Program Description The CitiWide Harm Reduction Outreach Model

This model serves the homeless who reside in single-room occupancy hotels. The aim of this model is to where they are and provide easy access to services for those engaged in outreach that are placed in New York City`s SRO hotels by the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (CitiWide Harm Reduction, 2013. The targeted people are offered clean needles and toiletries. The initial stage is used to win their trust. After establishing trust, participants are provided with health-care services in their rooms. The participants can also receive health-care services at Montefiore Medical Center. On the other hand, CitiWide`s drop-in-center offers social services.
CitiWide Harm Reduction began as an underground needle exchange organized by former ACT UP member and a New York artist, Brian Weil in 1994 (CitiWide Harm Reduction, 2013). CitiWide continued to serve the low-income women and the people of color who remained an underserved HIV/AIDS high-risk group. CitiWide was the first syringe exchange program in New York City to serve the homeless who are placed in SRO hotels for emergency shelter.
Staff members at CitiWide have gained a high level of trust from the people in the SROs. People living with HIV/AIDS live in social isolation, stigma, and shame therefore it is of paramount importance for the staff to establish a high level of trust (CitiWide Harm Reduction, 2013). Currently, a nurse practitioner, a doctor from Montefiore Medical Center, and a team of outreach workers form the CitiWide outreach team. They deliver services and food to all on site in SRO hotel rooms. They also conduct blood tests and gynecological exams (CitiWide Harm Reduction, 2013). Medical appointments are set up and travel arrangements for appointments made. They also provide full time travel arrangements. The low-threshold harm reduction outreach model attempts to promote behavior change.
References
CitiWide Harm Reduction (2013). Accessed March 18, 2013, from: http://www.citiwidehr.org.

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