For Immediate Release
February 11, 2014
John L. Brown, Executive Director, SD Human Dignity Foundation
Elizabeth Bustos, Director of Community Relations
THE SAN DIEGO HUMAN DIGNITY FOUNDATION HONORS THE SAN YSIDRO HEALTH CENTER’S HIV PROGRAMS
Health Center receives funding to support critical peer advocacy and emotional support programs for traditionally under served clients
San Diego, CA—On Thursday, January 23, 2014, The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation honored The San Ysidro Health Center’ CASA and Our Place Early Intervention Service (EIS) Centers HIV Programs with the presentation to its Board of Trustees of a check representing the first installment a $25,000, grant award from SDHDF’s 2014 San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. Funding for the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative is generously provided by the Sunshine Brooks Fund at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. This fund was was established by the AIDS Foundation San Diego to continue their work supporting services in San Diego County to address the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2008, this fund was transferred to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
SDHDF Board Member Mary Cruz and Janelle Hickey, SDHDF Development Associate, were on hand to present the funds that will be dedicated to support SYHC’s HIV peer advocacy and emotional support programs for clients that are traditionally under served and disenfranchised in the South Bay and Southeastern San Diego parts of the County. SDHDF is the only local foundation solely dedicated to benefiting the LGBT community. It funds programs and projects that promote equality, tolerance, health/wellness, well-being, and human dignity. It works to strengthen other LGBT organizations and their leadership. SDHDF nurtures philanthropic giving to support the LGBT community and to address important community issues.
CASA and Our Place are SYHC’s Early Intervention Service (EIS) Centers, each housing coordinated HIV services, including: Medical Case Management, Peer Support and Advocacy (Amigos de CASA/Our Place Rafiki Program), HIV counseling and testing, HIV prevention, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and a variety of other social support services (e.g. support groups, art and theater groups and women’s group). CASA and Our Place are located within one mile of SYHC’s two HIV primary care clinics: San Ysidro Health Center in the South Region and King-Chavez Health Center in the Southeastern Region.
According to SYHC’s HIV Service Manager Carolina Gonzalez-Garcia, the funding will be critical in helping to maintain CASA and Our Place services that are not supported by other grant sources, but are necessary to facilitate access to HIV services. “We are privileged to have our work recognized by SDHDF and this funding will help ensure continuity of much needed peer advocacy and emotional support to clients that are traditionally underserved and disenfranchised.Every day The Amigos de CASA and Our Place Rafikis peer advocates make a tremendous impact on the lives and health of clients served.”
Who We Are
San Ysidro Health Center is San Diego County’s second largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing a continuum of comprehensive care to over 85,000 patients annually through its service delivery network of medical clinics, dental clinics, behavioral health centers, HIV/AIDS centers, WIC nutrition centers, mobile units, school-based health centers, teen clinic, and adult day health center. SYHC’s mission statement – “to protect, promote, and improve the health and well being of our community’s traditionally underserved and culturally diverse people” – highlights the health center’s long-standing commitment to provide the highest quality, easily accessible and most respectful health services regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or economic status.For additional information please visit The San Ysidro Health Center at www.syhc.org
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996, is committed to working to improve the quality of life in San Diego’s LGBT community by promoting responsible philanthropy to enact positive social change. Visit: www.mylgbtfoundation.com or call (619) 291-3383.