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"The first step to preventing the continued disproportionate spread of AIDS in the Latino community to ensure each individual knows their HIV status," said DHSS Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. at a press conference at grant recipient El Club del Barrio in
The six agencies receiving $100,000 grants are: El Club del Barrio; Horizon Health in Jersey City; PROCEED in Elizabeth; the Hispanic Family Center in Camden; the Spanish Community Center in Atlantic City; and the City of Trenton.
Each grant will be used to hire bi-lingual part-time community health workers called Promotores, or promoters. These professionals are trained to do intensive outreach, and will work during evening and weekend hours in neighborhood locations such as houses of faith, malls and other community locations to identify people at risk who have not yet learned their HIV status.
The Promotores will then act as advocates, helping individuals find a clinic providing the Rapid HIV test, navigate the health care system, ensure medications are purchased and taken, and provide information on safer sex and healthier lifestyles.
With these Promotores in the neighborhood who speaks Spanish, high-risk individuals may be more likely to listen to a prevention message, get tested and begin reducing at-risk behaviors. As a result they will be able to take actions necessary to living longer, healthier lives and not transmit the disease to others.
The grants are part of the Latino IMPACT Initiative, a major project of the DHSS Division of HIV/AIDS Services in cooperation with community organizations to address the disproportionate rate of HIV/AIDS in
Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in
Earlier this year, the DHSS began a campaign to increase awareness of Rapid HIV tests among African American and
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