Press Release: Collins Foundation Awards $130,000 To Support Prism Health

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) has been awarded $130,000 from the Collins Foundation to support LGBTQ+ Primary Care Health Center, Prism Health.

“We are honored that the Collins Foundation has made this generous investment in Prism Health.” Said CAP’s Executive Director, Tyler TerMeer. “This is a clear commitment by Collins to health equity in the LGBTQ+ community, and the health and well-being of Oregonians overall.  Through Prism Health, we will remove barriers, improve access, and most importantly provide quality health care for all LGBTQ+ patients across the Portland metropolitan area.” 

Prism Health will open April 2017. It is conveniently located at 2236 SE Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon, and will offer a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental space where all members of the LGBTQ+ community can obtain the compassionate and culturally effective health care they need and deserve. In addition to comprehensive primary care, Prism Health will offer specialized services for the transgender community, HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing, mental health counseling, and integrated pharmacy services.

The Collins Foundation invests in local nonprofit organizations, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. Collins is committed to the pursuit of equity, both in how resources are allocated across Oregon’s diverse communities and how their internal structures are shaped. Their vision is for the state of Oregon to be a place where all people have access to high quality, culturally responsible services in sectors such as health, social services, education, housing, and employment.

About Cascade AIDS Project

Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. CAP’s mission is support and empower all people with or affected by HIV, reduce stigma, and provide the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare.

Prism Health Logo Unveiled!

CAP is thrilled to unveil the new logo for Prism Health, our LGBTQ+ primary care center opening in Spring of 2017!

Located at 2236 SE Belmont Street in Portland, Prism Health will offer a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental space where all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community can obtain the compassionate and culturally effective health care they need and deserve.

In addition to comprehensive primary care, it is anticipated that the center will offer specialized services for the transgender community, HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, mental health care, and specialty pharmacy services. With this health center, CAP is committed to removing barriers, improving access, and most importantly providing quality health care for all LGBTQ+ patients in the Portland metro region.

Patients do not have to be LGBTQ+ to receive care, but services will focus on addressing the sensitive issues of sexual minorities and their families and friends.

To sign up for more information about Prism Health visit: www.prismhealth.org

CAP Announces New Mission & Name For LGBTQ+ Health Center

Today, December 1st, marks the 29th anniversary of World AIDS Day – 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, 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 services to the broader LGBTQ+ community through the creation of a new LGBTQ+ Primary Care 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 health care 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 the service of the community.”prism

“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 health care 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.”

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.