We offer programs in response to community needs for education, interventions for health issues, and economic improvement, all of which empower individuals to create actionable goals and advance their knowledge, well-being, and financial opportunity. Our programs evolve with community need and currently include health & nutrition education, HIV prevention education and intervention initiatives, financial sector careers training, technology training, and employment assistance.


Know Your Status (HIV Prevention, Integration, and Education)

The Know Your Status Program (KYS) utilizes a mobile unit, Association House, and partner locations as sites to provide culturally-competent, client-centered, and evidence-based HIV Prevention, Intervention and Education programming throughout Chicagoland.

Our goal is to reduce incidences of infection, help illuminated undiagnosed cases, and raise general awareness about the infection. We offer wrap-around services that help families emerge from crisis situations and help them achieve long-term financial and social stability.

Wrap-around services include: referrals for housing services, assistance with public benefits applications, Mental Health counseling, substance abuse services, navigating the Affordable Care Act, pre-employment training, adult education, a state-certified charter high school, an emergency food pantry, and behavioral health services for those with developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders.

KYS targets high-risk populations that have been identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health for its program, which includes African American, heterosexual men, ages 14 and older and African American, heterosexual women, ages 14 and older.

Know Your Status Project is divided into three sections:

  1.  Testing and linkage to care intervention which primary goal is to link newly diagnosed and clients that are out of care into medical care.
  2. PROMISE, a high-risk negative intervention in which participants are given role model stories based from interviews conducted from participants that live in the community.
  3. Healthy Relationships, an intervention for HIV positive clients.

For more information about the Know Your Status Program or to schedule an HIV testing event with our mobile unit, please contact Mark Williams at mawilliams@associationhouse.org.

Healthy Lifestyles

Our program offers bilingual and age-appropriate health and nutrition education to youth and adults in the community. We offer nutrition workshops, physical fitness activities, cooking demonstrations, and health screenings. Workshops are facilitated both on-site and in the community.

Contact us for information on our latest workshops! If you are school administrator, talk to us about opportunities on how we can facilitate afterschool activities at your elementary school.

For more information call us at please contact Myra Rodriguez by phone 773-276-0084 or by email myrodriguez@assocationhouse.org.

Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

We offer the following training options:

Adult Mental Health First Aid
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

The adult course is available in both English and Spanish. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who are experiencing mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Cost: $65 for the 8-hour course, and includes a manual and certification.

Continuing Education Credits (8 CEUs) may be purchased for an additional $10.

Licenses eligible for CEUs include LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, and LMFT.

2019 Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Dates
February 28, 2019
March 28, 2019
April 25, 2019

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For more information, please contact Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Myra Rodriguez at 773-276-0084 ext. 3204 or by email myrodriguez@associationhouse.org