The CDC NPIN Featured Partner resource offers HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention-focused organizations a platform to showcase their services, programs, and materials. Our goal is to highlight the work of CDC's prevention partners and encourage partners to connect with each other to share information and strategies. Organizations are nominated by CDC or their peers, or are self-nominated. Those selected are featured on the NPIN Web site for the month.
South Side Help Center (SSHC) was established in 1987 to provide education
and information on a variety of health topics. The Center is one of Chicago’s
longest standing African American independent social service organizations
and is dedicated to identifying and addressing the health and social support
needs of African American families who are at risk for negative health and
In keeping with its mission to “Provide comprehensive services to help
people of all ages cope with mental, physical and social problems, by offering
prevention and positive and healthy alternatives so that at-risk individuals
may live productive lives in their community,” SSHC is guided by the
values of health, education of the family, protection and support of children,
community building, and resource development.
SSHC provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS programs, including
- Prevention education and outreach.
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling.
- Case management.
- Psychosocial counseling.
- Related intervention services.
The agency prioritizes youth development service: after-school and school-based,
summer-day-camp, mentoring, and peer leadership development. SSHC also provides
capacity building and training assistance throughout the United States, through
the Building and Nurturing Communities of Color (BANCC) project, targeting
community and faith-based organizations. SSHC reaches thousands of viewers
each month through a weekly, live, call-in talk show on CAN-TV Channel 21,
where agency staff talk about their programs and the prevention services offered
by the agency.
SSHC has been the recipient of multiple awards from federal, state, city,
and private entities in recognition of excellence in comprehensive education
and prevention, and effective program management. Honors include the “Excellence in Service Award,” presented by Richard M. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago; the State of Illinois’ “Exceptional Merit Award;” and the “Tree of Life Award” from the AIDS Pastoral Care Network.
SSHS street outreach workers in action
SSHC has provided Safety Counts and Street Outreach since 2004, targeting
substance users at risk for HIV/AIDS. SSHC’s unique approach to outreach includes
employing and using individuals from the indigenous population. Culturally
specific, informational storyboards allow onlookers to visually identify and
assess their own specific risk behaviors. SSHC’s Outreach, Testing, Counseling,
and Referral service reaches 1,200 people each year. Together, SSHC staff and
clients develop risk reduction plans.
SSHC uses the Safety Counts Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions
(DEBI), a science-based intervention of CDC, which has proven effective as
an intervention to assist clients in internalizing various concepts and elements
that progressively guide them through core elements of change. The stages include:
1) Precontemplation, 2) Contemplation, 3) Preparation, 4) Action, and 5) Maintenance
through behavior modification.
SSHS social event
The goal is to assist clients in achieving positive change that reduces harm
and negative health or life outcomes. The culturally appropriate, client-centered
approach allows SSHC to deliver structured groups education, enrolling participants
into a series of interactive group learning and intervention services.
Participants are guided in assessing their own present state or condition,
and in setting short-term goals (30 to 60 days.) The staff offers referrals
and continues to work with clients, tracking progress toward their goals, which
include obtaining any required medical services, housing, and food and clothing
Two social events were planned with program participants, with incentives
to motivate follow-through and to encourage change maintenance. The staff provided
light, nutritious snacks or meals at each group event. Some participants invited
family and/or friends to help celebrate their progress through the phases of
In 2010, the program served 105 participants aged 25 and over (including
7 individuals ranging in age from 40 to 60) who were substance users and asked
to be a part of the program. Of those enrolled, 75% (79) completed 75% of the
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