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The Community Strength Project (CSP) is a program of HIV care and engagement. Centered on HIV positive women, infants, children and youth, the CSP encompasses much more.  There are many opportunities for you to:

  • Get Informed – Ask the questions you have.  Download an HIV related app.  Make sure the information is reliable.
  • Get Tested – Everybody has an HIV status.  Do you know yours?
  • Get Care – If you are HIV positive, health care is available to you. The Ryan White program can help.
  • Get Involved – Join the Ryan White Planning Council or CAB or volunteer for MIHS or one of the AIDS Service Organizations.

Let Us Celebrate Our Journey with the Power of Wellness
Women from the McDowell Healthcare Center joined together to celebrate the holidays with a catered brunch, music, raffles and gifts. Lorraine Brown, Family Advocate, welcomed nearly 40 members and guests to the event. Special guest Carol Williams, founder of the McDowell Women’s Group, reminisced about the groups modest beginnings and how valuable the support group has now become. Attendees were thrilled to receive yoga mats and healthy eating cookbooks, generously donated by Maricopa Health Foundation, and copies of “Just Hit Send: A Journey to Freedom” written and donated by Jody Vehr. With the theme “Let Us Celebrate Our Journey with the Power of Wellness”, new speakers will present a variety of healthy living, crafts, stress reduction and physical activities to help women become empowered and inspired to live a healthy lifestyle. The McDowell Women’s Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am – 11:00am at the McDowell Healthcare Center, 1101 North Central, Phoenix. The McDowell Women’s Group, a Ryan White Part D program, is funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2011, the Maricopa County Department of Employee Benefits and Health, and Maricopa Integrated Health System.


Managing Your HIV:  There are tools for that!
Making the decision with your medical provider to begin treatment for HIV/AIDS can be daunting. You might not know what to expect when starting or switching treatment. Will you remember to take your medications? Will they have any side effects? What if you don't understand medical terminology?  How will you keep track of your health information? Taking advantage of new technologies, like mobile and web apps, can help you better manage your health care. Here are some tools to get started.

AIDSinfo Drug Database mobile app:
The Drug Database app has detailed and up to date information in both English and Spanish, on HIV/AIDS-specific and related drugs. This smartphone app makes searching for your meds easy. It allows you to search by drug name, class, approval status, and A-Z index, and even shows pictures of most drugs. Not only is it a database, but it also has options for you to list the meds you take, add any personal notes about your meds (for example: note any potential side effects), and set pill alarms to keep you on track. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.   

AIDSinfo HIV Glossary mobile app:
The HIV Glossary app has detailed and up-tp-date information, in both English and Spanish, on 700+ HIV/AIDS-specific related medical terms (for example: CD4 cell, viral suppression, meningitis, ADAPs, among many other terms). This smartphone app makes searching easy, as you can search by term or by A-Z index. The definitions are both written and audio recorded, so you can choose to read or listen on the app to learn more. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.

MyChart web and mobile apps:
The MyChart online patient portal and smartphone app give you secure access to your electronic medical records at the McDowell Healthcare Center. MyChart allows you to see certain health information that your medical provider enters into your chart, such as your immunizations, allergies, lab results, and medical and appointment history. You can access this information quickly, and can even save it as a pdf for your records. If you have a non-urgent question for your provider (for example: you aren't sure what a lab result means), you can message them through MyChart at your convenience. If you are a patient at the McDowell Healthcare Center and want to start using MyChart, talk to your provider about turning on your access. MyChart is available via the web, or is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices


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Funded in whole or in part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2011, the Maricopa County Department of Employee Benefits and Health, and the Maricopa Integrated Health System

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