Keeping Incarcerated Youth Safe: Merging COVID-19 and HIV Testing for Youth in Juvenile Detention

Wednesday, June 16th 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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This presentation describes how an HIV prevention program was able to pivot and integrate COVID-19 resources to Philadelphia’s only juvenile detention center. The Adolescent Initiative has been providing HIV prevention services at the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC) since 2002. This established relationship provided the opportunity to bridge a gap in services and provide COVID-19 testing at the PJJSC. The pandemic has caused disruption in services across many settings and exacerbated existing health, economic and social disparities for vulnerable populations. Those who live and work in congregate care settings and detention facilities are at an alarming risk for rapid and widespread COVID-19 transmission. The PJJSC presented an urgent need for routine COVID-19 testing to ensure the safety of the youth and staff but needed additional institutional resources to do so. The Adolescent Initiative worked to identify parallel HIV testing methodologies and practices that could work for COVID-19 testing. The presenters will share a framework for providers for who may consider expanding services under the current public health crisis. Strategies presented will include conducting needs assessments, linkage to care mechanisms, establishing testing & lab protocols, and remaining nimble under changing CDC guidelines. To date this program has administered 2058 COVID-19 tests with 55 positives test results identified and has continued HIV prevention work at the PJJSC.

Objectives

  1. Learn effective strategies for implementation of HIV and COVID-19 testing programs in detention settings.
  2. Identify linkage to care opportunities for youth in the juvenile justice system.
  3. Reference a framework for cross-systems collaboration to address barriers to care and reduce health disparities.
  4. Recognize examples of how HIV programming can expand to meet community health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers

Kelsie Piedra, LSW/LCSW

Adolescent Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Kelsie Piedra is a licensed social worker and Prevention Case Manager with the CHOP Adolescent Initiative. In her role, she provides comprehensive and trauma aware sexual health education, counseling, and HIV prevention services to youth in Philadelphia’s Juvenile Justice Services Center.

Marné Castillo

Adolescent Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A Nuyorican from the South Bronx, Dr. Marné Castillo has made her home in Philadelphia since 1999. She has worked with adolescents for over 20 years, starting out in New York City public school conflict resolution programs. She completed her graduate studies at Temple University, acquiring her Master’s in Education and a PhD in Public Health. Currently, she is the Clinical and Research Director of the CHOP Adolescent Initiative overseeing community-based HIV prevention research and clinical programs. Dr. Castillo is the Principal Investigator for the NIH iTech Site at CHOP, the NIMH funded POSSE Project, and the NIDA PUSH Study. Since 2002 she led the Connect to Protect Project, the ATN community-based prevention research study focusing on community mobilization and HIV primary prevention. She contributes to peer reviewed articles, lectures locally about community based research, and sits on HIV prevention community groups as well as non-profit boards.

Jasmine Pierre-Louis

Adolescent Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A Nuyorican from the South Bronx, Dr. Marné Castillo has made her home in Philadelphia since 1999. She has worked with adolescents for over 20 years, starting out in New York City public school conflict resolution programs. She completed her graduate studies at Temple University, acquiring her Master’s in Education and a PhD in Public Health. Currently, she is the Clinical and Research Director of the CHOP Adolescent Initiative overseeing community-based HIV prevention research and clinical programs. Dr. Castillo is the Principal Investigator for the NIH iTech Site at CHOP, the NIMH funded POSSE Project, and the NIDA PUSH Study. Since 2002 she led the Connect to Protect Project, the ATN community-based prevention research study focusing on community mobilization and HIV primary prevention. She contributes to peer reviewed articles, lectures locally about community based research, and sits on HIV prevention community groups as well as non-profit boards.

 

 

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