COMMUNITY HEALTH 

Community Health and Workforce Development programs continuously strive to provide quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive supports in Humboldt Park and the surrounding underserved communities in Chicago. The Community Health and Workforce Development programs have evolved in response to community needs for education and resident engagement in health issues, healthier lifestyles, and workforce development opportunities.

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 is experiencing a 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.

2018 Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Dates
– February 22, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
– March 22, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
– April 26, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
– May 24, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
– June 28, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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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.

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Financial Careers Training

We work closely with local financial-sector partners to place program graduates in positions that pay living wages and offer opportunities for professional development and career advancement. The Financial Careers Training Program is unique amongst job training programs, as the curriculum was designed by bankers and is tailored to the specific hiring needs of financial sector partners. The program prepares qualified entry-level candidates for Bank Teller, Customer Service Representative and Personal Banker positions.
Click here to learn how you can begin your track for an exciting, new career in the financial industry!

Technology Center

Association House is committed to eliminating the digital divide and employment gap in our community by offering Basic Computer Education courses, Microsoft Office Training, and Open Lab times.

Basic Computer Education is a comprehensive beginner’s computer course that focuses on introducing students to: the parts of the computer, internet navigation, Windows, Google Chrome, Gmail and Microsoft Word. The BCE course is offered on Mondays and Wednesday.

Microsoft Office Training offers students practical training in Microsoft Word and Excel programs, which enhances their skills for positions in office administration and other computer-based jobs.

Classes cover creating and saving items in MS Office and Google Drive, and fundamentals of Word Processing – Inserting Tables, Pictures and Other Objects. Excel classes cover spreadsheets – Logical Functions, Lookup Functions, and Spreadsheets Concepts Review.

To enroll in our computer courses, or for Open Lab times, call 773-276-0084.

Income Support Services

We provide comprehensive basic needs services for low-income families. By providing access to emergency food, application assistance for public benefits, or procuring external and internal program referrals, our program makes it possible for people to stabilize their families and stay in services when crises arise.
For more information regarding support services and referral, call 773-276-0084.

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