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Program Overview


Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Ed.D., R.N.C., F.A.A.N., Janna Lesser, R.N., Ph.D., Barbara Kappos, M.S.W., and Jerry Tello


Program Summary

Respeto/Proteger is a culturally rooted couple-focused and asset-based HIV prevention program developed through a community-academic partnership project for young Latino parents. The 12-hour curriculum builds on feelings of parental protectiveness while integrating cultural teaching as motivation to reduce risky sexual behavior. HIV-related content includes HIV awareness, understanding vulnerability to HIV infection, disease prevention, condom use skills and sexual negotiation skills. Parental protectiveness is fostered through specially designed discussions and writing activities that integrate traditional or cultural teachings. The facilitation is based on the use of an espejo (mirror) process of teaching using strategies such as storytelling and reflection. The role of the facilitators is to be not only teachers and guides but also role models and nurturers. The program is delivered to small groups of couples in community and clinic settings.


Target Population

The program was designed for and tested with young Latino parents, ages 14 to 24, with children who are at least three months of age.


Program Setting

The program is designed for and evaluated in community-based settings, including community-based organizations and health centers.


Contact and Availability Information

For curriculum, materials, and pricing information, please contact:

Janna Lesser, PhD, RN
Center for Community-Based Health Promotion with Women & Children
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
School of Nursing
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Ph: 210-845-3764

For training and support, please contact:

See above

Sample of curriculum available for review prior to purchase: No

Adaptation guidelines or kit available: No

Languages available: English and Spanish