Awardee: WestCare Pacific, GuamWhat Is the Problem or Public Health Issue?
Pacific Resource and Training Center (PRTC) has developed into a very unique, recognizable and familiar place for the community to meet for workshops, training sessions and small group gatherings. Surveys and client satisfaction feedback indicate overwhelming approval from the community. The PRTC is considered a useful and welcoming place to access HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB materials, resources and other information. The center is extensively used for HIV/AIDS special events and educational activities and it has also evolved into a portal where individuals can transition to the organization's clinical services. Individuals are able to learn about the other services provided, such as HIV/STD screening and hepatitis vaccinations. From time to time, influenza vaccinations are also offered in collaboration with Guam Department of Public Health.What Is the Proposed Solution?
WPI/GUAHAN will continue and enhance the activities of the Pacific Resource and Training Center (PRTC) through continued data collection, information dissemination and HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB activities. It will merge new and existing prevention and care programs, capacity-building, and opportunities for collaborations. The WPI/GUAHAN team proposes to enhance the current PRTC and the services it provides to the Pacific Island Jurisdictions (PIJ) through five objectives:
- Collection of HIV/STD/TB information in the U.S. Pacific Island Jurisdictions (PIJ)
- Dissemination of HIV/AIDS, STDs and TB information to the U.S. PIJ.
- Provision of HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB educational training sessions in the U.S. PIJ.
- Continuation of two (2) curricula on Organizational Development
- Continuation of the Pacific Regional Capacity Building Program
About the Awardee: WestCare Pacific Islands (WPI) was officially established as an affiliate of WestCare Foundation, a national behavioral health care and human services organization, in 2009. Five years earlier, the WestCare Chief Executive Officer, Richard Steinberg, was invited by the Executive Director of a local Guam non-profit agency to visit the Islands to view the extensive gap in and need for services to vulnerable populations and residents in the area. Throughout its 37 year history providing human services, WestCare has only entered states, offshore territories or communities and neighborhoods by invitation when there is an extreme need and great support for WestCare to assist local residents and agencies with evidence based practices and programs based on our expertise and experience. Today, WestCare provides services and operates programs in nine of the United States, and in the offshore territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands.
Award Amount: $90,000
Award Term: March 2011 - December 2011
Award Location: Guam
Partners: GUAHAN Project
Guam Department of Health