Current Programs and Activities

In 2009, the agency program and service activities were provided to 6,017 individuals. These activities were conducted in line with our mission to provide HIV outreach (4,169 at risk individuals), Education (1,517 at risk individuals) and services (331 people living with HIV/AIDS). Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) - The EHDI program has operated at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Medicine Walk-In Clinic since 2002. This program has two distinct components; HIV/STI Counseling, Testing & Referral Services and HIV Prevention Outreach and Education in African American and African Immigrant communities. HIV/STI clinical services were provided to 821 individual’s, outreach and education services were provided to 789 African American and 359 African Immigrants.

HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referrals (CTR) - Participants receive pre/post-test counseling and referral services, as appropriate, regardless of diagnosis. Services are provided to individuals by appointment at AAATF and are offered to individuals following HIV Health Education Presentations. 169 individuals utilized this service.

HIV Care Outreach- This program is designed to identify HIV positive individuals who are out of care and work to get them in/back into care, thereby increasing the number of persons living with HIV/AIDS who are consistently accessing HIV health and social services. 160 individuals received multiple units of this service

Medical Case Management – Links clients to health care, mental health care services, and other services that ensure timely and coordinated access to medically appropriate levels of health and support services. AAATF also provides ongoing assessments of client needs; including making sure that those individuals has a personal support system. Clients are assigned a Medical Case Manager who partners with clients to create a care coordination plan; sets goals, assists with removal of barriers to care, provides needed resources and support systems, and tracks client progress. 84 individuals received multiple units of this service.

Mental Health Access Services - Provides an entry point to the larger continuum of mental health services through provision of recognizing behaviors that indicate a need for evaluation, completion of mental health screenings, and staff consultation with a licensed mental health clinician, with referrals as appropriate for more intensive mental health services. Case Managers follow-up and assess the outcome of referrals to mental health services as well as follow-up on on-going group HIV counseling and support. 46 individuals received multiple units of this service.

HIV Outreach and Education - AAATF staff work with inmates and newly released individuals who are HIV positive or at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Within the correctional facility setting, program staff conduct, HIV testing, provide HIV education and work with inmates to establish transitional plans that will ensure access to HIV Medical Case Management and HIV Primary care upon release. Activities among newly released individuals are conducted at half-way houses, transitional housing programs, treatment centers and other entry points like, “felons for felons.” 1,517 individuals received this service.

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) - This program provides access into the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Program for clients. The program covers costs associated with dental, nutritional, and mental health assistance for uninsured individuals. 16 "new" individuals received multiple units of this service.

Prevention Outreach Services - Outreach services are conducted where there is a high probability of reaching at-risk populations. Staff conduct HIV testing, and distribute condoms, sexual responsibility kits and safer sex materials. This service was provided to 4,000 individuals in 76 venues.

Transportation - This service is available to all eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS who enroll as clients with AAATF. Eligible individuals are: low income (at or below 300% of the federal poverty level), living with HIV/AIDS disease, who reside in the transitional grant area which includes: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties in Minnesota and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. 125 individuals received multiple units of this service.