Washington, DC, October 14, 2014 – This Wednesday, October 15th, marks the eleventh anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The 2014 theme for NLAAD is "To End AIDS, Commit to ACT" or "Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar." La Clínica del Pueblo will be marking the day with community wide testing, education, and condom distribution, working in partnership with El Zol 107.9, Whitman Walker Health, and the Washington AIDS Partnership AmeriCorp program.  Activities will take place at the Rhode Island Home Depot, 14th Street and Park Road, La Clínica’s  ¡Empodérate! Youth Center, and at its main site on 2831 15th St NW.

Washington, DC (September 9, 2014) – La Clínica del Pueblo will host a vigil in front of the White House to shed light on the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children from Central America on Monday, September 15th. The vigil will meet outside St. John’s Episcopal Church at 16th St. and H St. NW at 6:30 pm. 

 

March 31st is the deadline for health coverage enrollment in qualified health plans, and La Clínica del Pueblo is increasing efforts to help our community sign up for the new healthcare law known as the Affordable Care Act – ACA. The deadline is fast approaching and La Clínica invites DC residents to an enrollment marathon on March 22nd from 9am to 4pm at La Clínica del Pueblo.

During the week of October 15, La Clínica del Pueblo will commemorate the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day with a variety of events to raise awareness among the community about HIV/AIDS and to promote HIV tests.  La Clínica del Pueblo will provide counseling and HIV tests (free, confidential, and bilingual) at various locations.

 

According to the CDC, the DC metropolitan area has the highest level of HIV infection in the U.S, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino community is increasing.  Every year through its Counseling, Testing, and Referral Program and its HIV youth initiative, ¡Empodérate! (Empower Yourself!), La Clínica del Pueblo tests over 3,000 people for HIV and, using its System Navigator program, links those testing positive to medical services.  La Clínica del Pueblo not only offers medical assistance, but also bridges the gap between medical and social services.  Through its HIV case management program La Clínica provides a support system, ensures adherence to treatment, and helps HIV positive patients to manage their illness and lead healthy and productive lives. Through ¡Empodérate! La Clinica del Pueblo addresses the impact the epidemic has had on the young, underprivileged, Latino, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (GBT) community,

 

Our slogan this year is:

“Take care of yourself:             Find out about Obamacare,  Get Tested for HIV  Be Happy.”

Latino immigrants face great challenges to access healthcare services.  Despite this situation, their struggle is many times unnoticed, and there are very few culturally competent services available to meet their healthcare needs. On Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 7:00 to 11:00pm La Clínica will celebrate its 30th Anniversary of making healthcare accessible and culturally appropriate for all.  Since 1983, the clinic has focused on serving the Latino immigrant community, delivering high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered health services for those most in need.  La Clínica’s 30th anniversary gala is an opportunity to celebrate the progress made in making healthcare accessible for all and to raise the critical funds needed to build a healthy community for the years to come.

On Wednesday, December 19th, La Clínica will host “La Posada,” a gift giveaway for its families, at All Souls Church. Approximately 300 Children will receive gifts, and families will celebrate the holiday season with food and songs. La Clínica’s Posada incorporates traditional Latin American songs and hospitality with North American festivities. Volunteers and La Clínica staff will be directing the Posada activities, and Santa Claus might even make an appearance!

Please join us for a press conference on World Diabetes Day (November 14) to discuss the rising prevalence of diabetes among minority populations and national and local efforts to curb these trends.

La Clínica will celebrate the 2012 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day during the week of October 15th by bringing together the local community in a variety of events. Our theme this year is "Entérate!" and La Clínica will provide HIV prevention education as well as free, confidential, bilingual HIV testing in a variety of settings in order to maximize reach throughout the Latino community.

On Saturday, September 8th, there will be a DC Healthcare Alliance community forum where the community can come together learn more about this DC insurance. Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, BB Otero will be a speaker at this forum organized by a coalition of nonprofit organizations: La Clínica del Pueblo, the Office of Latino Affairs, the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, Mary’s Center, Many Languages One Voice, and Whitman-Walker Health.

La Clínica will celebrate the 2012 National HIV Testing Day this week (June 25-29) by bringing together the broader local community in a variety of events. Building on its existing efforts to raise HIV awareness, La Clínica will provide HIV prevention education as well as free, confidential, and bilingual HIV testing in a various settings in order to reach many segments of the local Latino community.

In the last six months, La Clínica’s HIV testing data demonstrated an alarming 6.9% HIV infection rate among Young Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men (YLMSM), aged 18-29. While La Clínica has long known about high risks and high HIV prevalence in this community, recent data has confirmed the need to intensify comprehensive services aimed at YLMSM.

La Clínica del Pueblo will host its First Community Conference, “Tu Salud En Tus Manos” (Your health in your hands) on Wednesday, May 16th. Its goal is to join diverse sectors of the community to discuss inclusive, community-based, public health policies.

As part of a series of national activities celebrating National Minority Health Month, La Clínica del Pueblo has been chosen to join in a local town hall meeting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, on Monday, April 2nd.

La Clínica del Pueblo commemorates World AIDS Day guided by this year’s campaign slogan “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.”