Strong communities start with healthy individuals. Our grassroots efforts are based in the neighborhoods we serve and are designed in tandem with community members to address issues such as HIV-AIDS, substance abuse and obesity.
Preventing HIV and AIDS
In 2010, Neighborhood House’s Project HANDLE was awarded a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce and prevent the transmission of HIV. We provide free HIV prevention education as well as counseling, testing and referrals. Click here to read more about Project HANDLE.
Curbing underage drinking and drug use
Neighborhood House is part of the SE Seattle Prevention Education & Action for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Coalition which strives to reduce and prevent youth substance abuse and violence in SE Seattle. The coalition works towards a mission of educating, empowering, and mobilizing Southeast Seattle to ensure kids are safe, happy, and healthy so they can learn. Check out the coalition’s 206rising campaign.
Advocating via Community Coalitions
Much of Neighborhood House’s substance abuse prevention and HIV work is guided by the Community Advisory Coalition. This coalition of South Seattle community members also coordinates activities including underage drinking prevention town halls, parent and youth prevention classes, and media campaigns. See ( Abstract - community coalitions.pdf) how community members are working together to advocate for policy changes.
Helping students navigate the healthcare system
In partnership with International Community Health Services, Neighborhood House’s multilingual Patient Navigators work at the Seattle World Schools’ School Based Health Center. Our staff provides patient navigation services to immigrant and refugee students and their families in their native languages. .
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services, Project HANDLE@Navos takes a holistic approach to patient care. A collaboration among Neighborhood House, Navos, and Public Health – Seattle & King County, Project HANDLE@Navos integrates substance abuse and mental health treatment; HIV counseling, testing and medical care; hepatitis screening, testing and vaccination; and prevention services all under one roof at Navos.
For more information contact Warya Pothan, (206) 461-4568 x4203