The Community Engagement Model
Community Engagement involves three distinct entities working together to create integrated transformative approaches to identify, link and treat HIV infected citizens in our communities. The positive impact of these functioning elements will yield countless projects that demonstrate the role of HIV experts, and governmental agencies (federal/state/ local) partnering with the community, both public and private, to address and end the HIV epidemic.
In a 2010 speech, President Obama stated, "The actions we now take will build upon a legacy of global leadership, national commitment and sustained efforts on the part of Americans from all parts of the country and all walks of life." Through our approach, the JACQUES Initiative is engaging the broader community and will continue to play a significant role in accomplishing the goals of our National HIV and AIDS Strategy (NHAS).
How do we engage the community in our work?
Through community partnerships, the JACQUES Initiative (JI) has provided HIV Outreach Services to thousands of people in Baltimore since 2009. The organizations offering these services have become the cornerstone of our important work. Many of these partners are faith-based organizations providing access to their facility or the local community, such as Helping Up Mission, or volunteers from organizations such as HopeSprings, who train up people to work with individuals affected or infected with HIV. Other organizations such as local and national businesses, like. Walgreens have also become valued partners, allowing us to use their facilities to provide much needed health services to the local community.
How to get involved
We engage and mobilize the community to address the HIV epidemic in Baltimore. Find out more about our work and how you can be involved:
The JACQUES Initiative Outreach Program relies heavily on the use of volunteers. Anyone can participate as long as they fill out an application, agree to our values and complete the required training.
The JACQUES Initiative Outreach Program aims to identify and engage individuals and communities impacted by HIV through a holistic and collaborative approach. We endeavor to ensure that each individual encountered will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of creed, race, lifestyle, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Volunteer roles include, but are not restricted to, HIV testing, education, intake paperwork, distribution of fliers, providing psychosocial and spiritual support.
Health and Service Delivery Workforce
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