by Anthony DeJesús, Integrated Paseo, PRCC
United and undivided is what is necessary for minority communities to prosper, flourish, and succeed. There are many afflictions that affect minority communities in this day and age. The prevalence of theHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one, substance abuse another, and the lack of hope for a better future. There are programs that exist for the purpose of helping individuals overcome these adversities. Integrated PASEO, A Puerto Rican Cultural Center program, is such a program. Integrated PASEO visited Rincon Family Services to provide free HIV and Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) screening, testing, and referrals for treatment as well as prevention, education, and care services. The Integrated PASEO program collaborates with many communities and organizations to increase awareness and provide services.
Another collaboration, in which Integrated PASEO participates, is with the Garfield Park Community Center on weekdays, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Through this collaboration, individuals can receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.
Integrated PASEO is housed at Norwegian American Hospital. Every weekday, Monday through Fridayat anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for HIV, HCV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are allowed to participate in the FREE “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program.