The AIDS Taskforce makes a broad distinction between formal partnerships – structured, long-term initiatives carried out with external parties in which all parties contribute resources, decision-making, and implementation responsibility – and collaborations – less formal, cooperative program implementations carried out with the mutual assistance of external parties. In the long term, the ATGC will be moving toward formal relationships. Current partnerships include the following.
The Taskforce provided the main leadership for the design and implementation of the ACMI Network, mentioned above, which contractually links agencies providing social work case management services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Antioch Baptist Church/AGAPE Program, a partnership designed to promote effective prevention education for African Americans through Antioch Baptist Church, and intended to promote skills transfer between the Taskforce and AGAPE for long-term capacity-building, was formally inaugurated in April of 1999.
The Taskforce maintains a formal partnership with Cleveland State University to design and implement risk reduction programs for men who have sex with men in CSU restrooms and library areas.
The Taskforce functions under a formal agreement with Recovery Resources to provide chemical dependency support and pre-treatment services, at ATGC offices, for people living with HIV.
The AIDS Taskforce was the driving force behind the Women’s Health Empowerment Network (WHEN), a network of over 20 agencies and programs providing health education to women on a broad array of health topics. Two years ago WHEN sought and secured funding for the Women’s Survival Guide, a 48-page booklet on a number of health topics (including HIV/AIDS) of concern to women; in 2001, additional funding permitted a Spanish language translation of the entire Guide.
The AIDS Taskforce placed a part time Case Manager at the Lesbian/Gay Community Services Center to reach out to clients. Case Management availability at the Center has been requested by clients due to convenience of location and has proven more comfortable for clients who fear identification as HIV+ when seen at the downtown location.
The AIDS Taskforce has partnered with Linking Employment Abilities and Potential to develop and implement a Job Readiness Program for clients of the Taskforce. This pilot program began in February of 2004 by providing educational sessions, specialized case management, job training, and job placement for 11 clients. Within this calendar year, two sessions will be provided to a total of 20 people living with HIV.
The ATGC also enjoys strong collaborative relationships with many other community partners, including the AGAPE program of Antioch Baptist Church, the American Red Cross, Beech Brook Center for Children, Care Alliance, the Center for Families and Children, the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Municipal Schools, Cuyahoga County Senior and Adult Services, EDEN, Inc., the Free Clinic, Garden Valley Neighborhood House, the Health Museum of Cleveland, Hospice of the Western Reserve, HUMADAOP, the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center, the May Dugan Center, Merrick House, MetroHealth Medical Center, NEON, Planned Parenthood, Recovery Resources, the Salvation Army, the Covenant, Transitional Housing, Inc., University Hospitals, the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland, and many others.