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Latino Community Services, Inc.

Grantee Information

Latino Community Services, Inc.
184 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 296-6400 (Phone)
(860) 728-3782 (Fax)

Latino Community Services has 22 years of providing HIV prevention and care services and has a growing expertise in providing technical assistance and capacity building services to minority-serving community and faith-based organizations.

Grant Project Information

Healthy Families and Communities Project for Collaborative Technical Assistance
$225,000
Fernando Morales
(860) 296-6400
fmorales@lcs-ct.org

Abstract

The purpose of the project is to develop the capacity of small faith-based and community-based organizations in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven that have access to and close connections with the target population. The target population includes substance abusers, reentry populations and women in transition who are at risk of HIV infection, substance abuse or are already HIV positive and out of care. Specifically, the project will target African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos because these are the groups that are in the most need of resources. The target population was chosen based on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Conneticut, which disproportionately impacts Hispanics and African-Americans. The three agencies involved in the project will pick fifteen applicants to participate in the following program activties: participant orientation, baseline assessment, organizational mentoring through collaborative technical assistance, learning academies, and building and connecting the continuum of care. The following outcomes are expected:

  • Increased programmatic capacity,
  • Established partnerships and linkages,
  • Organizational sustainability,
  • Infrastructure development,
  • Increased utilization of services,
  • Systems change and
  • Increased access of care.
The evaluation design will include both a process and outcome evaluation. Process evaluation data will be collected on basic program actiities such as attendance at events, distribution of training/resource materials, provision of training workshops as well as other measures. The outcome evaluation plan will measure the proposed objectives to determine project success. Specific performance measures for the outcome evaluation include, but are not limited to:
  • Degree of improvement in delivery of effective HIV/AIDS to taret populations,
  • Knowledge gains,
  • Number of partnerships and linkages,
  • Number of funding proposals developed,
  • Degree of cohesion in care systems and
  • Level of participation in HIV planning efforts.

The data will be collected using such instruments as the Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) Tool, pre and post-tests, funding reports, interviews, and client summary reports.

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)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)



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