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The Crossroads Center

The Crossroads Center

311 Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Phone: (513) 475-5300
Fax: (513) 281-1645
Title: Family Wellness Center
Project Director: Lowrie Turner
Target Population: Black/African American
Health Issues: Diabetes, HIV/AIDS
Age Group: Adolescents, Adults

The Family Wellness Center project seeks to improve the health status relative to diabetes and HIV/AIDS of African Americans in Hamilton County, Ohio through improved access to treatment and enhanced coordination of resources designed to meet diverse needs. The Crossroads Center is the lead agency in the project and works in collaboration with the Cincinnati Health Department and 4 CHARIS to: reduce high-risk behaviors; increase adoption of health promoting behaviors within the target community; connect those in need to a continuum of care; and increase utilization of existing health services by members of the target community.

Project activities include active outreach (conducted by project staff recruited from the target community) at laundry marts, hair salons, shelters, and neighborhood meetings. The outreach worker distributes health promotional materials and provides pre-testing and pre-treatment service for individuals at -risk for, or living with HIV/AIDS. Screening, pre-testing counseling, testing, and post-test counseling are provided for all persons referred to the project. 4 CHARIS conducts client-driven screening and pre-testing counseling to help clients determine their HIV status. The Cincinnati Health Department tests for diabetes. The project conducts an 8-week risk reduction program for female adults and a 10-week program for males and females. Each is designed to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and knowledge, improve attitudes and skills, and reduce negative behavior. An 8-session program designed for youth, 10-13 years old, is implemented to promote abstinence, delay sexual involvement and to reduce risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS and STDs. For adolescents, 12-18 years old, a five-hour curriculum entitled Be Proud! Be Responsible! is taught each month to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and knowledge, improve decision-making skills, and improve negotiation and refusal skills. The Reach One Teach One component of the project provides an intensive lifestyle intervention in an effort to reduce the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes among participants. Counseling, exercise, screening for diabetes complications, and on-going awareness and education activities are provide for those participants identified as having diabetes. Case management services are provided to HIV-infected and diabetic individuals to ensure that all of their needs are met in a coordinated manner, and that there are no gaps in or duplication of services provided to program participants.

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