Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) will implement a prevention navigator program for ethnic minorities, ages 13 and older, at high risk for HIV infection and their families in Arizona's Maricopa County. CPLC proposes to outreach and serve all racial ethnic minorities, with an emphasis on engaging the Latinx population, individuals identifying as LGBTQ, uninsured high-risk individuals, and/or individuals experiencing homelessness.
CPLC will provide PrEP/PEP navigation services, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and referral services for individuals at high risk of HIV infection and/or individuals living with HIV for 875 individuals (including youth) and their families over a 5-year period.
CPLC will utilize a coordinated approach to implementing required program activities which will include but are not limited to: outreach services, public messaging and awareness campaigns, PrEP/PEP navigation services, HIV/Viral Hepatitis testing, prevention education, SUD treatment, coordinated referral system with project partners, and SUD treatment and healthcare provider education/training. Most of these services will be available in one central location: CPLC’s Maryvale Community Center, 6850 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85033. CPLC uses clinic-based, community-based, and home-based HIV testing. The proposed program will provide grassroots empowerment for individuals living with HIV through the Promotora model. A grass root model of promoting healthy behaviors and effecting social determinants in a cultural and linguistically competent manner. Promotora PrEP/PEP Navigators are engaged residents of their communities with knowledge and sensitivity to the target population and region.
The CPLC Prevention Navigator program has the following goals and objectives: Goal 1) Increase education and prevention services for HIV and substance misuse to healthcare providers and to traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations within Maricopa County. Objective A: At least 90% of clients assessed and found at risk for HIV infection will be linked to PrEP/PEP Navigation services. Objective B: At least 90% of clients assessed and found at risk for substance misuse will be linked to CPLC, evidence-based, substance use interventions. Objective C: Train 24 SUD treatment and/or healthcare providers annually on the importance of substance use and HIV screening for individuals at risk and/or are currently living with HIV. Goal 2) Increase access to substance use intervention, PrEP navigation, and/or HIV services to the traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations within Maricopa County. Objective A: At least 85% of services and outreach activities will be within the program-designated zip codes. Objective B: At least 40 uninsured clients will be connected to initial PrEP/PEP healthcare navigation services annually. Objective C: At least 90% of PrEP/PEP Navigation clients will undergo an individualized assessment to identify current clinical presentation. Goal 3) Focus on client retention to improve clients’ outcomes of remaining HIV negative and/or obtaining a substance use disorder within Maricopa County. Objective A: At least 60% of clients will be retained in PrEP/PEP navigation services by 6-month follow-up. Objective B: At least 60% of eligible clients will successfully complete their individualized substance use interventions provided by CPLC.
CPLC has established a network of community collaborators and stakeholders supporting the Prevention Navigator program.
The CPLC Research and Evaluation Department will ensure fidelity evidence-based program protocols for successful process and outcome evaluation.