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HIV Prevention in Local Communities (DEBIs, HERR, HIV-IP)

Each year, the HIV Prevention Section allocates funding for diffused effective behavioral interventions (DEBI) programs, health education and risk reduction programs (HERR), and prevention programs for HIV infected persons (HIV-IP) to each of five regions throughout the state.

These allocations are based on priorities identified in the Jurisdictional Plan. The lead agencies in each region contract with community-based organizations within their regions, which are responsible for implementing interventions. Currently in Tennessee, 15 community-based organizations are funded to implement a wide-range of science-based HIV prevention programs.

Tennessee requires every community-based organization that receives funding from the state to implement at least one diffused effective behavioral intervention (DEBI).  More information on DEBI programs can be found at:

Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBIs) for HIV Prevention

DEBI Programs being implemented in Tennessee include:

  • ARTAS
  • Healthy Relationships              
  • CLEAR                                                                           
  • CRCS
  • Mpowerment                        
  • Voices/VOCES
  • Many Men Many Voices

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