Prism Health North Texas

aka LifeWalk   |   DALLAS, TX   |  www.phntx.org

Mission

Advancing the health of North Texas through education, research, prevention, and personalized integrated HIV care.

Notes from the nonprofit

If Prism Health North Texas did not exist, the community’s capacity to treat and prevent HIV infections would be substantially reduced. More than 2200 HIV positive individuals would not receive medical care. The reason the HIV pandemic is so much less apparent today than it was in the late 1980’s is because there are agencies like AIDS Arms performing vital services. Thankfully, scientific advances in medications allow patients to live nearly normal lives. However, complacency remains a threat to public health. The funds received through charitable donations are of critical importance in allowing Prism Health North Texas to enhance its services and sustain our infrastructure. Most of Prism Health North Texas’ revenue is restricted to specific services as defined by grant deliverables and requirements; thus, very few grants support the necessary administrative infrastructure that is essential for ongoing viability and sustainability.

Ruling year info

1990

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. John T. Carlo M.D.

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gilbert Kouame

Main address

351 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 300

DALLAS, TX 75208-7860 USA

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Formerly known as

AIDS Arms

EIN

75-2306145

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

AIDS (H81)

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HIV Testing and Prevention

Targeted HIV Testing and Linkage to Medical Care
The targeted HIV testing and associated care linkage strategies are developed in the context of the socio-ecological framework and include individual, interpersonal/group, organizational, social/community, and social/public policy elements. The following defines how testing services are integrated with the other Project Connect activities and within the socio-ecological framework:
Individual Factors: Testing and risk reduction counseling/education are conducted with individuals. Interpersonal/Group Factors: Social media campaigns (text messaging, Facebook check-in and status updates, etc.) encourage others within their social network to be tested. Organizational Factors: Project Connect partners with venues and organizations throughout the health service delivery area including: 1) Nightclubs; 2) Bars; 3) ‘Exotic’ dance clubs; 4) Bathhouses;5) Community based organizations; 6) Outpatient mental health facilities; 7) Outpatient/inpatient substance abuse facilities; 8) Parks; 9) Churches; 10) Carwashes; and other venues as identified. Social/Community Factors: Project Connect maintains existing partnerships with community projects to expand testing opportunities for the general public:
• Kwanzaa Fest is a free two-day health and music festival which provides attendees with access to a variety of health screenings including well-woman exams, STD/HIV testing, dental cleanings, prostate cancer screenings, etc. Founded in Dallas County 21 years ago, Kwanzaa Fest has grown to provide over one million dollars’ worth of health screenings and other needed services at no cost to the public. Targeted testing will also be linked through the other initiatives of Project Connect.
• Community Mobilization—Participants of the Mpowerment for Positive People intervention will be encouraged to link their partners (sexual and drug use) to the testing component of Project Connect. They will also be encouraged to participate in social marketing strategies including Facebook updates and text messaging campaigns to help motivate those within their social networks to get tested.
• Condom Distribution—Targeted testing will be paired with condom distribution efforts. Sites used for condom distribution will also be used for targeted testing.
• Prevention with Positives—When appropriate, Project Connect Linkage to Care Specialists will be present at the confirmatory test results session with individuals who have tested positive. This will be a bridge that will facilitate linkage to medical care and other essential services. Individuals who test positive for HIV through targeted testing of Project Connect will be encouraged to refer their partners (sexual/drug use) for testing. Newly diagnosed clients of Project Connect will also be linked to CRCS when appropriate and after they are fully engaged in medical care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Prism Health North Texas' South Dallas Health Center is located in the heart of South Dallas, the highest HIV risk community of the Dallas area, where over 80% of our patients are African American and Hispanic, and 21% are female. PHNTX brings together three critical factors in HIV longevity: top quality HIV medical care, treatment assistance and experienced case management programs that have shown results in reducing barriers, promoting ongoing access to care and increasing adherence to treatment. It is in close proximity to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic which houses Food Stamps, TANF, WIC, Social Security and complementary medical services. PHNTX is also close to other providers of barrier-decreasing services such as transportation, food and counseling. By providing medical care and working with providers within and beyond the established HIV continuum of care, PHNTX has significantly increased access to medical care for underserved populations. Our case management programs are on-site and actively work in close partnership with the clinical team. It employs two full time and one part time physicians, one full time nurse practitioners and a committed team of nurses and assistants to ensure patient clinical goals are met.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1986, AIDS Arms stands as the largest community-based source of HIV/AIDS-specific social case management in North Texas. Our programs are mobile, home-based and intensively client centered, and structured to target underserved populations who experience difficulties accessing long-term healthcare and support. Serving more than 3,000 HIV+ individuals per year, case managers provide long term planning, ongoing assessment, education, referrals, follow-up and the support necessary to ensure clients are able to access healthcare while achieving and maintaining optimal quality in all aspects of their lives. Referrals to such barrier-dissolving services as counseling, housing, food, childcare, transportation, financial assistance and other essential services are vital for the stabilization of a client’s life and ongoing adherence to life-long medical treatment plans. Coordination and linkage with fellow service providers in the Dallas service delivery area is a critical component of our case management to help ensure responsiveness to client needs, efficient linkage with care and services, and ongoing assessment of needs, emerging barriers and achieved goals in life stability and health status.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Texas has the third largest HIV+ population in the United States housed within its state and federal prison system. Each month approximately 30 HIV+ individuals are released from state and federal prisons to the North Texas area with multiple health, poverty, educational and access challenges. Free World Bound began as a direct response to the needs of these HIV+ incarcerated and recently released individuals. Free World Bound is a comprehensive program that begins with our presence in 116 state and federal prisons throughout Texas. Each month we train some 30 inmates and certify them as peer educators within prison walls. These individuals reach out to their peers to offer education and support for wellness, HIV testing, linkage to HIV care within the prison health system and ongoing access to our professionals as they near release.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Prism Health North Texas' Oak Cliff Clinic brings together three critical factors in HIV longevity: top quality HIV medical care, treatment assistance and experienced case management programs that have shown results in reducing barriers, promoting ongoing access to care and increasing adherence to treatment. By providing medical care and working with providers within and beyond the established HIV continuum of care, The case management programs are on-site and actively work in close partnership with the clinical team. In addition, the clinic has been chosen as one of the 70 sites in the world to be approved to do ACTG (AIDS Clinical Trials Group) research.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The US Health Resources Services Administration offers competitive grant award for the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program is charged with development of innovative models of HIV treatment, in order to quickly respond to emerging needs of underserved clients with HIV/AIDS. Prism Health North Texas was one of eight sites nationally to receive the SPNS project for HIV positive individuals who are homeless and have co-occurring disorders. PHNTX's Home Again project is a model of care coordination individualized to three priority HIV+ individuals with co-occurring mental or substance use disorders - 1) literally homeless; 2) unstably housed; and 3) fleeing domestic violence without housing resources - created within the framework of Prism Health North Texas' HIV medical care and case management programs in Dallas, TX.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Prism Health North Texas (PHNTX) is the largest non-profit AIDS service organization in North Texas. PHNTX provides primary medical care and support services for adults living with HIV or at risk of infection from all ethnicities, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or national origin. Seventy-five percent of PHNTX clients/patients are from the LGBT community. Services include HIV testing and counseling, two HIV medical clinics and psychosocial support services. Services are provided regardless of the individual’s ability to pay. PHNTX operates in medically underserved areas and provides intensive services to prepare patients in committing to commit to regular medical visits and adherence to antiretroviral treatment. Patients are counseled to help them achieve coping skills to deal with stigma and discrimination. PHNTX strives to provide the highest quality of care through the medical home model of care where medical and support services are available in a single location.

The Agency’s mission statement: Advancing the health of North Texas through education, research, prevention, and personalized integrated HIV care.

PHNTX originated in 1986 as a grassroots response to the local HIV/AIDS epidemic. At that time, the medical community still linked the disease to its initial occurrence in gay men, calling it "gay compromise syndrome," or the "gay cancer." PHNTX provided case management and searched to locate resources that could offer treatment for those infected and to assist them with end of life issues. In 1989, PHNTX was incorporated and became an independent nonprofit organization. In 1998, PHNTX expanded barrier-reducing case management services to specific populations, including the LGBT community, youth, African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos. PHNTX began providing medical case management to assist clients with complex issues related to HIV and to ensure care coordination, follow-up of medical treatments, and to promote adherence to medications. In 2001, PHNTX opened its first community-based HIV medical clinic, South Dallas Clinic, to increase access to outpatient medical care and treatment. In 2002, PHNTX entered Texas prisons to engage in HIV prevention efforts. In 2008, PHNTX was the only recipient in Texas of a prestigious National Institutes of Health HIV research grant for clinical trials. With the opening of a second HIV clinic in 2011, PHNTX has significantly increased capacity and expanded access to HIV medical care. Today, PHNTX is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in North Texas, employing 120 employees with a broad range of expertise in outreach, prevention, medical care, social services and clinical research. Over the past 30 years, PHNTX has continually expanded its provision of preventive, medical and psychosocial services for those living with or high risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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AIDS Arms’ dba Prism Health North Texas' primary goals include: The provision of access to medical care and services for low income vulnerable populations living with HIV/AIDS; and to provide intensive, evidence-based prevention activities which work to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the community. This is accomplished through outreach to those at high risk for infection, conducting HIV tests, connecting those who are infected to HIV medical care, and ensuring patients are maintained in care by addressing barriers such as poverty, stigma, mental health and substance abuse disorders among others.

Prism Health North Texas' (PHNTX) board of directors, staff, and clients routinely participate in rigorous planning and evaluation activities. The primary activities include:
•• Fund Development Plan – An annual strategic plan is in place for fund development. This plan, its activities and outcomes are monitored monthly by the board’s Resource Development Committee and the chief executive officer. Updates on funding are regularly reported to the board of directors.
• Agency Budget – Is developed annually over a four month process with the board’s Finance & Audit Committee. It reflects both the day-to-day and the strategic needs of the Agency. It is monitored monthly by the Finance & Audit Committee with monthly reports to the board.
• Program Evaluation & Development – PHNTX is committed to quality management and evaluation. An agency-wide evaluation is conducted by the board, consumers, and employees biannually to identify and address areas of improvement. The Continuous Quality Improvement Program and PHNTX's Consumer Advisory Board work to identify, assess, and improve access, services and outcomes for clients.

For 33 years Prism Health North Texas has strategically planned for and expanded its programs, funding diversity, service locations, Board and staff capacity, and community partnerships and activities to best respond to the growing needs of HIV infected and affected people in the Dallas EMA/HSDA. It continually plans and implements service delivery improvements to ensure access to quality, comprehensive wrap-around care and services.

Capacity and Scope of Current Activities
Today, PHNTX is the largest community-based AIDS Service Organization in North Texas and a key provider of HIV medical, psychosocial and prevention services. PHNTX has significantly increased its capacity to provide services which include 1) outpatient medical care, 2) case management, 3) medical case management, 4) medication assistance, 5) CDC approved HIV prevention, outreach and testing, 6) HIV Health Education & Risk Reduction (HERR), 7) HIV-related prison re-entry programs, 8) HIV clinical trials, 9) substance abuse/mental health outreach and treatment, and 10) critical collaborations that facilitate swift linkage to care and services that decrease barriers to care. PHNTX provides clinical and case management services to underserved HIV+ men, women and youth, HIV testing to over 3400 individuals. PHNTX's re-entry programs provide evidence based interventions within prisons and after release to assist with linkage to care upon release and decreased recidivism.

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Prism Health North Texas

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Morley

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Term: 2013 -

Cristopher Burke

Citigroup

Faynetta Fort

Software AG

Matt Wilkerson

Timothy Oulton - USA

Kenya Woodruff, JD

Haynes & Boone LLP

Nick Moore

Grant Thornton

Chris Clark

BKD, LLP CPAs & Advisors

Billy Lane

Jana Voege

University of Texas at Arlington

Kari Logan

Citigroup

Sammie Krepp

Panther Productions

W. Stephen Love

Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council

Debra Nystrom

CHRISTUS Health

Patricia Niles

Southwest Transplant Alliance

Casper Thomsen

Novataris

Mark Manley

Redfin Corporation

Erin Rogers

Bank of America

Geoffrey Walker

Dallas Nephrology Associates

Michelle Di Paolo

Underwood Counseling and Consultation

John Christian

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes