“¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself)” is a culturally tailored program designed specifically for Latino youth. The program is an adaptation of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! program. ¡Cuídate! emphasizes Latino cultural beliefs to frame abstinence and condom use, as culturally accepted and effective ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The focus of ¡Cuídate! is to increase each participant’s skill level and self-efficacy in communicating and negotiating with sexual partners about abstinence and condom use. The program also helps teens develop the technical skills they need for correct condom use. ¡Cuídate! provides important information about the causes, diagnosis, transmission, and prevention of HIV and STDs, as well as the risk of HIV infection for Latino youth.
Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:
- Program Overview
- Program Components
- Implementation Requirements and Guidance
- Implementation Readiness Assessment
Interview with the Program Developer
See the materials below to hear from the program developer.
Advice from the Field
OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of ¡Cuídate! from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing ¡Cuídate!
- Consider adding activities or lesson reviews related to puberty and anatomy, especially if many of the youth lack this knowledge. This helps establish a framework for participants before ¡Cuídate! discusses sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and birth control options.
- Assess the needs of the community and the rules and regulations of schools and faith-based organizations. ¡Cuídate! includes program components (e.g., condom demonstrations) that may not be appropriate for all settings.
- Consider including additional information on STIs and contraception. ¡Cuídate! only covers HIV prevention and condom use. Adding these topics will require a medical accuracy review, so be sure to plan sufficient time for this review.
- Create a PowerPoint with all the ¡Cuídate! modules and videos to make it easier for educators to go out into the field with tablets and projectors. This removes the burden of having to carry heavy equipment or rely on the sites to provide all the technology.
- Consider implementing ¡Cuídate! during times that are convenient for youth.
- Make minor adaptations to the lecture portion of ¡Cuídate! to effectively engage and retain youth (e.g., add interactive activities).
Staffing and Professional Development
- Provide staff with cultural competency and classroom/group management trainings. Training on the ¡Cuídate! curriculum does not cover this content and these skills can help staff connect with participants and further engage them.
- Carefully consider training teachers in schools who will implement the program. Schools may also have the in-house capacity needed to train their staff on the program.
Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in
- Emphasize that ¡Cuídate! covers a variety of skills, including goal setting and refusal and negotiation skills, which can be applied to their everyday lives. This can help with getting buy-in from community stakeholders.
- Provide parents with feedback on how best to have conversations with their child about sex and sexuality.
- Consider doing program outreach to inform parents about the topics covered within the ¡Cuídate! curriculum, especially the condom demonstration component.
- Build trust with school officials and faculty by being transparent about the curriculum’s components (e.g., be forthcoming with information about condom demonstrations).
Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for ¡Cuídate!