THRIVE SS SERVICES
THRIVE SS, in partnership with The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, provides free condoms and lubricants to Atlanta's at-risk population.
Support Services (Online and In-person)
THRIVE SS provides in-person and virtual support for people living with HIV and people at risk for HIV and other STI.
Medical and Non medical Linkage and Referral Services (including: medication, housing, food)
THRIVE SS facilitates linkage to culturally competent medical and non-medical service providers for people who are living with HIV/AIDS in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. We believe these services should consist of more than just providing our members with names and phone numbers. We actually assist with scheduling and document gathering. We also offer Lyft rides to members to who need transportation to appointments.
Accountability is a big part of what we do at THRIVE. That is why we follow up regularly with our clients after services are rendered. This helps to ensure that members remain in care and are adherent. We achieve this in many ways which include Judy Support and our R3 linkage programs.
So far we have assisted over 1000 members from across the state (that number is over 3300 nationwide!) who were seeking help from various patient assistance programs. In addition to providing referrals, we also run our very own food bank. This service is made possible because of our collaboration with Feed Thee and the Midwest Food-bank, Georgia Division.
Research & Intervention Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Services
THRIVE SS is able to assist with conducting community assessments towards any research and intervention recruitment, retention and outreach services your organization set out ot accomplish. Our experienced staff has recruited more than 6,000 men who have sex with men, focusing on Black men who have sex with men sero-definded or not sero-definded. We have recruited BMSM and MSM for diffused evidenced-based interventions, home-grown interventions in addition to NIMH and CDC funded research studies. We stay connected to the clients we interface with through various social media outlets as well our private list serves.
Technical Assistance (Intervention/ Program Implementations)
Capitalizing on three decades of collective work on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diffused evidenced-based intervention (DEBI), many of our agency staff are trainer of trainers and/or trainer of facilitators for many of the interventions targeted for Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) and people living with HIV. Interventions include mPowerment, Many Men, Many Voices, defend yourself (d-up!), VOICES/VOCES, Healthy Relationships and Personalize Cognative Counseling. All of our staff are also trained on provider 3rd and 4th HIV-antigen and HIV-antibody testing.
Healthy Living Engagements
THRIVE SS regularly hosts numerous events, from small to mid-sized groups, all focused around THRIVING with HIV. These celebrations are very important for community mobilization, as it allows THRIVE an opprutunity to give back to the people we serve. We have found these engagements galvanized support for the long run.
Annual Healthy Positive Outcomes Celebratory Conference/Gala
THRIVE SS will host a 1.5 day conference focused on health living and seeking viral suppression for BMSM living in the Deep South. The Conference/Gala will feature BMSM reaching and maintain viral supression delivering roundtable discussions, workshops and plenary session on topics along the care continuum. Abstracts acceptance will occur mid-summer to early fall, with the actual conference being hosted in December.
Biannual Client Driven Service Delivery Evaluation Reports
In the manner of providing feedback to providers from people living with HIV/AIDS, THRIVE SS publishes two report cards assessing patient care at many organizations our members use for medical care. We will specifically assess: wait times, communcation between medical staff and patient, ease of scheduling appointments, and other wrap around services provided by medical providers. We envison this starting a conversation between patients and providers on the quality of care specifically from the eye of the consumer. These reports will feed into many of the services THRIVE SS provides such as Technical Assitance, Rentention and Outreach and Medical Linkage services. We look forward to publsihing more information in Quarter 4 of 2018.
Sensitivity Training and Best Practice Resource Sharing
If your organization would like to learn how to best serve the needs of people of color living with HIV or the Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV (MIPA), our staff is willing to provide trainings. THRIVE SS offers courses in Cultural Competency as well as HIV status sensitivity training. These seminars are designed to enhance service providers' communication skills which will allow them the ability to connect and serve vulnerable populations.