviews with the target population, and these stories are
distributed along with other risk reduction materials to target
audiences to help people move toward safer sex or risk reduction
Community PROMISE can target any population, since
it is created anew each time it is implemented in collaboration with
the community. The intervention has been tested with African American,
White, and Latino communities, including intravenous drug users and
their sex partners, non-gay identified men who have sex with men, high
risk youth, female sex workers, and high risk heterosexuals, among
others. It is also being developed for other populations and for
individuals living with HIV.
PROMISE Overview (e-Learning Course)
The PROMISE Overview course covers the concept of community-level interventions, what "community" means, the theoretical background, PROMISE's four core elements, and the connections among the theories, the concept of reaching critical mass, a formula to identify number of Role Model Stories and Peer Advocates according to sample size and the core elements. This course is a pre-requisite for the 4-day in-person training on PROMISE but can be watched on its own to get general information about this intervention.
To complete the PROMISE Overview course, you will need to enter or create your HIP e-Learning Center account information.
Research and Development
CDC AIDS Community Demonstration Projects Research Group (1999). Community-level HIV Intervention in Five Cities: Final Outcome Data from the AIDS Community Demonstration Projects. American Journal of Public Health, 89 (3), 336 B 345.
Program Review Panel Information
The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the PROMISE 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.