CrescentCare began outreach as one of its first activities when the agency was founded in 1983. Many of the first outreach activities were aimed at the gay and bisexual men’s community of the French Quarter/Marigny area. Street outreach was added in 1994, targeting the Lafitte and Iberville areas and other locations that were determined to have a high risk of HIV. This outreach continued until the areas were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Post-Katrina, outreach to the Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) community began again with prevention material distribution in late October, 2005 for the Halloween events. Since that time, outreach and prevention material distribution for the MSM community has now reached pre-Katrina levels with over 60 sites receiving prevention materials, more than 10 bars as sites for venue based HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral and outreach, and special event outreach during Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, and Halloween. Outreach workers are trained to answer questions about HIV, HIV testing, STDs, and other relevant topics and are also trained on how to refer people to resources they may need such as HIV or STD testing.
Prevention Materials Availability
Prevention Materials Availability is a community-level intervention that focuses on increasing the accessibility of information about HIV prevention and methods/tools, such as condoms, for preventing the transmission of HIV and other STDs. CrescentCare distributes and monitors educational materials, HIV Infoline promotional items, and other prevention tools through various sites and outreach activities. Sites include a variety of commercial businesses (ex: shops, bars, etc.), community centers, and not-for-profit agencies. Prevention materials are also distributed by outreach workers in street settings, community events such as Mardi Gras or other festivals, and establishments such as bars or clubs.
For more information about Outreach or Prevention Materials Availability, please contact Nick Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-945-4000 X 207.