Latinos Salud, a South Florida-based agency that offers free HIV and STD testing, prevention education, outreach, and linkage services is expanding its services to Miami Beach. Beginning August 8, 2014 the agency will have a second location at 555 Washington Avenue, Suite 235. The new location will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 9 p.m.
The Miami Beach expansion was made possible thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health. The Office of Minority Health program requires recipients to provide a partial cash match for each grant dollar they receive. Latinos Salud will match the new $159,000 grant with over $50,000 in other private grants and in-kind donations. The agency received a grant from the SMART Ride’s 10 percent Lifeline to assist with the matching requirement.
“We are so grateful to the SMART Ride for supporting this new project. With these and other funds, we’ll be purchasing a second HIV testing mobile unit, specifically for use in the Miami region,” said Stephen Fallon PhD, Latinos Salud’s Executive Director in a statement.
The Miami Beach location will utilize a blend of in-office and community-based services. Staff will perform late night outreach and education every week, offer testing in a new mobile HIV testing vehicle, and make regular deliveries to keep businesses stocked up with free condoms.
Latinos Salud’s long-time staff member Johnathan Medina was promoted to Health Program Manager, and will serve as point person at the new location. “This first grant will support full office hours Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays. At other times, staff will be out in the field, taking services to gay Latinos and other men living with HIV throughout Miami-Dade County,” said Medina.
All free services are described on the website at www.latinossalud.org.