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Options: A Benefits Training Foundation

HIV/AIDS Health Promotion an Education
Cooperative Agreement Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Options: A Benefits Training Foundation
26 O'Farrell Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94108

Phone: (415) 398-2170
Fax: (415) 398-2179

Title: Understanding Access to HIV/AIDS Healthcare and Health Coverage in Minority Communities
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Daniel E. Fortuno
scope="row"Target Population:

African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

Health Issues: HIV/AIDS

This goal of this project is to improve HIV/AIDS patients knowledge on how best to access healthcare for hardly reached and at-risk minority populations. Options works with service providers and individual clients from community-based, minority serving HIV/AIDS service agencies to increase their understanding of and enhance their skills in improving access to care through improved benefits coverage. Specifically, Options collaborates with linkage organizations in four targeted geographical areas: Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, Waimea, HI, Minority AIDS Project and Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Los Angeles, CA, Navajo AIDS Network, Gallup, NM, and Bayou Teche Community Network, Franklin, LA. Annually, in each of these four regions, the project conducts a needs assessment to determine problem areas for agencies in assisting clients in accessing the full range of available health coverage; a two-day training for service providers; a one-evening training for clients; and continuing education in three quarterly one-hour conference calls for service providers. The training sessions focus on how to research and combine public and private health and welfare benefits in order to provide the highest level of Coverage for HIV/AIDS patients at every stage of disability. Income Coverage, Health Coverage, Benefit Protections, and HIV/AIDS Benefits Programs are among the specific topic covered in the training sessions, and in training manuals developed for and tailored to each region of service delivery. The materials explain the relationships between income benefits and health care coverage, public and private coverage, and how to combine various kinds of coverage to promote better health. Training provided to service providers and individual clients is also designed to enable them to develop a “trainer” level of information and skills, and qualify them to train others in benefits counseling for individuals with disabilities (Train the Trainers).

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