The Illinois Public Health Association, through funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health Services, is pleased to announce a free training, “VIBES and PrEP:  Two Essential Interventions for Young Black MSM,” to be held in East St. Louis next month.  The training will be held November 15-16, 2016 at the East St. Louis Public Library, Region 4.




WHEN:  Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15-16, 2016


WHERE:  East St. Louis Public Library, 5300 State Street, East St. Louis, IL, 62205.  Free parking is available. 


TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Class will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. both days. Participants must attend the entire training to receive VIBES Facilitator Course Certification.


PURPOSE: To train peer facilitators on the VIBES (Very Informed Brothers Engaged for Survival) curriculum, a group behavioral skills-based intervention for HIV Prevention with young (ages 18-30) African-American MSM, and on the implementation of PrEP in young African-American MSM communities.


VIBES is to be implemented with African-American YMSM groups in six or seven two-hour sessions. PrEP is a biomedical HIV prevention strategy that involves healthy, HIV-negative individuals taking the oral antiretroviral medication Truvada daily to prevent the acquisition of HIV.


NO COST:  This training is provided by IPHA, through funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services, and there is no registration cost.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


REGISTRATION: Please complete and scan the registration form as soon as possible to Jeffery Erdman at IPHA (


Registration deadline is November 10, 2016, so don’t delay!