The 10 x 10 Project
Description of Program
What is the intervention/program/project?
AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) plays a 10-minute educational video during its drop-in programming every weekin a 10-week cycle. Video topics cover a broad spectrum of health related topics including, but not limited to, HIV/HCV prevention and safer use, safer tattooing, chronic pain, stress relief, bed bugs, stigma, assertiveness, self esteem, and mental health issues including depression and anxiety. Snacks are provided and a facilitated discussion occurs after the short video. The videos are a starting point for conversation, and lead to lively conversations and referrals to other health and social services.
What is the goal/objective of the intervention/program/project?
The goal of the project is to help people learn about health so that they can be as healthy as possible. The goal is also to present HIV/HCV, safer drug use and other health information in a manageable and accessible format.
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
A primary health care nurse who regularly attends the drop-in donated a stack of video tapes containing a myriad of health education information. AVI used this idea as a springboard, but looked for accessible, short videos on the internet and began showing them once per week.
How was the intervention/program/project developed?
The pilot project was put together intentionally and was initially developed for a 10 week time period. Staff planned educational topics and snacks for the first 10 weeks. However, after the first 10 week period finished, there was major interest in continuing the project. Staff began to conduct evaluation and strategy sessions in partnership with the participants. Now, every 10 weeks, one session is held to evaluate the last 10 sessions and decide on topics for the next 10 sessions.
OrganizationAIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) – Courtenay, B.C.
- Harm reduction
- Harm reduction
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- People who use drugs
Name: Sarah Sullivan
Position: Manager, Courtenay and Campbell River Offices
Courtenay, B.C. in the AVI office.
Project ResourcesPowerpoint presentation about the project available to share with other agencies upon request.
Resources for Program
- Access to internet.
- A location to show a video.
- Food/healthy snacks.
- Staff time.
- Either one staff or volunteer run.
- A nurse.
DurationOngoing; in a 10-week cycle
- The number of clients who attend is collected weekly. An average of 6-15 people attend each session.
Client/Audience feedback or evaluation
- Every 10 weeks, a client evaluation and strategy session is conducted with participants.
Evaluation TermsAudience/client feedback and satisfaction, Output tracking
- The importance of food for engaging and connecting with people. Often people come to the door looking for a piece of toast or cup of coffee and, through conversation, share a story that leads to accessing information about services/supports available and referrals. Make the snacks simple.
- The importance of providing education in small chunks that is manageable and accessible.
- Regular, consistent client evaluation/feedback has been key to the success of the program. People feel ownership over the project.
- People do not mind the repetition of information and often request it to reinforce education.
- People can come and go into the 10 x 10 program as they see fit. AVI does not criticize people for leaving the room, getting a smoke, coming in and out, etc.
- The importance of a strong facilitator who can manage lively conversations, diffuse situations and re-direct conversations.
- Engaging nursing practicum students in supporting the 10 x 10 project has been successful.
- Coming up with different topics.
- Planning ahead of time.
- Ensuring that there are funds for small snacks and agreeing on food that everyone is able to eat.