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AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

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Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
2728 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 621-0766
Fax: (216) 622-7785
E-mail: epike@atfgc.org
Title: Mas Vida
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Earl Pike
Target Population: Hispanic/Latino: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly
Health Issues: HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases


The Mas Vida ("More Life") initiative, a partnership between the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC) and the HIV Unit at MetroHealth Medical Center, seeks to reduce health outcome disparities experienced by Hispanic/Latino persons living with HIV/AIDS in a six-county area of northeast Ohio. A full-time, bilingual, culturally-competent social work case manager provides services to HIV positive Latino/Hispanic clients who rarely access case management services. The Mas Vida Case Manager conducts outreach through Cleveland-area HIV testing centers, in an effort to improve HIV treatment knowledge and health self-advocacy of members of the target community. Mas Vida provides comprehensive, bilingual peer-to-peer treatment education for Hispanic/Latino peer educators, who in turn provide one-on-one treatment education to at least three additional Hispanic/Latino persons with HIV/AIDS. Peer educators go through a training program for people living with HIV/AIDS designed to increase treatment literacy and access to HIV/AIDS medical services. The Mas Vida program maintains a dedicated Spanish-language computer terminal, with Spanish-language instructions, in the ATGC library/computer lab. The dedicated terminal has set icons which link users to Spanish language Internet HIV sites. A consumer advisory committee, composed of six members of the target community who are current clients of the ATGC and MetroHealth Medical Center, provides ongoing input to, and monitors the management of, the program. All key client documents are translated into Spanish for limited-English-proficient consumers. The ATGC trains a pool of Spanish/English translators to provide free services to consumers.



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