HIV Department

RYAN WHITE CARE SERVICES 

GBAPP has expanded its activities and is the fiduciary, contractor, and lead agency for the Bridgeport Primary Care Consortium for Ryan White Title I funding. In this role, GBAPP subcontracts with  five local health and social services agencies in Bridgeport to provide a seamless network of care to persons of all ages living with HIV/AIDS. GBAPP’s partners in the Bridgeport Primary Care Consortium are Optimus Health Care, Inc., Life Bridge Community Services, Liberation Programs, Inc., Regional Network of Programs and Southwest Community Health Center.

The Women’s and Men’s Health Project (WMHP) provides a continuum of care for marginalized women, men, and adolescents infected with HIV/AIDS. Case managers seek out women, men, and adolescents in the community and offer them a variety of services such as HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, treatment, primary health care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and case management. The WMHP office is also located at 1470 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. GBAPP is also the fiduciary, contractor, and lead agency for the Bridgeport Primary Care Consortium for Ryan White Title I funding. In this role, GBAPP subcontracts with 5 local health and social service agencies in Bridgeport to provide a seamless network of care to persons of all ages living with HIV/AIDS.

KYS (Know Your Status)

The purpose of the KYS program is to implement substance abuse and HIV evidence-based practice (EBP) to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse and HIV transmission in Bridgeport.  The program focuses on helping at-risk racial/ethnic minority young adults 18-24, as determined through needs assessment. 

Project SOAR

Project SOAR, an initiative of Recovery Network of Programs (RNP) and GBAPP, are partnering to address the increasing rates of HIV/AIDS and substance use. We strive to equip faith leaders with ways to engage their congregation in conversations around HIV/AIDS, education, and testing. This program is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration 

WILLOW

GBAPP’s Willow for Women Project is a social-skills building and educational intervention for adult women living with HIV. It consists of 4 four-hour sessions which are delivered by two training adult female facilitators, one of whom is a woman living with HIV. The small group sessions consist of 8-10 women living with HIV and are conducted in a community-based setting. Willow emphasizes gender pride, informs women by identifying and maintaining supportive social networks, teaches coping strategies to reduce life stressors, enhances aware of STI transmission and HIV risk behaviors, teaches communication skills for negotiating safer sex, reinforces proper and consistent condom use, distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and defines types of abusive relationships and their effect on a women’s ability to negotiate safer sex practices. This program is funded by the State of CT Department of Health AIDS Program 

OTL (Outreach, Testing, Linkage)

OTL engages in the following activities: 1) Conduct community and online outreach in order to engage members of the priority population (heterosexual, African-American males ages 18+), disseminate HIV prevention information, raise HIV/AIDS awareness, and promote and offer HIV testing. 2) For those who are infected with HIV, establish a linkage into HIV medical care systems. 3) Make appropriate referrals to medical, social, and prevention services. 4) Integrate targeted condom distribution activities into the program.  5) Link patients to PrEP, including navigating insurance and other payment systems, linkage to a PrEP medical provider, and support with obtaining and adhering to PrEP. This program is funded by the State of CT Department of Health AIDS Program 

Drug User Health Program

The Drug User Health Program serves to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV, viral hepatitis, blood-borne infections contracted via drug injection and overdose. We help residents through syringe exchange services in order to remove used injection devices from circulation and improper disposal. The program also provides harm reduction education, overdose prevention education, testing for HIV and HCV, and referrals to health care,  drug treatment, and counseling. This program is funded by the State of CT Department of Health AIDS Program 

Healthy Love Project

Healthy Love is an interactive conversation using group-level intervention designed For African American women 18+. This intervention will be effective in increasing healthy sexual behaviors and HIV testing among heterosexual black women, and will reduce risk behaviors through healthy sex education. Female facilitators deliver the intervention and prevention measures to groups of women ranging from 4-15 participants in an informal setting. This program is funded by the State of CT Department of Health AIDS Program 

Drug Free Community/Bridgeport United Coalition

GBAPP serves as the fiduciary and also provides leadership and infrastructure to the Bridgeport United Coalition, a Drug-Free Communities funded initiative that advises local substance-abuse, youth prevention programs. This program is funded by the Center for Disease, Prevention and Control

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