Grant Program: Community Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, FY 2007
Organization Name: Luz Social Services, Inc.
Organization Address: 3819 S. Evans, Suite 304 Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone Number: (520) 294-7620
Fax Number: (520) 294-1142
Title of Project: Cariño y Salud [Love and Health] HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
Project Director: Nastia Snider-Simon
Description of Organization:
Founded in 1971, Luz Social Services, Inc., is a private non-profit, community-based organization that serves the Latino community in Tucson and the surrounding area. Luz’s mission is to provide leadership in the delivery of culturally competent prevention, education and treatment services for the Latino community through advocacy, community development and research. Since its founding, Luz has been at the forefront of efforts to develop and provide culturally competent prevention and education services. Through community mobilization and development, with cultural competence, community involvement and empowerment as core values, Luz directs its resources to fight the consequences of and problems associated with poverty, substance abuse, violence, school dropouts, HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy. Luz’s staff is primarily composed of bilingual, bicultural professionals who come from the community.
Description of project:
Cariño y Salud HIV/AIDS Prevention project in collaboration with community partners such as Planned Parenthood Arizona, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, COPE Community Services, Pima County Health Department, Wingspan and local middle schools and high schools with high percentages of Latino students. Local Spanish-language media have also agreed to collaborate on this project. The purpose of the Cariño y Salud Project is to improve the health status relative to HIV/AIDS of Latino youth and their families through the implementation of culturally competent HIV/AIDS prevention education and materials. Parents will be educated on HIV/AIDS and improved parent-child communication through a parenting program. The project’s major activities include organizing a community consensus panel consisting of local members of community serving agencies and developing and implementing a culturally competent, community-based, grassroots HIV/AIDS public awareness campaign.