We support a number of programs and projects designed to increase regional capacity for HIV prevention, education and care and explore creative solutions to community needs.
We host an AmeriCorps team that annually places 6-10 volunteers at community based agencies where they work on HIV prevention and education. In 2013-2014, team members were based at Youth Shelters and Southwest Care Center, UNM Truman Health Services, The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, NM Power program at PPNM and First Nations Community Healthsource.
We offer technical assistance in HIV programming to community based organizations around the state, specializing in projects that target under-served and marginalized communities, including Native Americans, people living along the border, migrant workers, etc.
Our Comida Buena program helps assure that People Living with HIV/AIDS in New Mexico have access to high quality nutrition. With our partners, we support food pantries in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces where clients can access foods that are nutritious and culturally appropriate. We also offer workshops on the role of nutrition in promoting health and on how to make tasty, healthy meals at a reasonable cost.
We hold an annual forum series for People Living with HIV. This program takes us around the state where we both share information about legislation and policy that affects access to care and services, and learn from community members about their evolving needs.
In collaboration with DNAWORKS, we are developing an LGBTQ youth performance project, designed to support teens in the exploration of the identities and the creation of performance pieces that discuss the issues and concerns the youth identify as most important in their lives.
In collaboration with other agencies, we work to address health disparities affecting LGBTQ people living in the state. As part of SAGE (Sex and Gender Equity) Health Project, we offer trainings on LGBTQ cultural competence and clinical issues to physicians and staff members of hospitals and medical practices.