The HOPWA program was established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific needs of low income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA is a "needs-based" program, therefore clients must provide verifiable documents of their inability to make their monthly housing payments.
The City of Orlando is the grantee for the Orlando Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) which includes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The City contracts with various agencies throughout the EMSA to provide HOPWA services to eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
If you or a member of your family is having difficulty maintaining housing due to HIV/AIDS, HOPWA may be able to help.
Due to the fact that we will be receiving many inquiries for our services, it is important that the proper linkage is established between the clients and the services. Referral & Linkage will allow us to refer and provide clients with the right services that are tailored to their needs.
- Five small grouip sessions with men and women with HIV/AIDS
- Seperate sessions for men and women in English and Creole
- Make healthier decisions
- Discuss disclosure of status to family, friends and sex partners.
Did you know that tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States?
Every 8 seconds, someone in the world loses their life from tobacco related illnesses or disease.
In fact, on average, persons who smoke die nearly 7 years earlier than non-smokers. What is most
surprising about tobacco use is the fact that 90% of adults who smoke became addicted to tobacco by
the time they were 18 years old. The average age of tobacco initiation in this country is 11 years old.
Non smokers who are exposed to tobacco smoke are also at risk for illness and disease. For every 8
smokers that die due to tobacco, one non-smoker also dies. The effects of second hand smoke are
harmful, especially to children who cannot control their environment. Children who breathe in second-
hand smoke have more severe asthma attacks.
The Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, Inc. has a comprehensive program design to
educate the community about the harmful effects of tobacco use and help people find resources they need
to quit smoking if desired. As part of the "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" initiative funded by the
CDC, and in collaboration with the Orange County Health Department, the Tobacco Cessation Project
aims to impact tobacco use and exposure among Orange County residents through implementation of an
evidence-based intervention, Ask, Advise, Refer (C) (AAR). CMWP's Team members will deliver AAR
training to a minimum of 500 health care providers who will implement the intervention with patients. AAR
facilities patients' access to tobacco cessation resources including Florida Quitline.
For more information, call CMWP's Tobacco Cessation Project at 407 648-9440 ext 17.
This program provides educational information on colorectal and breast cancer. It also stresses the importance of early screenings, healthy eating habits and the choice of active lifestyle versus sedentary lifestyle
Due to the diverse nature of our communities and the population we serve, the research and evaluation department will play an important role in initially providing management the necessary data on health issues in order to make intelligent decisions on program implementation. Instead of initiating an evaluation process at the end of the programs, we will evaluate communities and populations before the any program starts. We will also conduct intensive research of each population we serve and develop logical rationale as to what programs and services would be best suited to these populations. The R&E department will also write and publish peer review articles, in addition to grant writing. Documenting and understanding demographic nuances and changes will help us in our intervention.
The R&E department will focus on the following:
This project promotes healthy behavior through public awareness campaigns via radio, community outreach, health fairs, a walking club, screenings and educational sessions. Closing the Gap in 2009 funded the Walking Club.
As studies indicate, African-Americans, especially women, face the highest risk of death from heart disease and stroke, but they have the lowest risk factor awareness of any racial or ethnic group. The Heart and Soul Project was launched in 2003 with the goal to increase awareness and reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease risk factors African Americans, Haitians and other Blacks from the Caribbean Island Islands age 20 and above.
Through a variety of targeted outreach strategies and culturally sensitive educational activities, we aim to increase the proportion of adults who are aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack and the importance of calling 911; are at a healthy weight; and engage regularly (preferably daily) in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
Health Education and Risk Reduction will provide our clients with services that allow them to make the necessary adjustments in their lifestyle in order to improve their health. While clients will be provided with the proper services to improve their health situation, they will also be exposed to services (education and mentorship) that will reduce their risk of increased morbidity.
The Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention Inc. [CMWP] will implement the Nyela - Leading Ladies Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Families: An HIV/AIDS Awareness Project consisting of an adaptation of SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS), a CDC diffusion of evidence based intervention [DEBI]) and HIV Counseling, Testing and Referrals (CTR) programs targeting African American females, ages 14-80 in both Orange and Lake Counties Florida. The project will address gender specific needs for HIV/AIDS awareness, education, counseling, testing, referral and linkage services for the target population. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts African American women in Florida. One in ninety-eight [1 in 98] African American women in Florida is infected with HIV/AIDS. This is a staggering number considering the impact of infection is far less in both Hispanic women at 1 in 375 and White women at 1 in 1,057. In Central Florida [Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties], African Americans account for 43.5% of the AIDS incidence and 42.8% of the HIV prevalence while representing only 16% of the total population. Orange County is urban and the epicenter of HIV/AIDS infection with the highest number of cases. Lake County is rural with few HIV/AIDS resources.
The project will partner with at least 40 churches in Orange and Lake Counties by providing them with train the trainers gender specific HIV/AIDS/STD training; and they will be equipped to implement HIV awareness component into their health ministry. On an annual basis the project will ensure at least 240 women will participate in the gender specific prevention education group sessions, 260 women and their sexual partners with be tested for HIV, and 500 women will receive HIV/AIDS education through a combination of gender specific multi-session and group prevention education.
This project addresses the HIV/AIDS strategy for the United States objectives:
· Reducing new HIV infections;
· increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for People Living with HIV;
· reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities;
· achieving a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic.