Aunt Rita’s Foundation fundraises on behalf of partner agencies in Arizona that are providing critical HIV services to those living with, and at-risk for, HIV and AIDS. Aunt Rita’s partner agencies offer services such as HIV testing, treatment, and prevention, housing, substance use counseling, behavioral health, harm reduction, and more. Each year, Aunt Rita’s Foundation picks partner agencies through an application process that ensures funds are reaching the people who are most in need of assistance. In addition to supporting our partner agencies, Aunt Rita’s has provided grant funding to rural HIV organizations and special projects throughout Arizona. Aunt Rita’s Foundation has provided more than $2,100,000 in grant funding in support of critical HIV programs throughout Arizona.
Bill Holt Clinic
The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic in the state of Arizona, providing comprehensive care for children and adolescents exposed to or infected with HIV. The clinic, founded in 1994, is a multidisciplinary program providing family-centered care. A team of specialists works together at the visits to provide specialized medical care, nutritional support, child life services, and psychosocial support. The team works together with families to maximize the health of children/adolescents affected by or infected with HIV. The clinic provides testing of exposed infants, children, and adolescents.
Chicanos Por La Causa
L.U.C.E.S Program provides HIV supportive services in English and Spanish to hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS. It also provides HIV prevention and education, condom distribution, and resources to thousands of at-risk Latinos in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. The services offered include; Medical Case Management, Supportive Case Management, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Psychosocial Support, Prep and Pep Navigation, and free HIV testing and distribution through Alere Determine 4th generation HIV Test or the OraQuick Home HIV Test.
Ebony House, Inc. is an Arizona based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been providing behavioral health services for more than 45 years. We are dedicated to helping restore adults, children, and families from all race and ethnic backgrounds in their triumph over substance abuse, behavioral challenges, HIV/AIDS, child abuse and preservation of the family through our integrated health programming. Ebony House is also home to our newly minted Integrated Health Clinic, providing a full range of medical services to any and all underserved populations.
HEAL International is a nonprofit that provides health education and health-related support to vulnerable communities. At the heart of HEAL’s programs are young public health leaders who are trained to empower others in their sexual health and to encourage prevention of HIV and STIs. HEAL International’s Arizona programs include empowerment for sex-trafficked youth in Arizona safe houses, training for individuals on how to facilitate sexual health conversations, and outreach for HIV testing. HEAL’s programs also extend to Tanzania, East Africa, where free HIV testing is offered, adolescent girls are taught about their bodies and reproductive health, teachers and students engage in training to run their own health projects, and students of all ages learn about HIV testing and prevention.
Shot In The Dark
Shot in the Dark is Phoenix’s own radical harm reduction collective and syringe access program. Our mission is to bring solidarity and health equity to the marginalized populations of drug users and sex workers in Maricopa County through framework of harm reduction and evidence-based education. We wish to expand our syringe access program to reach more participants and strengthen our effectiveness in preventing the spread of IV infection. We will continue to reduce the amount of opioid-related deaths by maintaining THE lowest barrier access to the life-saving overdose reversal drug Naloxone. We strive to bring compassion to the stigmatized of our community by showing them that their health does matter.
CAN Community Health
CAN Community Health currently provides free and confidential health screenings which include a glucose test, blood pressure check, and a rapid HIV test with results same day. These screenings can be completed via walk-in appointments in person at our clinic located at 4350 N. 19th Ave #2, Phoenix, AZ 85015 or during our various mobile unit outreaches statewide.
CAN provides HIV Rapid Start services for those who are newly diagnosed and Re-Integration Treatment for those who are looking to re-enter HIV medical care. CAN has dedicated Patient Care Coordinators for people living with HIV that assist with linkage to Ryan White Central Eligibility as well as assess and monitor pre-existing social determinants of health needs. In addition, CAN’s statewide TelePrEP program consists of an interdisciplinary internal PrEP navigation system, including PrEP medical care via its internal Providers through both in person and tele-health modalities and via our partner provider, Pueblo Family Physicians. CAN is able to assist any patient, either uninsured or insured, for all of these medical services. CAN has a statewide TeleTesting program whereby any Arizona resident can go online and order a free Home HIV Testing kit to be delivered to their home, https://canhivtest.org/
McDowell Healthcare Center
Founded over 20 years ago, the McDowell Healthcare Center, owned and operated by Valleywise (formerly MIHS), is an HIV specialty clinic and the largest provider of comprehensive and coordinated HIV-related medical care for adults in Maricopa County. One in every 5 people living with HIV/AIDS in Maricopa County choose to receive all or part of their healthcare at Valleywise Community Health Center – McDowell. Services include RAPID Start, Primary Care, Dental, Lab and Behavioral Health. Behavioral health services include psychiatric services and mental health counseling with concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Oral health services are provided by a staff of dental professionals with decades of combined experience providing dental care to HIV-positive people. In addition to services for PLWHA, McDowell provides services for Hep C, Transgender Care, PrEP and PrEP Navigation. HIV Home Test Kits are now available for delivery through Valleywise website. All McDowell services are offered on-site to provide for ease in coordinating appointments. Ably led by Medical Director Dr. Ann Khalsa, the McDowell Healthcare Center continues a 20 year tradition of providing cutting edge comprehensive healthcare in a compassionate and understanding atmosphere. The services offered at the Valleywise Community Health Center-McDowell are supported by the Valleywise Foundation.
Founded in 1993, one•n•ten is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth & young adults ages 11-24. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices. At one•n•ten, we envision a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead. Our vibrant Youth Center in the heart of the Roosevelt District in downtown Phoenix, along with our satellite locations in Flagstaff, Glendale, Mesa, Prescott, Scottsdale, and Queen Creek offering a safe space for youth and young adults to access housing & homelessness services, obtain life skills, education & workforce readiness, health & wellness services, and learn leadership development & community-building tools for success. one•n•ten regularly participates in the annual AIDS Walk and we believe in supporting the mission of Aunt Rita’s Foundation through our sexual health education & testing services offered at all of our locations in Maricopa County.
HIV Care Directions
HIV Care Directions provides case management and other supportive services to help individuals living with HIV connect to medical care, medications and other services to help them live a long and health life. Case Managers meet with clients to complete an assessment of their needs, build a care plan of goals to work on, make referrals for services and then follow-up with clients on a regular basis to ensure that their needs are being met. In addition to case management, Care Directions provides early intervention services for individuals who are newly diagnosed, transportation services, financial assistance for medical deductibles and co-pays, and housing coordination and advocacy. Care Directions manages the Ryan White Part A Central Eligibility Office which assists clients to apply for and renew eligibility for Ryan White Part A services. Beyond providing care services for people living with HIV, Care Directions also provides PrEP/PEP Navigation Services to assist individuals who are not living with HIV to prevent acquiring HIV.
The Terros Health HIV/STI Prevention team’s goal is to provide excellent and stigma-free testing and support services to all members of the community. We provide community outreach and education centered on HIV/STIs, (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infections), substance use, and harm reduction. All services are free, and all are welcome. Connecting patients who test positive to treatment services is a vital aspect of our prevention work. Know for sure. Get tested. Schedule a FREE HIV or STI test today with our professional, knowledgeable prevention team.
Our Services include: HIV/STI Education · Free HIV/HCV/STI testing · Resources & Care Coordination · The Morning Program (a community program for homeless and near homeless individuals) · The DREAMS Project (An Intervention project for MSMS’s of Color) · The Ryan White Early Intervention Program · The Turning the Tide Program (Providing services to MSM’s of Color and Trans Community members). For additional information, please call (602) 685-6086 or visit our website at www.terroshealth.org/hiv-sti-services/
Southwest Behavioral Health Services
Southwest Behavioral Health Services Operates and manages five distinct housing programs within the Phoenix metropolitan area for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Housing for folks with HIV/AIDS has long been viewed as a form of health care. Persons living with HIV/AIDS on the streets, homeless or in places unfit for habitation fair much worse than people who are housed. Improved housing stability relates to reduced HIV risk and improved access to medical care according to the National AIDS Housing Coalition. SBH offers two types of what are referred to as permanent living settings, two settings as well for a transitional housing model and a financial assistance service for individuals and families who may be facing homelessness and can avoid eviction through help with either rent, mortgage or utility bills. There are over 80 units of housing, some of them are apartments, some condos and some are houses with a homelike environment for 4-5 persons. Through the emergency assistance effort 300-400 individuals and families are helped each year to remain housed.
Southwest Center is an integrated healthcare clinic in downtown Phoenix. We are leaders in providing quality prevention, education, medical care, and supportive services to the community, with specialties in serving LGBTQ+ individuals, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and anyone seeking non-judgmental, culturally-competent sexual health care. Whether it’s for prevention, medical care, or supportive services, our staff meets our community where they are at and gives them the tools, love, and encouragement they need to meet their goals and lead healthy lives.
Southwest Recovery Alliance
The Southwest Recovery Alliance is a harm reduction organization dedicated to the implementation of evidence based public health strategies, policy transformation, and decreasing reliance on carceral responses in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. SWRA focuses on building alliances that amplify the voices of people living with Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV, increasing statewide awareness on HCV/HIV prevention and elimination, all while maintaining and expanding harm reduction education campaigns and direct services throughout the region.