The program provides outreach, health communications/presentations, one-on-one communications, condom distribution and HIV testing and counseling along with linkage to care for those testing positive for HIV, those who have discontinued HIV care, and those interested in initiating PrEP. Additionally, this program provides an evidence-based intevention known as Community PROMISE serving young African-American men who have sex with men, which uses role modeling through transformative stories shared within the community. Finally, the PrEP program helps at-risk individuals, especially African-American men who have sex with men and transgender individuals living in or near Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, to learn about and access medical care and PrEP (a medication which, reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% when used consistently. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by more than 70% when used consistently.). The PrEP program’s Community Health Worker and Care Coordinator work closest with medical providers Provident Hospital, Heartland Health Outreach, and Howard Brown Health.
|Acronyms / Alternate Names||PrEP|
|Company||Heartland Human Care Services|
|Division||Housing and Health|
HIV counseling and testing services include HIV risk assessment, risk-reduction education, testing, and pre- and post-test counseling and health navigation. Also, HHCS offers assistance to individuals interested in obtaining PrEP. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can greatly reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.
|Languages||English, Spanish, With advanced notice, Heartland Alliance services can be provided in more than 35 different languages.,|
African-American men who have sex with men; African-American transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. At-risk individuals.
|Referral / Intake|
Be present at an event or venue where community staff are present; or, contact the program for more information.
|Appointments / Walk-ins|
Some services on-demand at events and during scheduled shifts at community venues; other services walk-in or by appointment.
|Address||400 W 76th St|
Chicago IL 60620
Varies, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
|Contact First Name||Melodie|
|Contact Last Name||Howard|
|Contact Position / Job Title||Manager, Engagement and Support Programs|