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Camino de Vida Center for HIV Services, Inc.

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Camino de Vida Center for HIV Services, Inc.
P.O. Drawer 2827
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Phone: (505) 532-0930
Fax: (505) 532-0930
Title: New Mexico Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Project
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Yvonne Medina
Target Population: Hispanic/Latino Adolescents, Adults
Health Issues: HIV/AIDS Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The goal of the New Mexico Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Project (NMBHB) is to improve HIV/AIDS services offered to minority limited-English-proficient (LEP) clients in southern New Mexico. Camino de Vida (CdV) collaborates with the Southern Area Health Education Center to train and update CdV staff on cultural competency and chronic disease management. The curriculum focuses on HIV/AIDS-related issues that the CdV staff encounter. The Cultural Competency Training for Health and Social Service Providers, a 16-hour course, includes materials such as cultural competency in relation to healthcare, the rationale for culturally competent health care, cultural competent mode of care, and culture and the clinical encounter. Following completion of the cultural competency training, all direct care staff attend a six-day training on the Stanford University School of Medicine's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Two days of the training focus specifically on HIV/AIDS, with other exercises based on the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. Staff train minority clients of CdV to help empower them in managing their HIV. Trainings are offered in different areas of the region to meet the needs of the project's rural clients. Clients are taught about: defining differences between acute and chronic illness; components of the symptom cycle; symptom management techniques; steps of problem solving, managing anger, fear, and frustration; benefits of exercise; diet; advance directives; medication management; and communication skills for talking with physicians, among other topics. Information on a national database, with information on medications in both Spanish and English, is made available to clients. Clients are provided a wallet information card in both English and Spanish to track their blood work, medications, and vital tests

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