On December 1st, the 29th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the community joined a time for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have lost their lives in the epidemic. In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) announced that it has adopted a new mission statement to enable the agency to better serve its existing clients and expand services to provide direct medical care to the broader LGBTQ+ community through the creation of a new LGBTQ+ Primary Care Health Center slated to open in early 2017.
CAP’s new mission:
We support and empower all people with or affected by HIV, reduce stigma, and provide the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare.
“Our new mission statement reflects both our 32-year history of fighting the HIV epidemic as well as our move to providing culturally relevant healthcare to the broader LGBTQ+ community through our new health center,” said CAP Executive Director Tyler TerMeer. “I am also thrilled to announce the name of the health center: Prism Health. The name is a nod to the rich history of the LGBTQ+ liberation movement and an evocation of the power of science to be used in service of the community.” A new logo and website for Prism Health will be launched in the in the coming year.
“CAP will always be here to work with and support people affected by HIV, but it was also time to look towards the future—which is providing culturally affirming healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community,” said CAP Board Chair, Robert Goman, “With a growing LGBTQ+ population, we need to take action now to ensure that their health needs are met.”
About Cascade AIDS Project
Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prism Health, a primary care health center, an integral part of CAP’s expanding mission to serve the broader LGBTQ+ community and will help remove barriers and improve access to health care for all LGBTQ+ individuals. More information can be found at www.cascadeaids.org.