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Colorado Health Network

Colorado AIDS Project (CAP) & Howard Dental Center (HDC) make up the statewide Colorado Health Network (CHN). CHN provides compassionate care to individuals & families affected by HIV and other health conditions across Colorado.

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CHN Medical Clinic

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

At Colorado Health Network we provide care that makes you feel respected and valued just as you are.
Regardless of your ability to pay, our staff is dedicated to helping you live your best life.
We deliver expert care to the LGBTQ community and its allies. We understand your unique needs.
Services Provided include:
*PrEP (HIV Prevention Care)
*nPEP (Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
*HIV/AIDS Care
*Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming A¬ffirmative/Expansive Care

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Northern Colorado Health Network

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Nortern Colorado Health Network provides services and programs in northern Colorado with offices in Fort Collins and Greeley

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The Northern Colorado Health Network provided programs and services to more than 244 case managed clients and over 700 individuals through prevention programs.

Southern Colorado Health Network

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Southern Colorado Health Network provides programs and services for individuals in southern Colorado with offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo

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The Southern Colorado Health Network provided case management services to more than 560 individuals last year and more than 5,000 through prevention programs

Western Colorado Health Network

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Western Colorado Health Network services the Western Slope of Colorado with programs and services.

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Last year the Western Colorado Health Network service 229 clients and 317 through prevention programs

Health Insurance Assistance Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

CHN's Health Access Program works with clients to navigate the Colorado open marketplace, employer-sponsored options, and Medicaid to provide financial assistance for medications, premiums, and copays. This program also assists uninsured, undocumented, and Medicare clients with AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) applications and linkage to care. Statewide, the Health Access Program assists more than 4,000 clients on a yearly basis.

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Syringe Access Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Homeless
People With AIDS
People With AIDS (pwas)
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

Colorado AIDS Project (Now Colorado Health Network or CHN) launched our first legal Syringe Access Program (SAP) in February 2012 at our Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP) office, serving the urban center of Colorado. In 2013, CAP advocated for SAPs in Larimer County through our Northern Colorado AIDS Project (NCAP) office and Mesa County through our Western Colorado AIDS Project (WCAP) office. In 2014, CAP brought SAP services to Pueblo County. CAP's advocacy efforts include El Paso & Weld Counties (SCAP & NCAP regional offices), where we provide harm reduction education, sharps disposal, and syringes until we have formal approval by each County BOH.

Peer-led involvement is critical to the success of our harm reduction efforts; it allows new participants to see the benefits of harm reduction in a non-judgmental and confidential setting. CAP's peer-based intervention for people who inject drugs, Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention Strategies (PROMISE), is built on the success of our syringe access programs in Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. The PROMISE intervention is unique to each region, and demonstrates the widespread benefits of harm reduction programming.

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Prevention and Education

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public
People With AIDS
At-Risk Populations
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Colorado Health Network (CHN) Prevention and Education Programs provide access to culturally relevant HIV prevention and education training courses designed for people at-risk of getting or transmitting HIV and other STD/STIs. In recent years the co-morbidity of Hepatitis C in people with HIV and injection drug uses has launched the inclusion of rapid Hepatitis C testing and legal syringe exchange programs in every CHN service region. CHN expanded locations of on-site and outreach testing. Culturally competent and inclusive services are always a priority as we reduce new HIV and Hepatitis C infections.

In addition to our HIV and Hepatitis C testing across the state, CHN also works closely with local high schools, community organizations, and health fairs where our Prevention Coordinators and Positive Speakers deliver HIV/AIDS education to the community at large.

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Howard Dental Center - Oral Health Care

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
People With AIDS
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

As a specialty oral health clinic, Howard Dental Center represents the link between dentistry and medicine. As the field of HIV/AIDS has evolved, so have our services.

Our integrated model seeks to work hand-in-glove with physicians, mental health, drug and alcohol treatment agencies, and nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation programs.

Patients of our clinic also access on-site case management services and financial support at our centrally-located Denver office.

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Case Management

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

People With AIDS (pwas)
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Description

Colorado Health Network offers supportive services to people living with HIV and AIDS. These services include: case management, language interpretation services for clients, and emergency financial assistance for medications, utilities, and housing.

CHN works with their clients on goals to help meet their basic needs, and empower them to stay engaged in healthcare. CHN serves over 3,500 low-income individuals living with HIV across Colorado, including clients living along the Front Range, Western Slope, Eastern Plains, Southern Colorado, and Denver Metro Area. Case Managers collaborate with local medical clinics, human service organizations, substance use and mental health treatment organizations, and local housing authorities to increase opportunities and referrals for our clients.

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Food Bank

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
People With AIDS (pwas)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Families

Description

Our Food Banks supplement clients' grocery budgets by providing a minimum of seven meals per week or one nutritionally balanced meal each day. They are open to HIV+ clients of AIDS service organizations in the area, and serves over 1,500 clients.

In Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, Grand Junction, and Pueblo, our clients access an on-site Food Pantry or financial support for food purchases.

Collaboration with a Registered Dietitian and Johnson & Wales Culinary Nutrition Program enables Denver CHN to provide HIV specific nutritional counseling and cooking classes to our clients as well. Clients in Colorado Springs and Pueblo participate in nutritional counseling and cooking classes in collaboration with Cooking Matters.

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Housing

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

People With AIDS (pwas)
Adults
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Colorado Health Network (CHN) connects clients to affordable housing through our case management program, emergency rental assistance, and subsidized housing for low-income clients.

CHN's case management program empowers clients with skills to maintain a stable living environment and to continue their HIV treatment. Our Denver office operates two residences for HIV-positive homeless persons and two housing subsidy programs. Clients living outside metropolitan Denver areas are eligible for housing assistance through federal HOPWA funding or Ryan White emergency financial assistance.

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Behavioral Health Program

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

People With AIDS (pwas)
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

For over 20 years, Colorado Health Network's (CHN) Behavioral Health Program has provided services to folks living with HIV/AIDS and their support systems through individual, couples, family, and group counseling.

Denver CHN also provides behavioral health services to those not living with HIV and interested in harm reduction as well as folks facing significant barriers to accessing behavioral health services. We focus on providing mental health and substance abuse counseling and offer harm reduction counseling to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission. Denver CHN's behavioral health services are provided by master's level and licensed professionals along with master's level interns who are culturally humble and sensitive to our diverse client base. The team is under the clinical supervision of a licensed supervisor. Hundreds of clients access our behavioral health services annually.

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