Archivo de la categoría: VIH sida / HIV AIDS

Organización promueve la salud entre la comunidad latina

JESUS MENDEZ
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Bienestar es una organización sin fines de lucro que educa y ayuda a la comunidad latina del sur de California.
Foto: Jesús Méndez.


“Es importante recordar que el cuidado individual se refleja en la salud pública de nuestra sociedad”, dijo Víctor  Martínez,  director de relaciones de Bienestar.

Bienestar es una organización fundada en 1989 con el propósito de servir a la comunidad latina del sur de California.

Martínez, explica que el beneficio de cuidar la salud de cada persona es importante para prevenir enfermedades como el VIH, SIDA.

La organización actualmente provee el servicio de Intercambio de Jeringas el cual ayuda a las personas que usan substancias ilegales para disminuir el riesgo de contraer el SIDA o Hepatitis C.

Actualmente Bienestar cuenta con dos unidades móviles, las cuales se desplazan por diferentes áreas del condado de Los Ángeles para ayudar a aquellas personas que no cuentan con los medios para ir en persona a los centros de Bienestar.

A pesar de todos los esfuerzos que la organización hace a diario para ayudar a las personas desprotegidas , muchas de ellas no siguen las recomendaciones adecuadas para su tratamiento; lo cual hace difícil su posible recuperación.

Bienestar cuenta con ocho localidades alrededor del sur de California para servir a la comunidad. Los servicios son completamente gratuitos y confidenciales. Para más información puede visitar la página de internet en www.Bienestar.org o puede llamar al (323)727-7896.

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Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

IAN TANG
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Photo by Belen Chacon

The Homeless Health Care Los Angeles is located on 2330 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057 in a two-story building.  The HHCLA seeks to improve the overall health of the homeless directly and educationally.  According to Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, there are over 51,000 homeless in Los Angeles County.  Their services are free to this population and serve about 60 different people a day.  HHCLA has been serving this area since 1985.

HHCLA uses the Harm Reduction approach when helping people.  Each meeting contains no judgment and is aimed at increasing each person’s motivation for change in a positive way.  It is also here that every individual needs separate treatment and approaches. The HHCLA claims to have pioneered the first AIDS education program for other homeless shelters and the homeless.

Photo by Belen Chacon

Treatments and services offered are basic needs, dental, pharmaceutical, HIV, infectious disease testing and counseling, individual and group psychotherapy, drug treatment, life skills education, health education, and even peer-counseling. Children are no exception and receive full services and childcare to help nurture their development.  One of the most important services offered at HHCLA are the training and education for volunteers aiming to be homeless service providers.  They offer these for almost everything they provide for a modest fee, but free services for homeless.

The HHCLA has collaborated with other members of the community to create a recuperation facility in need of care after hospital discharges. The organization receives a lot of funding through donations and two annual fundraising events.  The Board Members put on a “Plato de Oro Dinner” and a sneak preview for the LA Auto Show. The group is always looking for more volunteers to help in the fundraising events and can be contacted on the website www.HHCLA.org.

East Los Angeles Women’s Center

JESSICA RIVERA and SOPHIA SELASSIE
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC)

1255 South Atlantic Boulevard

Los Angeles, Ca 90022

“Every woman is entitled to a peaceful, safe home and to be treated with honor, respect, and equality. Add your voice to our numbers.”

The East Los Angeles Women’s Center, is a 24-hour crisis hotline for survivors of sexual assault in Southern California, ensures that women and their families live in a place free from violence. This center assists survivors of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles. ELAWC provides direct assistance to more than 1,200 women at risk and their families, and nearly 900 pre-school age children. The organization makes this possible with the variety of programs it offers which include: the Sexual Assault, Rape and Battering program, Domestic Violence Services, Mental Health and Therapeutic Parenting Programs, HIV/AIDS prevention Services and testing, and a Promotora Program.

Through their “Promotoras en Accion” program they have trained and certified volunteers from the community to educate women on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, and domestic violence prevention.“Promotoras” empower girls and women by teaching them how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and STIs, raising awareness of domestic and sexual violence, and helping them navigate the social and health care systems said education coordinator Sandra Ibarra.They conduct culturally sensitive workshops and presentations regularly at local schools, churches, and other community forums. They focus on a variety of topics from the importance of communication with partners to self-defense tactics.

Crisis advocates are available to accompany survivors to hospitals, court dates, and police interviews. The center provides individual, group, and family counseling, and makes referrals to outside agencies when necessary.

ELAWC works with various organizations like Break the Cycle, LA Child Guidance, CHIRLA, and National Teen Helpline. ELAWC also helps veteran women who were raped, http://invisiblewarmovie.com/ , or sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers during the war in Iraq.

Domestic Violence Program:

  • Crisis intervention
  • CalWORKS Case management
  • Individual, family, and group therapy and support
  • Parenting classes
  • Independent living skills training and job readiness training
  • Transportation
  • Referral services and advocacy
  • Community awareness and prevention programs
  • Promotora Support
  • Healing Groups

Sexual Violence

  • Crisis intervention and support via a bilingual hotline available 24/7
  • 24-hour accompaniment services to local hospitals
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Court and law enforcement accompaniment and advocacy
  • Support services for children, family, and friends of survivors
  • Self-defense presentations in local high schools, community colleges, and neighborhood venues
  • Prevention services, community education, and professional training

For more information,

Call (800)585-6231, this hotline is free and confidential.

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm 9 (323) 526-5819.