Completed Projects

WINGS (2011-2013)
Women Initiating New Goals for Safety

Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project WINGS was the first clinical trial to develop and test a multimedia computerized intimate partner violence (IPV) screening, and referral service tool among drug-involved female offenders under community supervision. WINGS aimed to develop and test the effectiveness of a self-paced computerized screening designed to increase identification of IPV victims and improve linkages to IPV-related services. IPV is a serious public health problem that disproportionately affects drug-involved female offenders in the criminal justice system. This research underscored the need to develop and disseminate cost-effective services that may be deployed in community supervision.

WORTH (2009-2014)
Women on the Road to Health
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project WORTH addressed a critical gap in current HIV prevention efforts with drug-involved women under community supervision, who remain at very high risk for HIV. WORTH aimed to build skills and social support for HIV risk reduction by reducing drug use, intimate partner violence (IPV), and enhancing overall wellbeing by cultivating better coping skills, negotiation techniques, and access to social support. This project made a significant impact on improving services in criminal justice settings to address the co-occurring epidemics of HIV and intimate partner violence.

This study compared a traditional manual package of Connect (a relationship-based HIV/STI intervention for high-risk heterosexual couples), versus a state-of-the-art multimedia internet-based version delivered to clients at community-based organizations across New York State. It was the first efficacy study examining the dissemination of a couple-based HIV prevention intervention.
SIG is collaborating with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to translate the sessions into an entirely internet-based version of the program called Multimedia Connect. This study grows out of a major strategic initiative at SIG to fulfill its mission by distributing the evidence-based interventions developed and tested back to the community-based agencies as well as the clients and families who need them most. If successful, the prototype of Multimedia Connect may be used in the prevention or treatment efforts of an array of mental health, health, and human services-related issues in the future.

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