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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Community Health Systems, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Thrive Alabama empowers our patients to create a healthy community by providing compassionate, accessible, affordable, comprehensive care.

Results: For over 30 years, Thrive Alabama (formerly the AIDS Action Coalition of Huntsville, Inc.) has played a vital role in North Alabama's health services landscape. In 1988, the AIDS Action Coalition of Huntsville started with a small group of volunteers who hosted fundraisers to pay for rent and utility bills, provided food, ran errands, and, too often, helped people with AIDS die with dignity. Thanks to a $25,000 life insurance policy left by a former patient in 1992, the organization was able to open a clinic for people living with HIV which added much needed healthcare services. In 2015, the AIDS Action Coalition of Huntsville began operating under the name Thrive Alabama to help lessen the stigma attached to HIV care. Also, additional services, such as behavioral health and counseling, were added to assist people who did not have HIV. Our clients are living bold, healthy lives thanks to Thrive Alabama’s comprehensive care and medical advances in HIV treatment. Two additional HIV satellite clinics were opened in Florence and Albertville to help cover the 12 counties in Thrive Alabama’s service area. In 2016, Thrive Alabama opened its Wellness Clinic to provide sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and PrEP, the once-daily HIV prevention pill. In 2018, Thrive Alabama launched ThriveMobile, a 33-foot clinic on wheels. With ThriveMobile, we provide free HIV and hepatitis C testing to people at community events, parks, homeless service areas, churches, colleges, and health fairs. In 2019, Thrive Alabama became a Community Health Center, providing a variety of medical services for people from all walks of life in North Alabama including underinsured and uninsured patients. Community Health Centers are community-based nonprofit organizations that serve populations with limited access to healthcare. Services are available to everyone, and fees are adjusted based on income for those with income or insurance limitations. Community Health Centers act as a strong foundation for providing primary healthcare to medically vulnerable populations especially in rural areas. We are currently working on a capital campaign to build a new 72,000 sq. ft. healthcare center to house all of our services under one building. This new state-of-the-art healthcare center will meet the need for primary healthcare, pediatrics, dental, vision, behavioral healthcare, and more in the Huntsville/Madison County area for both insured and uninsured people. At capacity, we will be able to treat up to 12,000 patients at the new facility. Presently, we care for almost 4,000 patients in North Alabama. Our patients benefit from Thrive Alabama’s wide spectrum of services including adult primary medical care, pediatrics, outreach and health education, STI diagnosis and treatment, behavioral healthcare, substance abuse treatment, transportation, nutritional services, translation services, and case management services.

Geographic areas served: North Alabama - Thrive Alabama has clinics located in Huntsville, Florence, and Albertville, along with a STI clinic in Huntsville

Programs: Presently, we care for over 4,000 patients in North Alabama. We see both insured and uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale. Our current programs include: Medical Healthcare • Primary Adult Healthcare: Thrive Alabama offers comprehensive, evidence-based primary healthcare services for people ages 19 and older. Our medical team works together to provide preventative care and manage common illnesses. Services include annual physical examinations, acute care treatments, chronic disease management, immunizations, cancer screenings, case management services, transportation, translation services, and nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian. • Pediatrics: Thrive Alabama offers pediatric services for children ages 0 to 18 years. Our medical team provides overall primary healthcare, wellness exams and check-ups, vaccinations, and booster shots. • HIV Healthcare: Since our founding as the AIDS Action Coalition in 1988, we have been advocates for better primary healthcare for people living with HIV. We provide comprehensive healthcare and case management services to patients with HIV. Additionally we offer HIV testing, prevention, and education services in the community. • STI Treatment and PrEP: Thrive Alabama provides confidential testing and treatment for a variety of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at the Wellness Clinic. We also prescribe PrEP which is a daily pill for people who do not have HIV and are looking to stay HIV-negative. • Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment: Thousands of people in Alabama have hepatitis C, but many do not know they are positive. Thrive Alabama provides testing and treatment using antiviral medications. • Women’s Healthcare: Thrive Alabama offers family planning services and breast, cervical (pap smear), and colon cancer screenings. Behavioral Health • Counseling: Our licensed behavioral health specialists work with patients to support and help them manage their overall wellness with individualized treatment plans. • Substance Misuse: The Den is a free intensive outpatient program (IOP) for minority men. We provide group therapy sessions, individualized treatment plans with a counselor and/or psychiatrist, free HIV testing, and case management services. • Victims of Crime Support: We have expanded our behavioral health services to include a free program for victims of violent crimes. These services include victim advocacy, psychosocial support, and counseling. Outreach and Education • Health Education: Thrive Alabama offers free HIV testing and provides preventative education to people of all ages in our community. We visit high schools, universities, churches, and health fairs. Through collaboration with community partners and agencies including our state health department, we work to ensure preventative educational needs are met. • SMASH: One of our most popular health education efforts is called SMASH – Student Movement Against Stigma and Hate. This program involves students educating their peers about HIV and STI prevention through a variety of engaging community events. • ThriveMobile: ThriveMobile is our 33-foot clinic on wheels which helps Thrive Alabama serve people across our 12-county service area who might have transportation barriers to care. The vehicle has a fully-functional exam room and helps take our services to various events and locations to provide testing for HIV and hepatitis C, after which we can quickly link the patients to the care they need. We also do free biometric screenings as well. We currently partner with the Department of Human Resources, First Stop, the Salvation Army, New Futures, Huntsville Housing Authority, the City of Huntsville, and others to bring ThriveMobile out into the community.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama is a great place and provides the utmost service to it's clients. I have been a patient there for several years. Whenever I visit, I am always greeted with a hug, handshake etc. Everyone is always caring! I would recommend anyone I know to drop by and visit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama is a shining star and bright light for Alabama and the North Alabama community. The senior leadership's commitment to compassionate care is evident and manifests at every level of the organization. It is my absolute pleasure to be associated with this organization. When I think about Thrive, the word that consistently comes to mind is PASSION. The leadership and staff's passion for the agency's mission and customers is evident in all of the hard work and effort that everyone puts into every aspect of the service. Not only is the agency committed to providing compassionate service, but the agency is committed to being impactful and being a resource for the greater community. As a board member, I have learned so much about the many issues facing communities when it comes to health care and the importance of community involvement and advocacy .

Donor

Rating: 5

Thrive is an amazing resource in our community! They offer important services to their clients that they would not be able to easily find elsewhere. This is a wonderful organization that I am happy to support!

Jessica Carlton K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama is an inclusive organization focused on providing exceptional healthcare in North Alabama, especially to underserved communities. The staff, always focused on excellence, are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to make a difference in our community. As a board member, it has been an immense pleasure working with the leadership team that runs this organization on a day to daybasis.

DeWayne M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great team with a great mission! Thrive has become a beacon of hope for our community through caring, compassionate, and professional care.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the thousands of people whose lives have been changed over the past 30 years from this organization. The front line staff are extremely dedicated to the cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have never been anything but polite and professional. I’m lucky to have them taking care of me. They saved my life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama has been serving its clients with compassionate high quality comprehensive medical care for nearly 30 years. Thrive respects its patients and is led by a professional staff.
The staff is hard working, loyal and respectful.
The agency provides excellent benefits to include competitive salaries, health and dental insurance coverage, and amble vacation time to mention just a few.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The healthcare and support services received at Thrive Alabama have been out of this world. The providers took the necessary time to evaluate my physical, mental and social well-being with thoughtfulness and care. I owe my health and well-being to the staff of Thrive Alabama. I would not have been HIV positive undetectable for 5 years without them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama (AIDS Action Coalition) provides a great service to North Alabama through their advocacy work, their wide range of medical and social services to individuals dealing with HIV/AIDS and other STIs, and their amazing, dedicated team. Thrive Alabama is a constant, caring voice raising awareness of HIV and STI prevention, reducing the stigma of HIV, and helping provide high quality medical and other services to individuals in North Alabama. I am proud to support their mission and the work they do in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is AWESOME!!! They help people on a daily basis live healthy lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organisation is active in our community and genuinely cares for their clients and the people of North Alabama.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive Alabama is doing great work in our North Alabama community. The scope of services offered along with the caring staff, creates a passionate and skillful healthcare organization that is much needed in our community.