First of its Kind Certified Peer Educator Program launches in Georgia

May 11, 2015

Empowerment Resource Center (ERC), in collaboration with Georgia Regents University, has launched Programs for Positive - a professional development program for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

The Programs for Positive (P4P) Peer Educator Certification Program is the first of its kind to offer continuing education units (CEUs) in the state of Georgia. The program is designed to build capacity in communities of PLWHA, and offers instructor-led and web-based training opportunities for peer candidates.

Funded in part by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the program will help the participants develop leadership, facilitation, and health literacy skills to become effective HIV peer health educators. 

“We strongly believe that developing effective peer leaders is an integral part of combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” says Jacqueline Brown, executive director of ERC. “We have concrete evidence that the P4P Program will collaboratively improve community health literacy and build an army of allied health professionals with the skills to navigate systemic barriers to entering, engaging and remaining in HIV primary medical care.”

This program is available to interested and eligible HIV positive applicants. ERC will announce several Calls for Applications (CFA) throughout the year. The next CFA will be released on Wednesday, May 13.

ERC provides health-related programs and low-cost services, specifically HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention education, in addition to a wide range of additional services including risk reduction counseling, testing, referral, treatment services and primary care linkages, among many others. 

ERC is a registered clinic with the Georgia Medical Composite Board, a participating clinic under the Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program and a nationally recognized STD clinic under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.             

To learn more about P4P or other ERC programs, please visit www.ERC-Inc.org or call (404) 526-1145.

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