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International AIDS Society

Engagement Tours at AIDS 2012



The Engagement Tours will provide delegates with unique learning experiences through interactive site visits to local community based organizations throughout Washington, DC. The goal is to exchange knowledge, best practices, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions through dialogue and hands-on activities.

Tours are available to conference delegates at no cost. Volunteers will guide the delegates to participating organizations via shuttle buses. To register, please send an email with your name, registration number and the tour you want to attend to . Registration is on first-come, first-serve basis. As demand for the tours is high, we cannot guarantee space for all interested delegates. Tours are limited to one tour per delegate.

The meeting point for the tours is at the entrance of the Carnegie Library, which will serve as DC Visitor’s Center for AIDS 2012 – look for the sign ‘Engagement Tours Departure and Drop-Off Point.’ Delegates who are registered to participate should assemble at the meeting point immediately following the morning plenary session. Details of the tour schedule and participating organizations are listed below.


Engagement Tour Schedule

DATE & TIME

TOUR REFERENCE & ORGANIZATION


Monday, 23 July
10:45 – 13:00

Tour A
Joseph's House

Tour B
HIPS

Tour C
The Women's Collective

Tour D
Food & Friends

Tuesday, 24 July
10:45 – 13:00

Tour E
La Clinica del Pueblo

Tour F
PIDARC

Tour G
Food & Friends

Tour H
Whitman Walker Health

Wednesday, 25 July
10:45 – 13:00

Tour I
Joseph's House

Tour J
La Clinica del Pueblo

Tour K
Food & Friends


 

Thursday, 26 July
10:45 – 13:00

Tour L
PIDARC

Tour M
Food & Friends

 

 

Friday, 27 July
10:45 – 13:00

Tour N
La Clinica del Pueblo

Tour O
The Women's Collective

Tour P
Food & Friends

 


Please note that the duration of each tour is subject to change.

For additional information, email


Participating Organizations

Joseph’s House

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Wednesday, 25 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 1730 Lanier Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Joseph’s House provides healing care for men and women dying of AIDS and cancer through physical nurturing, spiritual companionship, and the restoration of dignity. For 22 years, Joseph’s House’s medical staff and trained caregivers work to create a home and community where the values of unreserved love and unconditional forgiveness are practiced. The house includes nine beds, and welcomes about 40 people each year.


HIPS

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 2522 14th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20018


HIPS mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy life. Using a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programmes strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work.


La Clinica del Pueblo

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Wednesday, 25 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Friday, 27 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 2831 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009


La Clinica del Pueblo is a community-based health center serving Latino immigrants, providing medical, mental health, substance abuse, and patient support services as well as community outreach, education, and linkage to care. La Clinica provides a full range of culturally and linguistically competent HIV prevention and care services to immigrant Latinos, including outreach and prevention to vulnerable Latino groups, walk-in and routine HIV screening, HIV navigation, and comprehensive health services to persons living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, the Empoderate programme, is a youth-focused facility providing a safe space for sexual minority Latino young adults. The Empoderate programme and youth site provide the only gathering space for Spanish-speaking Latino gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the region, and provides outreach, education, HIV testing, groups, leadership development, health services navigation, and referrals to young Latinos.


PIDARC

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Thursday, 26 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 2112 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037


PIDARC (Partners in Drug Abuse Rehabilitation and Counseling) was founded in 1971, in response to a request from Washington DC’s Narcotic Treatment Agency, to become the only private alternative to the city’s then large network of methadone treatment programs. Today PIDARC is a comprehensive opioid treatment programme treating more than 650 patients, and employing 24 counselors, nurses, physicians and administrative support staff. Patients are mostly poor, African American and aging with 85% over the age of 45. Many have spent years in the criminal justice system and have had several prior treatment failures as well as having contracted Hepatitis C and/or HIV. Treatment focuses on helping in all relevant domains, i.e., mental and physical health, family relationships, housing, legal problems and work (when able) or useful free time activities. Referrals are made to community agencies for coordinated care. The clinic environment functions like a “therapeutic community” wherein all staff available to help at any time, not just the primary counselor. Specialized groups are provided for women who have experienced abuse, for patients struggling with alcohol or cocaine, for mentally ill patients and for patients who continually do poorly, in a “harm reduction group”. An effective and well received “patient grievance” system allows patients to have administrative decisions that affect their status to be reviewed by the staff.


The Women’s Collective

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Wednesday, 25 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Friday, 27 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 1331 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20018


The mission of The Women’s Collective (TWC) is to meet the self-defined needs of women, girls and their families living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS, reducing barriers to care and strengthening their network of support and services. As a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization led by women with HIV and their allies/advocates, TWC works to fulfill its mission by:
  • Providing services that are peer-led, woman- and girl-focused, family-centered, and culturally appropriate.
  • Providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for all women, girls and families.
  • Providing a voice for women, girls and their families who are living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS through advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Creating partnerships among service providers, governmental, non-governmental and private entities.

Food & Friends

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Tuesday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Wednesday, 25 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Thursday, 26 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Friday, 27 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 219 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, DC 20011


Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends' staff of professional chefs and registered dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of their clients. These confidential services are free of charge to individuals, their families and caregivers living throughout Washington, DC, 7 counties of Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities of Virginia. The service area encompasses more than 5,300 square miles. Six days a week, 52 weeks a year, Food & Friends prepares, packages and delivers meals to those in need. Since our founding in 1988, Food & Friends has provided more than 15 million meals to more than 22,000 individuals. This year alone, more than 1.2 million meals will be delivered to 2,800 children and adults. To learn more about Food & Friends, please visit www.foodandfriends.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/foodandfriends) or Twitter (@foodandfriends).


Whitman Walker Health

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
 
Location: 1701 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Whitman-Walker Health is a DC community health center that specializes in health care for the LGBT community and those living with HIV. For more than 30 years, Whitman-Walker has provided a safe space for high quality and affirming health care for communities that have been largely underserved in health care. For the thousands of patients who come through our doors each year, Whitman-Walker is a gateway to a healthier and happier life. And no one is turned away because they cannot pay for care.