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In partnership with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and a Metropolitan Davidson County Detention Center Facility for women, Providing Our Women with Education upon Release (P.O.W.E.R.) is a HIV prevention education pre-release program.  P.O.W.E.R. is a peer led HIV prevention education project for incarcerated women.  P.O.W.E.R. is a multi-session prevention intervention which addresses vulnerabilities and high risk behaviors in women.

Sessions include risk factors in a prison environment, harm/risk reduction, negotiating skills, assertiveness, isolation and loneliness, social acceptability of concurrent partners, depression, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, substance use/abuse, childcare/family, confidentiality, poverty, literacy, financial dependency, and other dynamics that disproportionately impact incarcerated women. 

Mission Increase self esteem, self awareness and encourage positive behavior change.

Purpose: The purpose of this curriculum based education intervention is to establish critical HIV/AIDS information that is gender specific, culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate for the target population.


1. Increase HIV prevention education, treatment and awareness among incarcerated women.

2. Increase community linkages and networks to ensure care and social services are available for incarcerated women upon release.

3. Increase voluntary HIV testing availability to high risk incarcerated women.


1. Provide clear gender directed HIV/AIDS/STI information

2. Promote risk reduction activities  

3. Provide voluntary confidential HIV testing and counseling services

4. Upon release, link women to services in order of priority

5. Provide follow-up services 

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