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  1. 1. Vida/SIDA Bartolo Hernández de Jesús A Project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center
  2. 2. Vida/SIDA: Rooted in the Community <ul><li>Founded in 1988 to address the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving the neighborhoods of West Town, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Belmont Cragin and Avondale </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Vida/SIDA: Prevention Projects <ul><li>Nosotros Mismos (“We Ourselves”) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-on-one outreach to gang members, providing information & resources for healthier lifestyles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vida Health Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides free and low-cost confidential HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, syphilis and pregnancy counseling & testing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Las Cimarronas Young Women’s Outreach Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach program that addresses women’s issues i.e. HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, birth control & safer sex </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unidos Contra el SIDA (“United Against AIDS”) YMSM Outreach Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer outreach for HIV/AIDS prevention that addresses the needs of MSM (men who have sex with men) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeless Youth Engagement Initiative - Casa Corazon in Partnership with la Casa Norte. This program targets homeless, Latino and LBGTQ youth at-risk for HIV infection. In collaboration with community partners, Vida/SIDA conducts street outreach through the use of a peer educator model and offers HIV prevention education and HIV CTR services. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With Me Comes A Cure Campaign- Campana: Conmigo Viene Una Cura </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This program is in partnership with the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Barrio Arts, communication and culture academy (BACCA). In collaboration with community partners, Vida/SIDA will create a community mobilization model project engaging Latino Youth in HIV/AIDS topics. The project will develop a teaching manual so other communities can learn how to harness the creativity of teens and young adults in HIV/AIDS prevention. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Vida/SIDA and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) host the opening of the exhibit of “ A Hero Comes Home” a display of the prominent editorial cartoons of Danny Sotomayor Elizabeth Millan, Marilyn Morales, Roberto Sanabria, Victor Salvo, Rick Garcia, Juan Calderon State Representative-4 th district Cynthia Soto, 26 th ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Emma Lozano, Lory Cannon and Alderman Ariel Reboyras
  5. 5. Annual Events <ul><li>International World AIDS Day </li></ul><ul><li>Paseo Boricua Pageant </li></ul><ul><li>Gay Pride </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS Run/Walk </li></ul>Vida/SIDA also:   • is a founding member of the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness – a consortium of community organizations dedicated to address the health concerns of the Puerto Rican/Latino community, • sponsors cultural performances and murals with culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention messages, • participates in the Puerto Rican festival and parade, • collaborates with universities and community colleges providing HIV testing • and hosts “What’s my T” a gay and transgender support group  
  6. 6. Vida/SIDA Advisory Board Members <ul><li>Elizabeth Millan, Chair </li></ul><ul><li>State Representative Cynthia Soto </li></ul><ul><li>State Representative Maria Toni Berrios </li></ul><ul><li>Rick Garcia </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Jaime Martinez </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Tomas Soto </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Roberto Sanabria </li></ul><ul><li>Juana Ballesteros </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Rosa </li></ul><ul><li>Marilyn Morales </li></ul><ul><li>Edward Negron </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vida/SIDA community planning groups <ul><li>State Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>-Chair, State Representative Cynthia Soto 4 th District HIV/AIDS advisory committee </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness- HIV/AIDS Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Statewide Latino HIV/STD Network </li></ul><ul><li>National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors- Adelante Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago HIV Prevention planning group </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois HIV prevention planning group </li></ul>
  8. 8. Looking ahead… <ul><li>Vida/SIDA to become the premier HIV/AIDS health center serving the Puerto Rican/Latino become the premier Puerto Rican/Latino in the Midwest with care and compassion. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 1: Build capacity to serve a greater population </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcome: Professionalize staff, ensure financial sustainability and restore & expand Vida/SIDA programs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal 2: Foster collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcome: Develop &maintain relationships with other community-based organizations and nat’l & int’l HIV/AIDS organizations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal 3: Establish a greater statewide initiative regarding GLBTQ issues </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcome: Foster stronger relationship with local & state-wide agencies that address LGBTQ issues </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 3-year Vision- 2 Grassroots Projects <ul><li>Nuestro Hogar :We are pleased to announce that the PRCC Vida/SIDA seeks to create Nuestro Hogar (Our Home), an innovative community-based response to Puerto Rican/Latino LGBTQ youth homelessnessThe PRCC will be rehabbing its building at 2703 W. Division St. in order to provide culturally relevant housing opportunities and support services to the Puerto Rican/Latino LGBTQ youth in the Humboldt Park community. While the building will continue to house Vida/SIDA, this project will allow Vida/SIDA to expand its services including those geared towards the LGBTQ population. This step-up housing program will provide a continuum of housing solutions for LGBTQ youth ages 18-21. The program would include interim and permanent housing units. </li></ul><ul><li>Business Enterprise/Business Incubator: The Business Enterprise will host women of all walks of life, predominantly targeting the Puerto Rican/Latina trans-gendered community. Vida/SIDA will house these women and provide incubators to individuals in the field of business and commerce who seek to enhance their participation in the economic structure of our community and the City of Chicago. As an innovative program we will work with the trans-gendered/women population to work with microenterprise ventures to grow and establish their businesses, as well as, work on the continual development and growth of Paseo Boricua. Vida/SIDA will provide a certification program to meet any requirements to be able to enhance their skills in these specific freelance fields: Beauty Salon, Make up artist, Nail Salon, fashion design, etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 21 Years of Vida/SIDA: Dignity, Service and Honor