The Get S.M.A.R.T. (Students/Society Mobilized and Retooled to Transform) Project is modeled from evidence-based prevention strategies tailored and made culturally appropriate with a creative blend of social marketing, social networks, social media, fine arts, community-based theatre, and technology to reduce alcohol and substance abuse, and the transmission of HIV and STIs. The focus of the intervention are African-American emerging adults (18-24 years) on the Morgan State University campus and within a one mile radius of the Morgan State campus, also know as the Morgan community mile (MCM) – covering nine community statistical areas (CSAs).
The purpose of this project is two-fold:
To prevent and reduce substance abuse and the transmission of HIV/AIDS; and
To provide emerging adults with prevention education to be equipped to make informed health decisions.
Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPs) for the university is a training designed to help college students make safe, sound decisions regarding their own high–risk behaviors and enable them to intervene to prevent high-risk behavior among their friends.
In addition to safe sex practices, the effects of alcohol use and illicit drug use are also covered during the TIPS training sessions.
Community Promise is a community level HIV/STD prevention intervention that relies on role model stories and peer advocates.
Members of the target population who have made positive HIV/STD behavior change are interviewed and role model stories are written based upon the interviews. The stories are personal accounts about how and why they took steps to practice HIV/STD prevention behaviors and the resulting positive effects on their lives.