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EDUCATING PEOPLE AT RISK (EPAR)

The goal of the EPAR Project is to identify African-American, Latino and other people of color with HIV who are not in care, assess and address their barriers to care with specific interventions, and facilitate immediate access to medical care and psychosocial services. Program activities include: 1) intensive street outreach in areas where substance users and commercial sex workers congregate; 2) HIV counseling and testing; 3) referrals to medical care, substance use treatment, food pantries, shelters and community-based organizations; 4) follow-up and tracking of health care referrals; and 5) presentations on treatment education at community-based organizations. Integrated into the project is a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation component under the leadership of the Office of Special Populations of The New York Academy of Medicine. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess clients' barriers to care and measure the effectiveness of the CBC funded programs. Funding for this program is provided by the Minority AIDS Initiative/Ryan White Part A ) through Public Health Solutions.

Contact Person for EPAR:

Carolyn Ferdinand, MS
Project Director
Phone: (718) 270-3897
Fax: (718) 270-2440
E-mail: carolyn.ferdinand@downstate.edu