Women for PASEO on the March!

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(Promoting Actions that Support Recovery through Services) a project of Vida/SIDA

Vida/SIDA has extensive experience serving people living with HIV and at highest-risk for HIV. HIV-related services include outreach, education, and distribution of harm reduction materials including condoms, counseling, testing, support groups and a variety of evidence-based prevention interventions. Vida/SIDA has also cultivated partnerships with HIV service providers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area in order to better serve clients.

 

Our goal at Women for PASEO is to help Latina’s and Black African American women and trans women, 18 years and older to reduce their risk to become HIV positive through case management services, treatment referrals and behavioral health interventions to help reduce mental health and substance abuse disparities among the population we serve.

Women need gender-specific behavioral health and other services. Gender-related drug abuse treatment needs to address biological differences and social and environmental factors. Each of these can influence the motivations for drug use and for seeking treatment, the place treatment is obtained, the treatments that are most effective, and the consequences of not receiving treatment. “Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group, which may require a specialized treatment approach.

 

Our program provides FREE services that include counseling, testing and referrals for HIV and STIs, screen for substance abuse, mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Eligible women are refer to participate in our program and services.

Recent Events and Services through the Community:

Women for PASEO has been active in the Chicago community reaching out for the women that are at high risk and do not have the means to receive health and treatment services.  In our efforts we have being visited women’s shelters such as Sarah’s Circle, AA & Substance abuse shelters, community organizations, and an intense outreach efforts through Humboldt Park Community and other areas of the City.

On May 13,2014 the staff of Women for Paseo visited Clara’s House in Englewood.   During our visit, the 15th Ward Democratic Committeeman Raymond Lopez, also visited Clara’s House and we had the opportunity to discuss the issues that affect women in this area.

On June 14, 2013 Women for Paseo participated in the 2nd Annual United Puerto Rican People’s Parade with the residents of Humboldt Park. The Women for PASEO staff marched in the parade promoting our culture, pride and our dedication to help the women in Chicago.

Women for PASEO is also providing services in the Hermosa Community, through FREE HIV/STIs testing at 4044 W. Armitage Ave. 2nd floor every Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Eligible women are referring to participate in our program.

Women participants receive referrals for substance abuse treatment and mental health services through Rincón Family Services, Health Care Alternative System (HAS), and more recently a collaboration effort with UIC Integrated Health Care, a Primary Care Clinic specialized in women services in the Humboldt Park Community.

To reduce the risk to become an HIV positive the first step is to GET TESTED, come and benefit from our services.  Walk in are always welcomed at 2620 W. Division St, Chicago or contact us for more information at 773-904-8178.