YACHT: Young Adult Centered HealthForce Training

Young Adult Centered HealthForce Training (YACHT) will focus on increasing HIV testing and PrEP referrals among young sexual minority men (YSMM) using a multi-component implementation strategy that includes

  1. Quality management via mystery shoppers,
  2. Tailored motivational interviewing, and
  3. Evidence-based technical assistance  


These strategies have been developed and tested in other states to support developmentally sensitive, culturally appropriate, evidence-based services for the Diagnose and Prevent pillars of the End the Epidemic (EHE) initiative. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health will engage Florida Department of Health funded HIV testing sites across the seven EHE counties.  If successful, this program will increase the number of HIV tests administered among YSMM and the delivery of developmentally and culturally responsive, evidence-based testing and referral programs.  


We are excited to offer this opportunity! The Mystery Shopper assessments will begin in April 2023 and continue quarterly over three years. You will receive an opt out letter where you can indicate if you do not want to participate. Results of your agency’s assessments will not be shared outside of your agency and the academic investigators. The research team from FSU will discuss the results with your team and develop a plan together for HealthForce training and technical assistance tailored to your site.  At the end of the study, you will have chance to give confidential feedback for improving the program prior to implementation with other agencies. For further questions, please contact us at yacht@med.fsu.edu