From Miami to Palm Beach, a Look at South Florida's Top HIV/AIDS Resource Centers
June 8, 2012
Founded in 1985, Palm Beach County's Comprehensive AIDS Program (www.cappbc.org) is its oldest and largest AIDS resource. CAP's staff works out of three offices and serves a diverse population. The "Community Promise" program targets Latinos, while the "Real AIDS Prevention Program" focuses on blacks.
CAP distributes prevention materials and offers onsite testing, medical transportation, health insurance referrals, dental work, and a working pharmacy through its "Found Care" program. CAP's "Street Smart" program provides tenant-based housing and emergency housing for up to one year for clients who would be homeless otherwise. CAP has already served 1,800 people with AIDS this year.
Broward County's Broward House (www.browardhouse.org) boasts 13 locations and is South Florida's largest HIV/AIDS resource. It began in 1989 with upwards of 50 beds for people with HIV/AIDS, and it has become a one-stop shop offering everything from housing to medical care.
Broward House's services include assisted-living facilities, substance abuse treatment, access to physicians and nurses, mental health therapy, transportation, case management, insurance assistance, counseling, and suicide prevention. In addition to HIV testing services for 4,000 people, Broward House assists approximately 6,500 clients annually and currently is investigating providing home-based care.
Created by a 1998 merger, Miami-Dade County's Care Resource (www.careresource.org) now occupies two locations and serves 9,000 clients. It provides health care, financial aid, transportation, and abuse counseling, with prevention programs targeting at-risk populations: youths, men who have sex with men, the incarcerated, blacks, Haitians, and Hispanics. Using four RV's, Care Resource tests nearly 12,000 people annually for HIV, STDs, and diabetes. Through the "Kill AIDS" campaign, it targets the younger generation with a blunt prevention message.
South Florida Gay News (Wilton Manors, Fla.)
06.06.2012; Gideon Grudo
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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