Triad Health Project (THP) was presented with the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors, Public Health Partner Award at a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, January 27 at the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley. Accepting the award was Rusty Powell, THP’s Prevention Coordinator. Triad Health Project was nominated by Guilford County Department of Public Health.The Public Health Partners Award is awarded to recognize organizations, businesses and professional associations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina.
“Triad Health Project’s mission is to provide emotional and practical support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, to their loved ones, and to those at risk for HIV/AIDS; to implement strategies to educate those at risk and the community about HIV/AIDS; and to advocate locally, regionally, and nationally for individuals and groups infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS,” stated Addison Ore, Executive Director. “The organization’s vision is: “We will stand together for as long as it takes until HIV/AIDS is no more, promoting enlightenment, dignity, acceptance, understanding, and love; demonstrating that we are not only enduring this epidemic, but also prevailing over it. We proudly yet humbly accept this award for all our clients and community partners in this battle with this dreaded disease.”
“Triad Health Project is a strong and supportive community partner in the fight against HIV disease,” states Merle Green, Guilford County Health Director. “From their innovative prevention programming to their integrative case management services, Triad Health Project embodies community-focused public health. Triad Health Project not only serves the community in which it operates—it attempts to forge a community of HIV infected and affected individuals and all those who have a stake in the issue.”
Highlights of the nomination submitted on behalf of Triad Health Project are noted as follows:
For the last 10 years, Triad Health Project has collaborated with the Guilford County �
Department of Public Health to offer free and confidential HIV and syphilis testing services not only at the THP site but also throughout the community.
THP provides educational services and testing support in community settings as diverse as college campuses, local clubs, faith-based settings and homeless shelters.
Triad Health Project is also known for its progressive approaches to targeted interventions. THP is currently collaborating with behavioral researchers at Wake Forest University to implement and evaluate the project “Increasing HIV Testing Through Chat Room Based Promotion.”
Triad Health Project remains the primary referral for quality case management for those identified as HIV positive in Guilford County and the surrounding area. Triad Health Project is a critical link in the chain of efforts to promote prevention and testing of HIV as well as managing the care services for Guilford County residents that are HIV positive. All of the clients that are tested for HIV through public health’s outreach program, and are positive, are directed to a health department social worker for initial intake. After this, the health department social worker refers the client to Triad Health Project where Case Managers ensure that the client receives necessary services to maintain his or her health. The Case Managers provide coordination of care and collaboration with other State and County agencies on behalf of these individuals, as well as support and direct food and financial assistance. These clients are in many cases dealing with such challenges as mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness as well as the societal stigma of HIV/AIDS. This collaborative approach maximizes the benefits to individuals while minimizing cost.
Triad Health Project’s two major annual fundraising activities, Dining for Friends and Winter Walk, not only raise money for the organization but are also mainstays of community awareness and advocacy.
For more information about Triad Health Project, call 275-1654 or visit www.triadhealthproject.com