The Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) project was designed to bring science-based, community, group, and individual-level HIV prevention interventions to community-based service providers and state and local health departments. The goal is to enhance the capacity to implement effective interventions at the state and local levels, to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs, and to promote healthy behaviors.

In collaboration with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center on AIDS & Community Health (COACH) at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) coordinates training on a variety of science-based, effective interventions for HIV prevention.

CDC and COACH partner with the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers, Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) providers, and the Behavioral and Social Scientist Volunteers program (BSSV) to make the DEBI project a success.

How can I get into a DEBI training? What happens at a training? Find out answers to your common DEBI questions by reviewing DEBI FAQs. 

Thus far, over 10,000 people and nearly 5,000 agencies have been trained through the DEBI project. CDC, COACH, and our partner organizations continue to train staff from over 150 community-based agencies directly funded by CDC to implement science-based interventions diffused under the DEBI project. Extensive collaboration among partners is required to meet the demand from state and local agencies seeking to increase their capacity and serve their communities through the implementation of effective, science-based HIV prevention interventions.

The materials on this site are designed for HIV/AIDS prevention with persons at risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV. They are meant to be resources used by HIV prevention providers such as health departments and community-based organizations so as to provide the best evidence-based HIV prevention services.

These materials are not meant for the general public. They are not meant for children. They are not school-based HIV prevention strategies. They are designed to help change the behaviors of persons whose behaviors place them at risk for HIV infection.
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