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This case study, published in Consulting Today, was written by EnCompass President Sherry Rockey and former EnCompass CEO Laverne Webb. The article illustrates the successful application of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to aid the Dubuque, Iowa Housing and Community Development Department in mediating disputes about housing policies with landlords in that city.

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"David Harris, the Director of the City of Dubuque’s Housing and Community Development Department, is a strong and committed leader who has been able to accomplish remarkable changes by forming collaborative partnerships that embrace Appreciative Inquiry (AI). This story presents a strong case for how an AI process has been sustained over time in local government through committed leadership and exceptional partnerships."

 

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This case study examines FHI's work around the mental health needs of people living with HIV. Their work has led to increased coping mechanisms and capabilities, focusing on holistic, positive living.

This resource was developed as part of our AIDSTAR-One Project work. 

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Avahan means “a call to action” in Sanskrit. It is a fitting name for one of the largest and most promising HIV prevention programs in the world. Launched in 2003 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this major HIV prevention program stretches over six of the Indian states most affected by HIV, as well as key trucking routes. 

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After opening the clinic in northern Uganda, PCAF mental health staff requested specialized HIV training because they felt it was critical to address their clients’ mental health and HIV care and support needs in a holistic and knowledgeable manner. In northern Uganda, mental health service providers must know their individual client, and having HIV knowledge and experience is key to being effective in their work. In comparison to the rest of the country, estimated HIV prevalence in northern Uganda is significantly higher (8 to 12 percent compared to 6.7 percent).

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Successful outreach to key populations recognizes the sociocultural context and particularly the gendered norms in which key populations live. This case study documents how outreach workers in Lebanon raise awareness about how gender norms can increase HIV risk; deliver basic information on HIV, hepatitis, and other STIs; offer counseling to support positive behavior change, and distribute free condoms, syringes, and lubricants.

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Gender inequality is a major contributor to men who have sex with men's (MSM) vulnerability to HIV. Understanding the gender dynamics of MSM, as well as their specific sexual identity issues and concerns, is important for delivering effective HIV services. This case study describes how an NGO in Russia created an MSM-supportive environment and provided free access to HIV services through its "Follow the Voice of Life" program.

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An assessment was conducted in Kenya in October 2009 in order to examine the national Food by Prescription  program, study program strengths and challenges, and document lessons learned and promising practices. AIDSTAR-One conducted the assessment with the participation of the USAID Mission in Kenya, the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, and Academy for Educational Development.

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