La Clínica del Pueblo recognizes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
Washington, DC, October 14, 2014 –This Wednesday, October 15th,marks the eleventh anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The 2014 theme for NLAAD is “To End AIDS, Commit to ACT” or “Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.”
La Clínica del Pueblo will be marking the day with community wide testing, education, and condom distribution, working in partnership with El Zol 107.9, Whitman Walker Health, and the Washington AIDS Partnership AmeriCorp program.
Activities will take place at the Rhode Island Home Depot, 14th Street and Park Road, La Clínica’s ¡Empodérate! Youth Center, and at its main site on 2831 15th St NW.
According to the most recent epidemiological report from the District of Columbia (2013), Latinos make up 6.2% of the all the known living HIV cases, with Latino MSM making up the largest group of both Latino living HIV cases and Latino newly diagnoses cases. Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected, with high rates of late diagnosis and late entry to care.
While the 2013 Surveillance report indicates a slight decrease from 2008 to 2012 in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed within one year or less from HIV diagnosis, Latinos remain the largest racial/ethnic group represented in this category. Fifty-five percent (55%) of AIDS cases among Hispanics in 2012 were diagnosed within one year of diagnosis, compared to 43.8% overall.
For more than 25 years, La Clínica has been a leader in HIV prevention, care and advocacy for the Latino community. The primary target population of La Clínica’s HIV program is monolingual Spanish-speaking Latino men and women who are often uninsured or underinsured, underserved, and unfamiliar with the US Healthcare system.
Additional barriers that impede the successful HIV treatment of Latino individuals include prevalence of HIV in groups that have been marginalized and stigmatized; language ability, culture, immigration status, and isolation; and limited culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV care and prevention services across the metropolitan region.
In 2014, La Clínica was selected for award under the Special Project of National Significance initiative HRSA-14-055, System-level Workforce Capacity Building for Integrating HIV Primary Care in Community Healthcare Settings.
This initiative will study various practice transformation models supporting the integration of HIV services in community health centers across the country.
The Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program is charged with the development of innovative models of HIV treatment, to respond to emerging needs of clients living with HIV and AIDS served by Ryan White programs. SPNS is a program of the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services.