Prevention Education and Community Health Initiatives
Iris House offers a wide range of prevention programs and outreach education for people in our communities.
Listen Up is a program for young Black/Latino straight men and young gay men, 18-24 year old where we talk about the use of drugs and how to protect oneself from HIV- the virus that causes AIDS. The program’s goal is to reduce the use of drug use and HIV infection among young adults and teach them how to talk to their partners about condoms, and ways to change their behavior.
SIHLE (Sistering, Informing, Healing, Learning and Empowering) is a program for African American/Latina teenage females, 14-18 years olds. During the sessions the girls are taught how to be proud of whom they are, and ways in which teens can reduce their chances of getting HIV by not having sex, using condoms all the time and being aware of their behaviors.
YOU! Young, Outstanding and Unique is a program for teens 13-21 years old that offers Teen Prevention Workshops as a way to promote HIV knowledge and ways in which teens can talk with their partners about abstinence, safe sex and condoms. Party with a Purpose – is a fun, unique and valuable way to work with and educate teens about HIV prevention through dance and entertainment activities. Multi-session Prevention Interventions- are educational sessions where teens talk about being proud, not having sex, using condoms and how to talk with friends and partners about being safe.
HIV/STI/Hepatitis C Testing Programs HIV/STI/HCV Testing -- Anyone interested in getting tested and knowing their HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Hepatitis C status. Testing is offered in-house from 10am- 6pm and off-site at many locations. Referrals are provided to anyone in need of medical services, housing, and counseling. Testing is private and free.
MSM/Adolescent Program Pushing Understanding of Sexuality and HIV (PUSH) is a program for Black and Latino gay or bi-sexual youth and men who do not know if they are infected with HIV. The program works with young and adult men who are interested in getting tested and who talk with their friends or partners to do the same. Those that get involved in the program and bring their friends for testing are given gifts cards for each person referred to testing.
Just for Us is a program for African American and Latina Lesbian/Bi-Sexual women and girls ages 13 and older. Outreach, educational workshops, support groups and referrals to substance use and mental health services are offered by this program.
Leading Ladies is a program for Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) providing capacity building assistance for their HIV/AIDS ministries and work within their community. The program covers the following topics: women’s health and HIV education, educational workshops through SISTA and SIHLE interventions to reduce HIV among African American/Latina women ages 14 and older. Empowering Leading Ladies: Two women from the FBO participate in the Leading Ladies Train the Trainer (TOT) and trained to deliver a Women’s Health & Wellness Workshop focused on women’s health and HIV. FBOs with capacity are asked to host a Community Health and Wellness Fairs to include blood pressure, glucose, HIV testing.
WILLOW is a program for straight women 18-50 years old living with HIV/AIDS and who have been infected with HIV for at least 6 months. WILLOW emphasizes gender pride, how to build trust with other women, how to work with difficult situations and becoming aware of other sexually transmitted infections, how to communicate with their partners about condom use, health and unhealthy relationships.
Women Helping Women is a program for African American and Latina women 18-60 years old. The program offers HIV Testing, counseling, SISTA/HERMANAS educational workshops and a 12 session education workshops where they learn topics around alcohol and drug use, how to reduce its use and ways to deal with thoughts of using again.
For further information on any of the programs above, please contact
Ofelia Barrios, Senior Director of Community Health Initiatives at