Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, Inc. (CMWP) is a health referral agency that provides education and prevention services to uninsured and under served African-Americans, Hispanics and people of Caribbean descent. The core of this organization is to educate those in the targeted communities about diverse racial and ethnic health issues through education, prevention, case management, and to facilitate access to Health Care Services throughout Central Florida . CMWP is dedicated to developing a community that fosters and supports optimal health for everyone through health fairs, street outreach, seminars, cultural diversity workshops, and neighborhood events. HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Women’s Health Issues, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Diabetes are just some of the health subjects that CMWP is committed to address in the targeted populations.
The HOPWA program was established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific needs of low income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA is a “needs-based” program, therefore clients must provide verifiable documents of their inability to make their monthly housing payments.
The City of Orlando is the grantee for the Orlando Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) which includes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The City contracts with various agencies throughout the EMSA to provide HOPWA services to eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
If you or a member of your family is having difficulty maintaining housing due to HIV/AIDS, HOPWA may be able to help.
- Reduce the number of people who become infected with HIV;
- Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV; and,
- Reduce HIV-related health disparities.
Psychosocial Support Services
(PEER Support Services) are individual and or group counseling, other than mental health counseling, provided to consumers, family and/or friends by non-licensed counselors, to include psychosocial providers, peer counseling/support group services, caregiver support/bereavement counseling, drop-in counseling, benefits counseling and/or nutritional counseling or education.
Medical Case Management
(MCM), including HIV/AIDS treatment adherence, are a range of consumer-centered services that link consumers with health care, psychosocial, and other services. The coordination and follow-up of medical treatments is a component of MCM. These services ensure timely and coordinated access to medically appropriate levels of health and support services and continuity of care, through ongoing assessment of the consumer’s and other key family members’ needs and personal support systems.
Non-Medical Case Management Services
include advice and assistance in obtaining medical, social, community, legal, financial, and other needed services. Non-Medical Case Management does not involve coordination and follow-up of medical treatments.
Referral and Linkages
Due to the fact that we will be receiving many inquiries for our services, it is important that the proper linkage is established between the clients and the services. Referral & Linkage will allow us to refer and provide clients with the right services that are tailored to their needs.
Controlling hypertension in the Black population in the United States continues to be a major problem. Heart disease is the number one killer of Black Americans. Increased awareness of the complication of hypertension and the need for treatment should continue to be encouraged in the minority populations. By bringing screening and education out to people in their own communities and providing assistance in linking people to needed health care resources, we hope to eliminate some of these potential barriers to care.
The Heart & Soul project has been in existence since 2003 and has reached out to more than 6,000 African Americans, Haitian-Americans and other Black men and women from the Caribbean who lived in the specific zip codes in Orange County, Florida. The Heart and Soul project seeks to educate, inform, assess and link minority populations in Orange County to needed care. The education component includes topics on the importance of timely and appropriate preventive care, risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes, health assessment and screening across the full spectrum of the life cycle. Additionally, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including increased physical activity, importance of knowing your family history, specific education to promote prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and referral to proper self-management for individuals already diagnosed. The project education activities will also empower participants to take a primary role in the management of their chronic conditions – become a good self-manager. This program will promote healthy behaviors: public awareness campaigns through radio, community outreach, health fairs, screening and educational sessions, and through local churches. The Walking Club is one of the strategies that has proven effective in reaching the targeted populations and has helped to reduced obesity in the community. In addition to the Walking Club, there is education on the proper eating habits and sessions on cholesterol and diabetes education.
Project Connect is an asthma education program that is funded through the Florida Hospital Community Health Improvement Council – CHIC Foundation. The program was developed to address the asthma health disparities, particularly health outcomes, among minority communities in Orange County, FL. Persons of African American, Haitian and Hispanic ethnicity were the focus of the program’s services. It address culturally sensitive delivery methods to positively affect the health of minorities with asthma, as well as alleviate the burden that these populations exert on the local health care delivery system.
Project Connect is a two-tiered program that focuses on the delivery of community-based asthma sessions/workshops and one-on-one asthma education through home visits.
The benefit besides empowering the client is less days absent from school and/or work. This leads to less hospitalization and less visits to the emergency room. Optimal asthma education and better quality of life is essential not only for the client but also their families and communities.