Mission: To improve health and well being, pittsburgh aids task force provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of, hiv, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections.
Programs: Client services is aimed to improve the quality of life and independence of individuals living with hiv/aids. Services and programs available to clients include: housing, food pantry, transportation assistance, legal services, medical case management, emergency funds, and consumer advocacy.
housing assistance: housing programs are available for individuals living with hiv/aids faced with homelessness. Services provided by the program include nutrition counseling, money management, assistance with benefit applications, social activities, and referrals to drug/alcohol treatment and/or mental health counseling.
pharmacy services & health clinic: to help ensure that clients have convenient access to needed medications, the organization operates a federal 340b pharmacy. Through this program clients can have medications delivered to their home, workplace or other convenient location. As part of this program, pharmacy specialists work with clients to promote medication adherence, which may include special dosage packaging, reminder calls or texts, or addressing side-effects. The organization's health clinic provides specialized medical care for clients living with hiv as well as routine care for the community, regardless of hiv status. For patients who face challenges to medical care access, including poverty and stigma or discrimination due to their race, sexual orientation or gender identity, providing culturally competent and comprehensive care in a safe and understanding environment helps remove many of the barriers to managing health successfully.
prevention and outreach services: the program's purpose is to reduce the number of hiv infections among individuals at highest risk by teaching culturally sensitive risk reduction skills. Prevention includes hiv counseling and testing, community outreach, peer education, speaker's bureau, risk reduction groups and professional training and development. Another aspect of prevention/outreach is working to eliminate health disparities around hiv/aids for african-americans in southwestern pennsylvania.
I began volunteering for PATF about a year ago. It was at the time that Darryl Phillips was exiting and Cydney was assuming his vacated position. I began working in the food pantry on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoon. I found that with the number of people that were court ordered to do community service and had chosen PATF's Food Pantry inwhich to fullfill those hours, I was not needed in that venue. It was suggested by Darryl that I should be manning the reception desk. I now volunteer at the reception desk on Monday afternoon from 12:00 till 3:00 pm and Wednesday morning from 9:00 till 12:00 pm.The staff at PATF ,from day one, welcomed me as one of their own. I am appreciated for all that I do for PATF. It has been and will continue to be an excellent experience.