ACI receives funding supplement from NIMH

    The National Institute of Mental Health’s Division on AIDS has awarded a supplement to an ongoing research trial coordinated by APPC’s Adolescent Communication Institute (ACI). The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help to fund follow-up assessments of a trial testing the efficacy of preventive mass media messages delivered to low-income African American adolescents at risk for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

    ACI serves as the coordinating site in a cooperative agreement with NIMH and four other sites in the U.S. A Philadelphia media development firm, Motivational, Educational Entertainment, also works with the multi-site team to create and deliver the messages to teens in two test cities with two other cities serving as regional controls.