AIDS Task Force Summary
In December of 2011, Case Western Reserve University ASDA members visited the AIDS Task Force of Cleveland to distribute “goody bags” containing Proctor and Gamble oral hygiene products and information pamphlets to a group of social workers. The pamphlets included information about free dental clinics or those that accept Ryan White or Medicaid for the purpose of providing care to HIV/AIDS positive patients. Overall seventy five goody bags were distributed.
The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland provides a compassionate and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy. The Task Force helps patients from all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.
Here in Cleveland we have a fairly large number of HIV positive residents. Many of these folks live far below the federal poverty line and have a difficult time finding dental care. Many are on Ryan White, Medicaid, or simply have no insurance of any kind. Our Chapters’ main goal was to provide information to this population by working together with the AIDS Taskforce.
The main barrier to care that these patients face is lack of information about oral hygiene and where they could turn to for help. We felt that to tear down this barrier we could provide information to the patients by educating the social workers that work for the AIDS Taskforce and provide simple hygiene needs through P&G products purchased by the Oral-B Outreach program.
We are positive that through these efforts many residents here in Cleveland who live with HIV/AIDS will be better educated as to where they can seek dental care and that collaboration between ASDA, P&G and the Task Force will help this underserved community.
Visit the AIDS Task Force Website to learn more.