AWPLI Projects

1.) HIV Awareness Providing Prevention for You (HAPPY)

Type: Early Intervention Service
Grant Year Period: March 2019- February 28, 2022
Funder: District of Columbia Health Department

Goals: Prevent the transmission of HIV especially among racial and ethnic diverse minorities communities.

Target population/audience: African American males and females that are re-entrants (1 month – 2 years released) and their spouse, partners, friends ages 25-55 and secondary target – pregnant women age 21-32, at risk for or living with HIV in Prince George’s County, MD., and surrounding areas.

Activities: Community Outreach (remote and face-to-face), educate, provide HIV testing, link, and retain clients in service, and provide psychosocial services

Outcomes: Improved techniques utilizing on-line social media communications and gained additional skills in engaging and delivering on-line support group services. educational and updated messages to various social media platforms virtually. HAPPY team collectively reached 10,614 individuals over a nine-month interval. The HAPPY team during the pandemic provided HIV testing to 91 individuals aged 25-55.

Grant Started: March 1, 2019

Grant Administrator: Ralph Williams, TSS, B.S.
Grant Program Manager: Valora Bishop, M.S.


2.) HIV Awareness Providing Prevention for You (HAPPY)

Type: Psychosocial Service
Grant Year Period: July 2020- present
Funder: Prince George’s County Health Department

Goal: Outreach to individuals with or at risk for HIV residing in Prince George’s County, MD
and surrounding areas and provide psychosocial support with an intent to keep them in care and
improve health outcomes.


Target population/audience: African American males and female living with HIV in Prince George’s County, MD., and surrounding areas.

Activities: Partner with the Prince George’s Health Department in providing psychosocial support services for their clients.
Outcomes: Improved techniques utilizing on-line social media communications and additional skills gained in engaging and delivering social support groups monthly to coed groups. Client self-reported, an increase in trust, self-esteem, and improved communication skills.

Grant Started: 2018
Grant Administrator: Valora Bishop, M.S


3) Promising Neighborhoods Drug Free Community Coalition

Type: Substance abuse use prevention and reduction service
Grant Year Period: October 2015- September 2024 
Funder: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Prevent and reduce the use of drugs, marijuana, and alcohol among youth residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Target population/audience: Parents, African American and Latino youth ages 12-18, stakeholders, community members, community leaders and primarily residing in the southern part of the county.

Activities: The coalition provides trainings, social media campaigns, webinars, interviews, and youth roundtable discussions.

Outcomes: The success of the program has merited it to be refunded for the additional 3 years. The program exceeds its outcomes by 33% each year with respect to youth engagement activities. Over a three-year interval, coalition experience a 30% increase youth participating in coalition, 5 % increase in campaign activities and increase in stakeholders by 5% participation in coalition.

Grant Started: 2014 to 2024
Principal Investigator: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Grant Program Manager: Ralph Williams, BS, CIT


4) Access Community Health Workers Training Program


Type: Training and job placement-
Grant year: 2015

Funders: Employ PG, PG Works, Self-pay, Various scholarships, Employers, and the Maryland Department of Labor Apprenticeship Division

Goal: Provide optimal training and grooming of student Community Health Workers to serve effectively as assets to improve population and community health outcomes, with knowledge and skills in the delivery of quality care coordinated services.

Target population/audience: Do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, veterans, ages 20 and up.

Activities: State certified CHW trainings, continuing education, job placement, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities and CHW apprenticeship program.

Outcomes: Access Community Health Workers Training program is currently a national training program, providing CHW training to veterans. Access CHW Training is state of Maryland and State labor Department certified. 144 classroom hours – 100 internship hours and Apprenticeship- 144 classroom hours and 2000 on the job training hours program. Virtual and face-to-face

Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Ashante Abubaker MPH


5) Prince George’s County Community HIV/STI Outreach Program (Prince George’s CHOP) (Prevention Navigator Program)


Type: Outreach, education, testing, referral, linkage to care, support services
Project Period: 8/31/2020 – 8/30/2025
Funder: DHHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Goal #1- Decrease substance use in the community by implementing an evidenced-based program among youth ages 13-18 that addresses behaviors that may lead to the initiation of substance use.
Goal #2- Decrease and or prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS virus in Prince George’s County by implementing an evidenced-based program in the community that addresses high risk behaviors that may contribute to HIV/AIDS among racial/ethnic minorities ages 13-24

Target population/audience: Person 13-24 year of age living in Prince George’s County, Maryland
Activities: Building partners, implementing public messaging and awareness campaigns, screening and testing for HIV and viral hepatitis, providing navigation services to link individuals to care and substance abuse services, and providing education and training to healthcare providers on substance use disorder treatment.

Outcome: program in progress
Grant Start: 2020

Principal Investigator: Deneen Long White, PhD, CHES
Program Manager: Diana Fennell, CHW


6.) Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County Home Visiting Program


Type: Maternal and Infant Care Coordinated Service
Project Period: 7/1/2020 – 6//30/2021
Funder: Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Children Youth and Families Division

Goal: Bright Beginnings seeks to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes including low birth weight and infant mortality among women living in Prince George’s County, Maryland.


Target Population/Audience: Pregnant and parenting women living in Prince George’s County, Maryland
Activities: Linking pregnant and early postpartum clients to services (e.g., WIC, Medicaid, health care etc.), health education for risk reduction and prevention, infants well child checks-up, and mothers well women check-ups, prenatal and postpartum doula services, childbirth education parenting and breastfeeding classes, and in-home visiting services (Healthy Families America (HFA) model.

Outcomes: Case management and non-case management services to over 500 families, 85% of infants of our clients have been up-to-date on immunizations, 87% of women completed their postpartum check-up, and only 4% of our infants whose mothers enrolled in the program prenatally have been born low birthweight.

Program Director: Deneen Long White PhD, CHES
Outreach Manager: Erika White, BS


7) Bright Beginnings of Prince George’s County (Expansion Program)

Type: Care coordinated service, outreach, education, link to care
Project Period: 5/1/2020 – 4//30/2022
Funder: Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC)

Goal: The Bright Beginnings Expansion Program seeks to address the health and social needs of disadvantaged women of color residing in Prince George’s County who experience a variety of social determinants of health and are at higher risk of negative health outcomes.

Target Population/Audience: Pregnant and parenting women and women diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and/or Type 2 diabetes living in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Activities: Outreach, care coordination, referral, case management
Outcome: Work in progress
Grant Start: 2020

Principal Investigator: Deneen Long White, PhD, CHES
Program Manager: Kristen Gwaltney BS


8) Butt Out: Tobacco Use and Cancer Prevention Program


Type: Quitting Tobacco Use Dependence, prevention, and policy
Project Period: January 1, 2021- June 30, 2021
Funder: Maryland Center at Bowie State University

Goal: Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among disadvantaged diverse minority populations. To prevent and or reduce tobacco related adverse health consequences among disadvantaged minority populations, especially youth.

Target Population/Audience: Smokers and non-smokers, male and female, youth, young adults, adults and elderly. Residents of Prince George’s County Maryland and surround jurisdictions.

Activities: Outreach, education, cessation, link to care

Outcome: Increased knowledge of the dangers of tobacco use, attitudes against tobacco use, and support for policies to reduce tobacco use initiation.

Grant Start: January 2021

Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Renee Nash


9) SOR- MOTA: Access Youth Against Opioid Use


Type: Outreach, education, training, information distribution
Project Period: September 2020- July 2022
Funder: Prince George’s County Health Department

Goal of Project: Access- SOR MOTA program is to prevent the health, social, and economic consequences associated with opioid misuse, abuse and addiction in Prince George’s County, Maryland especially among youth and their peers.

Target Population/Audience: male and female youth and young adults residing in Prince George’s County Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.

Activities: Opioid misuse prevention virtual training, virtual outreach education activities and disseminate information through mass media online communication networks.

Outcome: Increased knowledge of the dangers of misuse of opioids and adverse health consequences among disadvantaged minority youth. Increased in workforce providing outreach, education, and dissemination of opioid related materials to a broader reach of residents of Prince George’s County, especially youth.

Grant start: September 2020

Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Program Manager: Ralph Williams, BS, CIT


PAST PROJECTS

  1. Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
    Type: Training
    Grant period- 2008 – 2014
    Funder: Mt. Sinai (New York) Via CDC
    Goal: To reduce and or prevent health disparities among diverse minority communities

Target population: Diverse minority communities
Activities: Training, health education, information distribution.

Outcome:
• 9 selected states were selected to participate CDC and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) three years training which later became the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Action Institute (REHDAI).
• Effective local community action plan developed and implemented.
• Built partnerships with national REACH U.S. Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED).
• Resources of $60,000 received from Mt. Sinai to implement infant mortality reduction service.
• Scholarship received to attend Morehouse School of Medicine- Dr. David Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities.
Grant Start: 2011

Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Ralph Williams


  1. Smart and Secure Children (SSC) Initiative
    Type: Parental Training Program
    Grant period- 2014-2016
    Funder: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Goal: Provide members of disadvantaged communities the knowledge, experiences and skills needed to promote and implement policies and practices at the community level that reduce health disparities and advance health equity.
    Target population: Parents, male and female, African American families.
    Activities: Training of organizations, training of parents, select and distribute grants to subgrantees, health education, information distribution, role modeling.
    Outcome:
    • Technical assistance to Healthy Start of Dorchester County in implementing SSC program among 12 families.
    • 12 families completed the training.
    • 3 single fathers participated in the training.
    • Resources provided by AWPLI to Healthy Start of Dorchester County to implement 12 weeks training program.
    Grant Start: 2011
    Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
    Program Manager: Ashyrra Dotson, MA

  1. Community in Transformation at its Best
    Type: Outreach, training, education, information distribution, policy
    Grant period- 2011 – 2013

Funder: Prince George’s County Maryland Health Department via CDC:
Goal: To reduce and or prevent health disparities among Latino/Hispanics and African Americans in a faith-based setting.
Target population: faith-based Ministers/Clergymen and health ministry staff.

Activities: Training, outreach, health screenings, health education, information distribution among faith-based Ministers/Clergymen (health ministry)
Outcome:
• Historical model bringing together diverse group of clergymen/women both Latinos and African Americans in Prince George’s County.
• Developed and implemented healthy living protocol (English and Spanish) to include illustrations and best practices to prevent and manage various chronic diseases shared among 32 faith-based organizations.
• Established 5 new health ministries.
• Change in food preparation served to parish using CDC healthy meals planning agenda.
• 40,103 families in Prince George’s County and its surrounding jurisdictions received healthy living materials and over 143,980 were reached through multiple social media networks such as radio.
Grant Start: 2011
Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Renee Nash


  1. Regional African American Tobacco Control Networks (RAATCN)
    Grant Period: 2014 – 2018
    Funders: CDC-Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) and the State of Maryland Health Department

Goal #1: Develop and implement a Regional African American Tobacco Control Network (RAATCN) to address tobacco control needs on HBCU campuses, in ethnic minority, faith based and low-income communities.
Goal #2 Reduce and or prevent tobacco use and associated disabilities and deaths among African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and low socioeconomic communities by enhancing communication and broadening policy approaches on campuses and surrounding communities.
Target population: students and faculties on HBCU campuses, student government and health organizations on HBCU campuses, policy makers, RAATCN networks, smokers and non-smokers, dorm staff.

Activities: Outreach, education, coalition, information distribution, policy development.
Outcome:
• Delivery of Regional African American Tobacco Control Network consisting of 21 networks, and an 8- member advisory team.
• Smoke free campus policy agenda developed and implemented.
• 2 Maryland HBCU campuses adopted smoke free policies.
• 2 HBCU adopted designated smoking area policies.
• 3 playgrounds adopted smoke free environment policies.
• 509,709 (students, faculty, lawmakers, academia, faith-based, community-based organizations, drug free coalitions, advocates, educators, news reporters). Mass media communications to include radio, online social platforms, campus newsletters and bulletins.

Grant start: July 2014

Principal Investigator: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Ashyrra Dotson, MA


  1. Regional Health Equity Roundtable Consortium
    Grant year: 2019
    Funder: Maryland Outreach Technical Assistance

Goal: Promote health equity and eliminate health disparities by recruiting and bringing together key stakeholders to share ideas, exchange knowledge and insights, and create collaborative networks aim to raise awareness and knowledge of inequities in health and health care among racial and ethnic populations.

Target population: policy analyst, stakeholders, politicians, administrators, health providers

Activities: Information distribution, outreach, policy, and education.
Outcome:
• Promote leadership of new leaders, partners, and stakeholders.
• Curriculum developed and implemented to advance community health workers as health equity advocates.
• Regional Health Equity Roundtable Network
• Advanced the prominence and understanding of the inequities in health and health care among racial and ethnic population.
• Representatives from 6 areas universities, 11 Maryland counties, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C participated in roundtable.
• Five (5) nationally known leaders in social justice served as guest speakers.
• Medical doctors and residents participated to advance their knowledge in community and population health.
• 506 in attendance annually; 5,000 individuals received a message related to roundtable meeting discussions and meeting’s agenda and over 149,000 reach through mass communication networks to include radio.

Grant start: September 2019

Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Renee Nash


  1. Access Community Health Workers Research Project
    Type: Research and training
    Grant Year: 2014- 2016

Funder: Morehouse School of Medicine via NIH
Goal: Raise the standards of Community Health Workers visibility and effective performances in public health and as assets integrated serving in multiple systems to include grassroots, academic, justice, administrative, health and social systems.

Target: CHW students, Morehouse researchers, male and female, ages 21 and up

Activities: Curriculum development, recruitment of students, training, and research.

Outcomes:
• Research based training curriculum.
• Local, regional, and national health systems acknowledge the value of its services and integrates into its health and academic system.
• Academic (Prince George’s Community College) integrates and offers its training in its allied health curriculum.
• 15 students participating in trail completed its 120 hours training.
• 97% were employed after graduation.

Grant Start: 2014

Principal Investigator: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Ashyrra Dotson MA

  1. Prostate Cancer Research Project
    Type: Community participatory research
    Grant Year: 2010- 2016
    Funder: School of Public Health- University of Maryland Behavioral Health

Goal: Raise awareness to prostate cancer among African American men in faith-based settings and the importance of screen.
Target: CHW students, Morehouse researchers, male and female, ages 21 and up
Activities: Research- train-the-trainers, outreach, education, information distribution curriculum development.
Outcomes:
• 21 African American churches participated in research project.
• 52 congregant leaders were trained as trainers.
• 20,000 African American men received a virtual message weekly.
Grant Start: 2010

Principal Investigator II: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Outreach Coordinator: Ralph Williams

  1. Community Transformation at its Best Initiative
    Type: Technical Assistance to Department of Health and Human (DHMH) Services
    (Minority Health and Disparities Division and Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion Bureau)- Regional SHIP Training

Grant Year: 2013- 2015
Funder: Department of Health and Human (DHMH) Services Maryland Department of Health via CDC

Goal: Advance the health of Maryland residents by improving and/or adopting new and innovative policies aimed at improving care, improving population health, and moderating the growth in hospital costs.

Target populations: Maryland counties health department administrative team, state policy makers, and state health improvement advocates

Activities: Train-the-trainers, outreach, education, information distribution on 2013 Health Improvement plan.

Outcomes:
• 21 counties participated in the training.
• 21 counties health department staff received technical assistance in implementing 2013 health improvement plan.
• 305 health department staff attended additional trainings hosted by AWPLI. African American churches participated in research project.

Grant Start: 2013

Program Director: Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD
Technical Support: Ralph Williams