Resources in the Louisville Area

Stop The Spread Online
www.stopthespreadonline.org

Tell your tricks, hookups, ex's, boyfriends, girlfriends and partners they may have been exposed to an STD and need to be tested.  Use this free e-service confidentially or anonymously - all you need is your sexual partner's e-mail address.  Chose from 11 different card designs, learn about STDs, tips for informing your partner and where to get testing, treatment or related area resources.  Together we can help stop the spread of STDs in our community.

 

 

Click the logo to download a printable version of the Louisville AIDS Resource Directory, a useful quick reference guide to many of the AIDS services available in our area.  The directory is a service of Louisville AIDS Resource Center and AIDS Services Center Coalition.

 

AIDS Resource Center

Louisville AIDS Resource Center
(502) 574-5490

The resource center keeps updated literature available to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and those needing to study the facts of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. The innovative education center offers the latest publications, newsletters, Internet access, service organization information and a news board (Hot Off The Press). Other user-friendly features offered are an information tree and over 160 educational binders with categories including opportunistic infections, drug protocol, specific populations living with HIV, advocacy and other empowerment issues. The resource center also allows individuals to sit in a comfortable setting and watch the latest videos available on the center's TV/VCR and pamphlets from all the pharmaceuticals about treatment. We also periodically host special forums presented by Pharmaceutical representatives.

 

Louisville AIDS Walk

Louisville AIDS Walk
www.louisvilleaidswalk.org or (502) 938-WALK

Since 1993 Louisville AIDS Walk has raised funds which are distributed to agencies throughout the community to pay for services that HIV Positive people depend on every day of the year.
AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc

AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc.
(502) 574-5490 or www.asccinc.org

AIDS Services Center started in 1989 and in 1994 incorporated into AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc. d.b.a. the Louisville AIDS Walk. This umbrella organization consists of twelve community-based organizations that provide direct service to people both infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. The association also serves as an organization compiled of clearinghouse for information, statistics and the Louisville AIDS Resource Center to give direction to the newly diagnosed, their friends and their families about available services.  Click here to read more about AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc.
AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana

AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana, Inc.
(502) 574-6086 aimvolunteers@aol.com

(502) 574-6085 aimofkentuckiana@aol.com

 

AIDS Interfaith Ministries (AIM) of Kentuckiana, Inc. is committed to people living with HIV/AIDS by providing spiritual, nutritional and emotional support in a community building context, which is non-judgmental and life affirming in approach. AIM seeks to be a bridge between the HIV/AIDS and faith communities.  AIM provides pastoral care and counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups.  Hospital, home and nursing facility visitation is provided as well as funeral services and grief counseling. AIM provides a Food Closet inclusive of personal care items and household cleaning supplies, life skills educational workshops, spiritual retreats, a monthly fellowship dinner, and volunteer services through the AIM Care Teams.  Click here to read more about AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana.
HIV/AIDS Legal Project of the Legal Aid Society

AIDS Legal Project of the Legal Aid Society
(502) 584-1234 www.laslou.org

Provides free legal services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS who otherwise cannot afford an attorney. Since 1992, the Legal Project has provided free services to over 3200 clients on issues involving insurance, discrimination, access to care and public benefits, testing and confidentiality.  Click here to read more about HIV/AIDS Legal Project.
House of Ruth

House of Ruth
(502) 587-5080 or www.houseofruth.net

Provides various programs and services to empower families and individuals who have been infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. House of Ruth also administers Glade house and provides case management for those on housing programs.  Click here to read more about House of Ruth.
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
www.louisvilleky.gov/health or HIV Prevention Services: (502) 574-5600 or STD Specialty Clinic: (502) 574-6699

HIV Prevention Services offers a variety of HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, field outreach, prevention case management, counseling and testing. The Specialty Clinic offers testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Click here to read more about Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
University of Louisville Dental School, Ryan White Dental Program

Community-Based Dental Partnership at The University of Louisville School of Dentistry
(502) 852-1267

Through federally funded Ryan White grants, the U of L School of Dentistry is able to provide dental care to HIV/AIDS patients who have no other means of payment. Care is available at these locations: the U of L School of Dentistry and the U of L Ambulatory Care Building, the Hardin County Community Clinic at Elizabethtown Community College, and the Dixie Metro Clinic on Dixie Highway.  Click here to read more about the Community-Based Dental Partnership at The University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
TRI-COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA, INC.
(812) 944-7265 or e-mail at: TCHCOSI@sbcglobal.net

Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization which acts as a clearinghouse for health information for the minority and disadvantaged population of a three county area in Southern Indiana. The Coalition provides health screening, referral services, resources and follow up as well as educational and prevention workshops.  Click here to read more about Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana, Inc.

Volunteers of America Care Coordinator Program

Volunteers of America

www.voaky.org

Care Coordinator Program (502) 636-0742

Volunteers of America manages the Care coordinator Program offering case management and financial assistance for health related needs, such as education, health insurance, nutrition, transportation to medical appointments, and housing stabilization, for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Click here to read more about Volunteers of America's Care Coordinator Program.

STOP Program

Phone: (502) 636-0742  e-mail: stop@voaky.org or text (502) 930-0222

Our HIV Prevention Specialists and dedicated volunteers coordinate several programs to educate the community on how to reduce the risk of contracting HIV. We are often looking for volunteers and participants for our entertaining and informative programs. If you are interested in HIV or Syphilis testing, information or volunteering, contact the STOP Program.

Wings Clinic

Wings Clinic
(502) 561-8844

WINGS is a federally funded outpatient medical clinic for HIV+ persons. The goal of WINGS is 100% access to comprehensive medical care and 0% disparity in the quality of care provided. Wings provides services including primary care, infectious diseases, nutrition services, support groups, mental health assessments and referral, as well as a liaison to community services for those with HIV/AIDS. Click here to read more about WINGS.
Friend to Friend Internet Project

Friend to Friend Internet Project 
(502) 574-8248 or www.friendtofriend.org

The goal of the Friend to Friend Internet Project is to utilize the Internet to bring awareness and information about HIV and other STDs to those in our community. The project has helped several related community organizations develop a website and helped others enhance their presence on the world wide web. We educate volunteer Peer Leaders and train them how to encourage safer behavior among their peers to prevent the transmission of disease. Peer Leaders share their knowledge about STDs and offer resources/referrals to their peers through websites, chat rooms, email and by instant messaging.

SABSA

www.sabsaonline.com or (502) 231-3871

SABSA (Sisters and Brothers Surviving AIDS) is not only a support group, but also one who will advocate and speak out on issues that affect the African-Americans with HIV/AIDS.  We promote prevention through advocacy as well as serving as a place to bring individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS together for sharing resource information and collaboration with other local agencies. b

Louisville Poz Buddies

Louisville Poz Buddies

www.loupoz.org or loupozbuddies@aol.com

The Louisville Poz Buddies group is comprised of gay men who are HIV positive and wish to interact with similarly situated men in a relaxed and social environment.

S.A.I.L., a name chosen by participants which stands for Surviving AIDS In Louisville, is a support group for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS patients, caregivers, family and friends.  The group is sponsored by AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana and is facilitated by Linda Reynolds and Daniel Coe.  SAIL meets at the Urban County Government Center, 810 Barret Ave., Room 115 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  For more information, contact Linda by email: AIMofKentuckiana@aol.com or by phone (502) 574-6085 or call Daniel at (502) 969-0336 or email: daniel.coe@insightbb.com.

Seven Counties

www.sevencounties.org

24-hour Crisis and Information Center line: (502) 589-4313 or 1-800-221-0446
TDD-(502) 589-4259 or 1-877-589-4259

A community mental health center serving Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties in Kentucky. We provide planning, prevention, treatment and support in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse, and mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

The Center for Women and Families

www.thecenteronline.org  or (800) 803-7577

The Center engages individuals and community in the elimination of domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education and advocacy.  The Center assists all people who are dealing with domestic violence including those involved in intimate same sex relationships.  Get Help. The Center's counselors are available every day of the year. Call toll-free 24-hours a day. 1-877-803-7577.

Planned Parenthood of Louisville
www.plannedparenthood.org/sexual-health/sexual-health.htm
(502) 584-2473


Planned Parenthood of Louisville currently provides testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, and herpes. HIV testing NOT available. Please call 584-2473 to schedule an appointment
Common Ground

Common Ground
http://louisville.edu/rso/commonground

University of Louisville's Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, and Their Allies Student Group

Lambda Student Union
http://homepages.ius.edu/studentorg/lambda/index.asp?content=home

The Lambda Student Union was founded to provide a means of communication among gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and heterosexual students at Indiana University Southeast. The group serves the area through various educational programs, social activities, and political actions.

Louisville Youth Group

Louisville Youth Group
www.louisvilleyouthgroup.com or lyg@louisvilleyouthgroup.com or (502) 499-4417

LYG supports young people by providing resources and a safe social atmosphere for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (GLBTQ), and supporting young people under 21
P-Flag Louisville

P-Flag Louisville
www.pflaglouisville.org or pflaglouisville@yahoo.com or (502) 329-0229

A support organization for Parents, Friends and Family Members of the GLBT Community.

Sienna - The Louisville Gender Society

www.tg-sienna.org email: questions@tg-sienna.org or Pager: (502) 346-5298

Sienna is a support and social group serving the transgender community of Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. We welcome crossdressers, the transgender (either Male to Female or Female to Male), intersex, transsexual, "drag kings or queens", and any one who does not conform in their mind, personality, or outward appearance to the bipolar gender norms.

Pandora Productions

www.pandoraprods.org, (812) 288-7686 or Pandora.productions@insightbb.com

 

Pandora Productions is a local theater company that stages cutting-edge works by and for gays and lesbians.
The company is dedicated to instilling respect and compassion for all people and for using theater to transform people's lives.

 

Voices of Kentuckiana
www.voicesky.org or (502) 583-1013

A fully inclusive, Self-affirming chorus welcoming everyone!

Bluegrass Classic

www.bclou.org

Louisville's GLBT and their Allies Bowling League and Tournament

Kentuckiana Pride Festival

www.kentuckianapridefestival.com

The KPF is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization which strives to accomplish the following: 1. Produce an annual festival focused on the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community in the Kentuckiana area. The festival is known as the Kentuckiana Pride Festival. 2. To provide a forum for creative expression for all members of the community. 3. To promote and encourage the understanding that the GLBT community plays an important role in Kentuckiana's social, cultural and economic landscape. 4. To give back to the community through charitable donations and in-kind services.
 

Louisville Alternative Volleyball Association

www.lavaball.org

 

The Louisville Alternative Volleyball Association is a gay sports organization in Louisville, KY. Our members are primarily gay and lesbian but we also welcome individuals who are bisexual, transgendered and straight. The main purpose of LAVA is to promote the development and enjoyment of the sport of volleyball among the GLBT community in particular, as well as the general populace. We are a sports organization that encourages competition in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Louisville Trailblazers

www.louisvilletrailblazers.com

Louisville Trailblazers, "Blazing the trail for a stronger leather community", are a group of like-minded individuals, united to provide fraternity, support, education and charitable service to our greater community.

MCC Louisville
www.mcclouisville.org or (502) 587-6225

A fully inclusive Christian Church

Unity of Louisville

Unity of Louisville
www.unityoflouisville.org/ or (502) 583-5559

 

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

Central Presbyterian Church

www.central.presbychurch.org or (502) 587-6935

 

A community of faith learning to celebrate our differences and reaching out to others with God's peace and love.

Rainbow Spirituality Education Center

www.rainbowspiritualeducationcenter.org

 

The mission of Rainbow Spiritual Education Center, Inc. is to facilitate holistic spiritual awareness and wellness through education and celebration, utilizing wisdom from Christ's life teachings, Native American Spirituality, and Buddhism.
 

 

The Letter Newspaper

The Letter Newspaper
www.theletteronline.com

The Word The Word Newspaper
www.the-word-online.com

The Event Company

www.theeventcompanyky.com

 

The Connection

The Connection
www.theconnection.net or (502) 585-5752

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc.
By: Brad Hampton

For 22 years, AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc. (ASCC) has served as an umbrella organization for HIV/AIDS service organizations in the Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana area.

Our Board includes At Large Members as well as agency representatives from AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana, Friend to Friend, HIV/AIDS Legal Project of The Legal Aid Society, House of Ruth, Louisville Metro Health Department, Louisville Metro Housing and Community Development, University of Louisville Ryan White Dental Care Partnership Program, Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana, Volunteers of America and The WINGS Clinic.

The ASCC Board is seeking to expand our At-Large Membership. If you are interested in joining as an At-Large voting member, please email info@asccinc.org. We generally the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30pm in the First Floor Board Room of The 850 Barret Avenue Building (Louisville KY 40204).

The Mission of ASCC is to provide a forum and formal structure to collaborate and support HIV/AIDS programs and services. Our goal is to prevent duplication of efforts and gaps in services, and to develop, implement and monitor a strategic plan for HIV/AIDS programs and services.

ASCC oversees and funds the Louisville AIDS Resource Center. The education center contains an information tree and over 160 educational binders with categories including opportunistic infections, drug protocol, specific populations living with HIV, advocacy and other empowerment issues. We also publish the Louisville AIDS Resource Directory, a useful quick reference guide to many of the AIDS services available in our area.

ASCC serves as the Board of Directors for Louisville AIDS Walk, Kentucky's largest single-day HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness event. Each year, the coalition organizes a series of events to commemorate World AIDS Day. Several of our member agencies also take part in recognizing National Black AIDS Awareness Day, a national mobilization effort is designed to encourage African Americans across the United States to get tested and get involved with the fight against AIDS.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc. we invite you to visit our website at: www.asccinc.org, email: info@asccinc.org or call us at (502) 574-5490.

 

 

 

 




HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana, Inc. (AIM)
Written by: Linda Reynolds, M.Ed., M.A., Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Janet R. Mann, Director of Program Development

AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana, Inc. (AIM) was co-founded in the late 1980's by Dr. James Hyde, Sr. Mary Bennett Cecil, Fr. Vernon Robertson, Jack Kersey, and Sr. Marilyn Spink. AIM is a non-profit AIDS Services Center Coalition organization comprised of clergy, laity, community professionals and volunteers of all faith perspectives committed to People Living with HIV/AIDS by providing spiritual, nutritional and emotional support in a community building context that is non-judgmental and life affirming in approach. AIM seeks to be a bridge between the HIV/AIDS and faith communities.

One of AIM's major goals is to keep HIV clients independent and self-sufficient in their homes, helping to keep families together and reduce the risk of eviction, homelessness, and/or the necessity of extended nursing facility care due to the impact of the illness. This is done in a myriad of ways through free of charge, direct client services.

The Pastoral Care and Counseling Program (PCC) offers counseling to individuals, families, caregivers and community service providers who have been directly impacted by HIV/AIDS. Pastoral counseling services include: grief and bereavement therapy; home, nursing home, and hospital visitation; spirituality, support and self-help groups and crisis intervention. A weekend retreat is planned for the fall of 2006 to allow clients and their caregivers an extended time in a relaxed environment to reflect and to nurture a supportive community among themselves.

The services offered aim to integrate the spiritual and psychological dimensions of a person's unique experience of coping with the affects of HIV/AIDS. AIM serves as a pastoral resource and consultant for clients, families and community HIV/AIDS service organizations. The Pastoral Counselor follows-up and schedules referrals received by physicians, social workers, community organizations and the Kentucky Care Coordinator Program. We make our services most accessible by seeing clients not only in the office, but also in the home, nursing home or hospital.

One of the most valuable components of AIM's direct services is the Food Closet where non-perishable groceries are distributed to clients each month along with personal care items and gift cards to purchase household cleaning supplies. Approximately 100 food bags and 100 personal care bags are distributed each month.

The Third Tuesday Night Dinner is a joint venture between AIM and Central Presbyterian Church where 50-70 HIV positive men and women gather each month for fun, food, and fellowship. The dinner helps create lasting friendships and provides a wonderful environment for community building among our clients thus helping to alleviate the isolation that can accompany the disease.

AIM offers on-going life-skills educational workshops for clients dealing with topics promoting self-sufficiency and self-advocacy such as budgeting and money management, landlord negotiations, nutrition, HIV and healthy relationships, employment, community resources, end-of-life issues, self-esteem, spirituality, exercise, and healthcare, to name a few.

AIM Care Teams are volunteers who are matched with individuals and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS to meet special needs and offer expressions of care and compassion. The services they provide, along with staff, may include transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry, pet care, and friendly visiting.

Minor home repairs and yard work are arranged when possible. When illness is present, home maintenance and property maintenance can be a real challenge.

AIM does not discriminate against any person for any reason and all services are free of charge to persons infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS living within the seven county regions. This includes professional services to Metro Louisville's poorest and minority populations. 99% of our clients receive disability payments and are low income/poverty level families. This vulnerable population consists of men, women, youth, children, heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered persons.

For more information about AIM, please call (502) 574-6086 or (502) 574-6085.

 

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: HIV/AIDS Project of The Legal Aid Society
by Eileen Ordover, Agency Director

The HIV/AIDS Legal Project of the Legal Aid Society of Louisville provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Jefferson and 14 surrounding Kentucky counties (Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, & Washington). Founded in 1992, it is the only program in Kentucky providing a comprehensive range of free legal services specifically for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the Legal Project has represented more than 2,600 clients, and provided individualized legal information to many, many others.

The Legal Project is currently staffed by one full-time Director/Attorney, a full-time Project Secretary and a part-time Law Clerk/Paralegal. Over these years, we have developed three broad priority areas for our legal assistance:

Access to health care, which may include, for example, addressing issues of discrimination or confidentiality; securing continuous health insurance coverage during times of job change; or obtaining benefits under Medicaid or Medicare.

Keeping a support model in place, for example, obtaining or maintaining safe housing; obtaining or maintaining income; resolving family structure issues; or debt management.

Life planning for self and family, making arrangements for personal and financial affairs in the event of disability or death.

The Legal Project uses a wide variety of legal strategies to pursue these priorities for clients. Keeping a support model in place might mean defending someone against an unlawful eviction, or using landlord-tenant law to force a landlord to make necessary repairs. It might also mean confronting issues of housing discrimination, or defending against home foreclosure. Or appealing a denial or reduction of disability benefits or unemployment compensation. Or invoking remedies under family law in regard to child support, custody or marital status, or under consumer law to address debt collection or harassment by creditors. Life planning might mean drafting advance medical directives and legal documents relating to health care surrogates; drafting Wills and/or Powers of Attorney; or establishing guardianships for self or children. Access to health care might require securing rights under, among other laws, COBRA, HIPPA (Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act), the federal Medicaid and Medicare acts and state and federal civil rights laws.

The Legal Project tailors its services and strategies to meet individual client need. Depending upon how complex an individual's situation is, we will provide either direct legal representation, or advice and counsel. Our services to individual clients fall into two broad categories: Direct Legal Representation, and Advice and Counsel. In direct legal representation, we serve as an individuals counsel in judicial or administrative proceeding, in negotiations, or in drafting documents. In advice and counsel cases, we assess an individual's problem and provide him or her with information about legal rights and remedies, and guidance on how he or she can assert and protect those rights.

As a member of the AIDS Services Center Coalition, we are most grateful to the community for its support of the Louisville AIDS Walk, a vital source of funding for our work. For further information about the HIV/AIDS Legal Project, or to request legal assistance, call 574-8199, or visit us at 810 Barret Avenue, Room 301, Louisville, KY 40204.

 

 

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: House of Ruth
By Linda Underwood, Executive Director

Since 1992, House of Ruth has been an association of persons caring for families and individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The mission of House of Ruth is to provide advocacy and support for the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of persons affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.

House of Ruth provides multiple types of support including financial resources, housing and case management, crisis or emergency support and interagency services to HIV positive individuals and household members. House of Ruth Programs are intended to maximize the potential of HIV/AIDS infected and affected individuals and families. Its goal is to improve the quality of life of the persons infected with HIV/AIDS and to address the homelessness and isolation often experienced by this population. Together, the client and the staff address specific needs including alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, illness, access to medical treatment, and emergency need for food, clothing, and transportation. Clients are provided services to support their stability and growth. Program staff conduct initial and ongoing assessment of clients, provide medical information and support, make referrals for clients to access other mainstream resources and services and provide emergency assistance to clients. Educational workshops are also offered to clients. Clients who are homeless are provided with housing options if there is availability in House of Ruth's permanent supportive housing program sites and are connected with other housing partners if there are no vacancies.

House of Ruth is an AIDS Services Center Coalition member and is closely tied with other HIV/AIDS agencies in the community. These partnerships and relationships help to better address the future of service provision to HIV positive individuals and ensure collaboration to promote quality of services to HIV positive individuals. House of Ruth actively participates in the Jefferson County Continuum of Care to address the condition of homelessness experienced by HIV positive persons and families.

Clients come to House of Ruth thru referrals from the WINGS Clinic at University of Louisville Hospital, Volunteers of America Kentucky Care Coordinator Program and by peer referral. Because HIV is a chronic illness, clients continue with House of Ruth after their first contact until they move to another geographic area or until they die. Client numbers continue to grow, currently at an average of 8-10 new clients per month. Of the 830 individuals served by House of Ruth in 2005, 59% are between the ages of 18-54, the most productive years for the individual and the community.

 

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
By: Brad Hampton

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is a government agency whose mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the health, environment, and well-being of the people of Metro Louisville. Services are provided from the department's administrative headquarters at 400 E. Gray Street as well as from 19 satellite and Neighborhood Place sites throughout the community.

The department operates the STD Specialty Clinic, Louisville's only sexually transmitted disease clinic. The department works to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and helps to reduce complications from these diseases. The department also assists in Partner Notification so that the partners of those infected with sexually transmitted diseases know to seek testing and treatment. The department tests for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis, it diagnoses infection by providing examinations to determine signs and symptoms of many other STD's such as Herpes Simplex Virus II (HSV) and Human Papillomavirus (HP). The department also provides treatment and care for many STD's and, in some cases, medication or prescriptions. It also offers Hepatitis A & B vaccines.

The Specialty Clinic is located on the Corner of Barret Avenue and Breckinridge Streets at 850 Barret Avenue. No appointments are needed at the Specialty Clinic, and everyone is welcome. You do not need health insurance to be seen. Services are provided at a significantly reduced fee, and no one is ever denied services due to inability to pay.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness also provides HIV testing and counseling, prevention case management services and workshops about reducing the risk of HIV transmission. It also promotes awareness of HIV/AIDS, provides education on abstinence and safer sex strategies to high risk youth and adults. The department includes special emphasis programs for injection drug users, sex trade workers, African Americans, Hispanics and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The department also conducts field and Internet outreach, as well as distributing free condoms and other safer sex supplies to residents throughout the area. The department also provides HIV testing at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival and helps organize the African American and Hispanic Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS each year. Each year, the department plans activities and events to commemorate National Black AIDS Awareness Day, National HIV Testing Day and World AIDS Day.

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is proud to be a member agency of AIDS Services Center Coalition (an umbrella organization of twelve AIDS service providers in Kentuckiana) and to provide integral support to the Louisville AIDS Walk.

To receive information on other services provided by the department, obtain clinic hours or directions call the department's main phone line at (502) 574-6520, the STD Specialty Clinic at (502) 574-6699, HIV Prevention Services at (502) 574-5600 or visit us online at www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: Volunteers of America

HIV/AIDS - A Ministry of Service

Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the largest and most diversified nonprofit human services organizations in the country. Volunteers of America of Kentucky, Inc. was established the same year and has operated con?tinuously as one of the oldest chartered affiliates. Today from our Louisville headquarters we provide essential human services in four states: Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The Kentucky Care Coordinator Program (KCCP) became a project of Volunteers of America of Kentucky in July, 1999. ???The program is designed to provide a variety of social services for individuals diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome (AIDS). KCCP primarily functions as a case management program, assisting clients with obtaining services important to the treatment and remission of life-threatening illnesses. The Program serves individuals with HIV/AIDS regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or religious affiliation. KCCP is operated with a dedicated team of ten staff members.

The mission of the Kentucky Care Coordinator Program is to empower individuals who are living with HIV or AIDS to maintain and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families through education in accessing resources and support available in the community. The Care Coordinator Program advocates for the rights of persons who are HIV-positive and facilitates collaboration among agencies concerned with providing care for those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Comprehensive systems as well as social service case management approaches are utilized in developing an individualized care plan (ICP) with each client of the program. Clients are required to meet with their case manager twice a year to update their ICP.

Another program managed by Volunteers of America is the STOP Program. It is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV through education, outreach, group interactions and advocacy. These activities are conducted in a caring, nonjudgmental and direct manner. STOP program staff seek to provide the best information to clients on how to reduce the risk for HIV infection. This includes HIV prevention education, empowerment classes, HIV testing, including state-certified pre and post-test counseling services, and referral to other social service providers.

Target populations of the Stop Program as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Public Health are: injectable drug users, men having sex with men, high risk heterosexuals with special focus on minority populations, and HIV+ individuals. Volunteers of America employs eight full time Stop Program staff who are responsible for providing HIV Prevention Services to Jefferson County and the seven surrounding counties. 

 

Volunteers of America's Kentucky Care Coordinator Program is funded by state and federal grants and through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. For additional information please contact Tina Haley, Director at 502-574-0161.

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: WINGS Medical Clinic
by Deborah Wade, Program Director

The WINGS Clinic, part of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, is Kentuckiana's only medical clinic specializing solely in care for HIV-positive people. WINGS was founded in 1995, focusing first on women, and received federal funding in July of 1999, expanding medical services to men and all people infected with HIV living in a 7-county region and portions of Southern Indiana. Funding for services comes to the University of Louisville Research Foundation from two federal grants under the Ryan White CARE Act. The CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Administration) Act is the congressional legislation which is intended to help communities and states increase the availability of HIV-related primary health care and support services. The purpose of this Act is to reduce utilization of more costly inpatient care, increase access to care for underserved populations, and improve the quality of life of those infected and affected by the 25 year old AIDS epidemic. In 2001, UL Research Foundation was awarded a second grant for the delivery of HIV medical care and services that specifically targets women, adolescents, and families who are both infected and affected by HIV disease

The WINGS Clinic is the largest provider of HIV care in Kentucky. The number of patients seen has expanded tremendously. In 1999 there were 176 HIV-positive patients enrolled into care. Today there are currently 1,100 patients being served. Approximately 15-20 new patients are referred to our clinic each month. Current HIV services activities provided by the HIV medical clinic include: 1) HIV counseling & testing services; 2) Primary HIV medical services; 3) Client advocacy/financial eligibility services; 4) Mental health screening, assessment, treatment, referral and case management; 5) Substance abuse screening, assessment, treatment, and referral; 6) Nutritional assessment and referral; 7) Oral health care referrals; 8) On-site consultations with a pharmacist regarding medication adherence education and evaluation of medication tolerability; 9) Referrals to other specialty care within the UL medical clinics; and 10) Access to clinical drug trials.

The goal of the WINGS Clinic is 100% access to care with 0% disparity in the quality of care regardless of disability, social background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation or ability to pay. Care is based on a sliding fee basis. If you have questions about WINGS or HIV medical services, please call (502) 561-8844. The WINGS Clinic is proud to be a member organization of AIDS Services Center Coalition and beneficiary of funds from the Louisville AIDS Walk.

 

 

 



On The Home Front With Louisville Metro Housing & Community Development


Louisville Metro Housing & Community Development (LMHCD) plays a vital role in addressing our community's needs meet in order to continue its stability and viability. The mission of LMHCD is to enhance our neighborhoods and improve our quality of life for everyone in Louisville.

The four streams of funding which allow LMHCD to plan projects and activities directed toward such services are:
" Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
" Federal Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
" Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
" Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

Louisville Metro is focused on identifying and meeting the needs of its homeless population. This has become an important and common focus for many communities across the nation. The Housing Policy Advisory Team delivered THE Comprehensive Housing Strategy report to Mayor Jerry Abramson in August 2005, with recommendations of strategic objectives and policies were identified that would advance the mission of providing housing of all types, at all price points, throughout every neighborhood in metro Louisville. These recommendations took into account the funding streams that LMHCD can use for various programs. The five goals identified in the report were:
" Plan for the future
" Ensure neighborhoods of choice
" Create and promote innovative housing finance
" Address regulatory barriers and
" Create a shared vision of housing choice.

One of the programs that LMHCD provides is housing assistance to approximately 25-30 households annually in which at least one household member is infected with HIV/AIDS related disease. This program is funded with HOPWA funds and referrals for the program are provided by House of Ruth. The House of Ruth staff also provides intensive case management for households served through this program.

In addition to the HOPWA Program there are between 35-40 households that receive housing assistance annually in which at least one household member is infected with an HIV/AIDS related disease. These households are assisted by one of three Shelter Plus Care grants, through LMHCD, that address the housing needs of this specific sub-population within our community.

These programs are accessed through referrals from agencies that partner with LMHCD to provide housing participants with case management and other needed support services. Some of the partnering agencies are Seven Counties Services, Volunteers of America, The Healing Place, The House of Ruth, and others.

For additional information on the housing assistance programs please call Michele Bright at 574-8669.

 

 

 

 

 



HIV/AIDS Agency Overview: Community-Based Dental Partnership Program at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Written by: Theresa G. Mayfield, DMD, Program Director and Jennifer Lavery, MDiv, MA, Program Coordinator

HIV/AIDS and ORAL HEALTH

The condition of the mouth  the teeth, gums, and soft tissue  is a mirror of the overall health of the body and the state of the body's immune system. It is especially important for persons at risk for HIV/AIDS or living with HIV/AIDS to look into this mirror for signs and symptoms of the disease.

By some estimates, more than 90% of HIV-infected individuals will have at least one HIV-related oral manifestation in the course of their disease. For many people, the first indication of HIV infection may be an oral condition such as a thrush infection, ulcers, warts, or oral cancer. Once HIV antiretroviral therapy has begun, oral manifestations usually decrease. Persistent or recurring oral lesions may indicate a change in an individual's overall health or a decline in the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy.

Many of the current HIV/AIDS medications used for therapy cause a reduction in saliva resulting in a dry mouth. Saliva moisturizes the oral tissue, teeth and gums and helps to prevent infections. Dry mouth can cause discomfort when eating and speaking. Additionally, dry mouth can lead to an increase in cavities. Anyone who is on HIV/AIDS medications should see a dentist regularly to check for cavities and gum disease, to receive oral soft tissue examinations, and to monitor the state of their overall health by examining their oral health.

All people feel better and enjoy a better quality of life when their teeth and mouths are well cared for. The benefits to a person living with HIV/AIDS of restoring the teeth and mouth to a state of health can be enormous. HIV/AIDS patients who are suffering from oral pain and discomfort may not feel like adhering to their HIV treatment. Those who have broken or missing teeth may be suffering from poor nutrition. Those who are embarrassed about how long they have neglected their teeth may find that their embarrassment lowers their spirits. A major step on the road to wellness for anyone with HIV is the decision to seek professional oral health care.

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD) is a major provider of oral health care to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the state of Kentucky. The mission of the School of Dentistry is to educate dental professionals, to provide quality dental care, and to serve the community. Serving the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS is an important part of our mission. Every effort is made to provide care for all referrals; however, patients are accepted into the School of Dentistry clinical programs based on the educational objectives of the School. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry works in partnership with other HIV/AIDS caregivers to facilitate patient applications for acceptance into the clinical programs. Anyone who receives HIV/AIDS medical care through U of L's WINGS Clinic may speak to his or her medical provider about applying for treatment at ULSD. Kentucky Care Coordinators also have the application forms for dentistry and will help clients through the application process. Any person living with HIV/AIDS who does not have a Care Coordinator may call the dental school at 852-6371. Dental treatment is provided at ULSD and at two satellite clinics in southwest Louisville and in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

 

 

 



TRI-COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA INC.

By: Jesse Floyd

THE GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OF TRI- COUNTY HEALTH COALITION IS TO ENABLE , THROUGH REFERRALS OR DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ,THE MINORITY AND LOW INCOME POPULATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA TO DEVELOP TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE. THE MAIN GOAL IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH A PROGRAMMED PROCESS OF APPROPRIATE HELP, REHABILITATIVE AND SOCIAL SERVICES SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO MEET THE CRITICAL HEALTH AND SELF- ESTEEM NEED OF MINORITIES AND LOW IN CO ME POPULATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA COMMUNITIES.

THE FINDINGS OF A STUDY COMMISSIONED BY SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SHOWS THAT OVER 60, 000 EXCESS OR NEEDLESS DEATHS OCCUR WITH IN THE AT RISK POPULATION ANNUALLY AS A RESULT OF SEVEN SPECIFIC HEALTH PROBLEMS:
VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE, LOW INFANT BIRTH WEIGHT , DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. IN ADDITION THE SPREAD OF HIV-AIDS AMONG THE MINORITY COMMUNITY HAS PUT THE POPULATION AT RISK.

THE HEALTH COALITION WAS ORGANIZED AT THE STATE LEVEL BY THE GOVERNOR OF INDIANA ROBERT ORR. AFTER MANY UP'S AND DOWN'S , THE SOUTHERN INDIANA COALITION WAS FOUNDED IN SEPTEMBER OF 1987. TRI- COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA INC. ( FORMERLY THE BLACK AND MINORITY HEALTH COMMITTEE OF SOUTHERN ) THE NAME WAS CHANGED BECAUSE OF THE COALITION'S WISH TO SERVE ALL LOW INCOME CITIZENS IN FLOYD, CLARK HARRISON COUNTIES OF SOUTHERN INDIANA.

THE COALITION CONSISTS OF TWENTY- FOUR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS SERVING THE THREE COUNTY AREA. THE AGENCY IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SUPPORTED IN PART THROUGH THE COOPERATION OF THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

MINORITY AND LOW INCOME CITIZENS HAVE AN ALARMING MORTALITY RATE AS A RESULT OF LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT TREATMENT ALTERNATIVES CONCERNING THE PROBLEM AREAS LISTED ABOVE. POOR HEALTH AMONG HOOSIER CITIZENS,

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE OF LOW INCOME OR MINORITY STATUS, IS A MAJOR CONCERN OF TRI-COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA, INC.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF LOW INCOME AND MINORITY PERSONS IN THE THREE COUNTY AREA. WE SEE DETERIORATION IN THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING OF MANY POOR FAMILIES. SUBSTANDARD HOUSING, INADEQUATE HEALTH CARE AND POOR NUTRITION HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT UPON THE
LIVES OF MINORITY AND LOW INCOME CHILDREN AND ADULTS. MANY CHILDREN BORN INTO MINORITY AND LOW INCOME FAMILIES DIE WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF BIRTH. TOO MANY MINORITY AND LOW INCOME YOUTH DIE FROM HOMICIDE, SUICIDE, AND OTHER CAUSES THAT COULD BE PREVENTED OR ALLEVIATED THROUGH EDUCATION OR OTHER MEANS.

FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE COPE WITH THE ANXIETY OF STRESSFUL LIVING BY RELYING ON DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. CHRONIC DISEASES SUCH AS HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND DIABETES ALSO TAKE A HEAVY TOLL ON THE LIVES OF MANY MINORITY AND LOW INCOME PERSONS.

TRI-COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA, INC., IS AN ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION FOR THE WORKING POOR WHO IN EFFECT 'FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS' OF THE CURRENT HEALTH AND SUPPORT SYSTEM. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT QUALIFY FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE, BUT DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR EVEN LOW LEVEL MEDICAL CARE.
SUCH PEOPLE OFTEN DO NOT HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HELP THAT IS AVAILABLE IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

SERVICES PRESENTLY OFFERED BY TRI-COUNTY HEALTH COALITION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA, INC., INCLUDE:

1. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS (MONTHLY AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS) BY TRAINED NURSES.

2.TRANSPORTATION FURNISHED TO AND FROM SCREENING SITES.

3.FREE REFERRAL SERVICES TO MEDICAL CARE AND OTHER HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

4.TEEN-AGE PREGNANCY PROGRAM.

5.MOTHER'S DISCUSSION GROUP RE: PROBLEMS AMONG TEENS.

6.DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF RISK REDUCTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION MATERIALS WHICH ARE SOCIOCULTURALLY SENSITIVE.

7.DEVELOPMENT OF A MECHANISM WHICH PROMOTES COOPERATION AMONG COMMUNITY AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS.

8.HIV-AIDS-STD EDUCATION AND PREVENTION.

Please feel free to call Jesse if you should need more information at 812-944-7265.