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Native American Prevention Project Against AIDS and Substance Abuse

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The Native American Prevention Project Against AIDS and Substance Abuse (NAPPASA) school curriculum consists of a 24-session program that addresses multiple issues facing Native American communities. Classroom sessions were designed to build knowledge, acquire and practice prevention skills with peers, and foster new positive peer group norms for preventive communications and behaviors in the context of Native American values. The curriculum covers facts and issues about alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse; basic reproductive biology; HIV/AIDS; linking AOD to HIV; sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how they are transmitted; how assertive communication skills can prevent unwanted sex, pregnancy, and STDs; decision-making skills; healthy options; social skills; coping with pressures; and reinforced practice and role-plays. Booster sessions involve activities, community meetings, and showing NAPPASA-produced videos and print media.