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SSU receives grant for HIV, substance abuse prevention education

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah State University has received a $900,000 grant to conduct a substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevent education program for youth in the Savannah area.

The three year grant is funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and agency of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Get in the Know is a project that provides intergrated substance abuse and HIV prevention programs to black youth, ages 18-24, in order to reduce the risks of substance abuse and HIV transmission.

The project will also expand services by collaborating with community-based students' organization partners, Union Mission and Savannah Counseling Services.

Funds will be used to train 30 students and community residents as peer educators. The program is expected to reach approximately 5,500 people in its three year grant period.

Also, in collaboration with the Chatham County Health Department (CCHD), workforce development training will be conducted and free HIV rapid testing will be available to increase the number of students and community residents who know their HIV status.

Johnnie D. Myers, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, is director of the Get in the Know HIV and Substance Abuse Awareness program, which is now in its eighth year, and will coordinate the grant activities.

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