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MAP Newsletter October 22, 2018
MAP’s NEW CEO
Rev. Elder Russell E. Thornhill
Archbishop Carl Bean, D. Min, Founder of MAP announces Rev. Elder Russell E. Thornhill as the new CEO of MAP.
Elder Thornhill earned an MA degree from Antioch University and an MA from Claremont School of Theology. A native of New York City, Elder Thornhill found his way to MAP because of joining Unity Fellowship of Christ Church in January 1990. Thornhill began to volunteer in the Buddy program in the early 90s visiting and caring for people living with HIV/AIDS. His passion for Social Justice became emboldened while working in the church, MAP, and community with other community-based organizations. Elder Thornhill served on the HIV planning council and continues to work for the cause of justice in South Los Angeles.
MAP, now located in the newly named Archbishop Carl Bean Spiritualty and Social Justice Legacy Center, after It’s iconic founder, continues to provide services to underserved communities and for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Elder Thornhill will utilize this newsletter environment to update the community on the work of MAP in community.
You can reach Elder Thornhill at email@example.com.
MAP NEW PROJECT DIRECTOR DEFINES In-Home Nurse Case Management
By Roberto J Olivo, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, New Project Director
MAP’s In-Home Nurse Case Management program (IHNCM) was developed to provide medical case management to persons living with HIV & AIDS at the convenience of participants’ home. One of the main goals of the program is to prevent participants from any hospitalization. Each client is assigned to a Registered Nurse Case Manager (RNCM) and to a Masters Level Social Work Case Manager (SWCM). This team provides ongoing education regarding any medical and psychosocial services available to the participants as well as maintaining regular supervision of any medical and psychosocial needs reported or identified to each participant. Home and office visits are scheduled at various times to ensure that the service providers and the participant become aware of the unique and individual need for all the participants in this program.
Regular case conferences with all participant’s HIV service providers are scheduled to ensure each participant is able to maximize the benefits of this important program. Advocacy and professional representation ensure that each participant receives the best medical and psychosocial service available in Los Angeles County. The IHNCM team creates an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) with the input of the participant to ensure that the needs of each participant are included in this unique treatment plan. Some of the benefits might include regular nutritional evaluation, mental health services, nutritional supplements, assistance with medical transportation, assistance with some medical supplies, education regarding county and city programs to assist the person living with HIV/AIDS with appropriate medical referrals, professional representation with medical clinics and doctors regarding participant current medical condition and possible future treatments, education regarding human sexuality, possible side-effect to medications, promotion of healthy living, behavioral modification and many more. If you would like to obtain additional information regarding this program, please contact our main office and request to speak with any of our RNCM for additional information.
MAP works in the Jails
The NAACP reports racial disparities in the high rate of incarceration among African Americans and Hispanics. The NAACP further reports that though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015. MAP answers this injustice through its Transitional Case Management Program that works in the Jail system to provide resources to support this population.
MAP Transitional Case Management in the Los Angeles County Jails
By Roberto J Olivo Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MAP’s Transitional Case Manger (TCM) provides Psychosocial Case Management to people incarcerated in Los Angeles County. This program was designed to assist people surviving with HIV and AIDS while incarcerated in Los Angeles County. One of the goals of the program is to provide medical and psychosocial assistance to the participants while confined to the limitations presented by their incarceration. The TCM assist each participant to obtain and maintain HIV medical care, education about multiple services available upon release from incarceration. The TCM provides assistance with linkage to housing services, medical transportation, HIV medical clinics, mental health services, substance abuse programs, food banks, clothing bank, linkage to public benefits specialist to apply for financial assistance and health insurance coverage, back to school program, re-entering job programs, etc. Each participant is informed of the possible benefits of the program and an individualized service plan (ISP) is created with the input of the participant. The TCM develops the ISP with the specific needs of each participant.
Once the participant is release from incarceration the TCM conducts some follow up sessions with participants to ensure referrals are followed and to assist with any additional education for medical and psychosocial services available to them. If you would like to obtain any additional information, please contact our main office and ask to speak with our TCM for further exploration of some of the possible benefits of this important program.
MAP provide HIV Counseling and Testing
MAP offers HIV counseling and testing Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. MAP HIV Counselors are certified by the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) to administer Insti (the 1-minute test). With the implementation of this new test, it will allow us to test more people within a shorter period of time.
The Unity Food Bank at MAP
Unity Fellowship of Christ Church opened its Community Food Bank doors to serve in the Jefferson Park area of South Los Angeles. The food bank is freely opened to the community. The food bank provides dried goods, canned goods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and meat (while supplies last). The food back is open Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 4:00pm. The location is 5149 W. Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016 at the corner of Jefferson and Sycamore off the Expo line at LaBrea.
Tuesday – HIV support group and lunch – 10:30am – 12 noon “Se habla espanol”
Tuesday: Food bank 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Thursday – Support group and lunch – 10:30am – 12 noon
Monday – Friday: HIV counseling and testing. Daily 9:00am – 4:30pm
Ponciano Rosas Thanksgiving Community Feeding – Thursday, November 22, 2018 (open and free for everyone)
GIVING TUESDAY: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (SUPPORT MAP)
World AIDS DAY community event – Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Archbishop Carl Bean Spiritualty and Social Justice Legacy Center
HOME OF MAP
5149 W. Jefferson blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
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