Cascade AIDS Project
208 SW Fifth, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 278-3810 (Phone)
(503) 278-3859 (Fax)
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Its mission is to lead efforts to prevent new HIV infections, care for people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, educate communities to eliminate stigma and shame, and advocate for immediate action in combating the pandemic.Grant Project Information
CHAT PDX: A four strategy approach to eliminating HIV disparities among at-risk minority youth using peer education, increased HIV testing, new technology, and enhanced partnerships.
The purpose of the CHAT PDX initiative is to use four strategies (peer education, increased testing, new technology and enhanced collaboration) to eliminate HIV disparities among high-risk minority youth. Portland's at-risk, minority youth face a disproportionate likelihood of contracting HIV - particularly Latinos and African Americans, as well as youth aged 14 to 24. Therefore, the initiative will primarily focus on at-risk minority youth in Portland, Ore. The strategies used to achieve the initiative's outcomes will be integrated into a series of activities:
- Peer-education based theater groups
- A service-learning group teaching peer education
- A group providing a safe environment in which sexual minority youth can explore vital issues and learn peer education techniques
- An African American AIDS Awareness Action Alliance that supports peer education and technology in African-American communities
- Youth HIV testing nights and outreach HIV testing events and
- Technology-based referrals that ensure that any at-risk youth can access rapid testing easily.
- Increase knowledge of serostatus
- Strengthened linkages to medical and social services for participating youth
- Integrating services among youth service providers
- Establishing networks to support instant access to information, testing and treatment for HIV using new technologies
- Increase general knowledge of HIV among youth
- Modified behavior based on increased self-efficacy and
- Enhanced social skills for use in peer-to-peer education.
OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)