Monthly Meeting Minutes (05/15/08)

  • OKDHS AIDS Coordination & Information Services (ACIS)
    • No updates.
       
  • Be The Change
    • No updates.
       
  • Expressions Community Center
    • Just gearing up for Pride weekend. 
       
  • Guiding Right, Inc.
    • Interested in volunteering at Pride? Contact Zenita
    • FreshLife farmers market still held monthly at GRI on the 1st Friday of the month.
       
  • HIV Prevention Co-Op
    • Finalizing plans for Pride (June 22-24). Theme is "Got a minute?" an allusion to their use of the Insti 1-minute HIV rapid test.
      • Block party condom distribution will be from 6-8pm on Friday 6/22. (Meet at Expressions at 5pm, then distribute from 6-8pm.)
    • Post-Pride: If you or your organization would like to be involved in distributing condoms to the bars along NW 39th Street, please contact Jenny Archer at Expressions. They provide all the materials already packaged up, all you have to do is pick them up and drop them off at each location. 
       
  • Homeless Alliance / Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA)
    • Walk-ins are no longer accepted. Clients must call to schedule an appointment. They can usually be seen within the same week, sometimes even the next day.
    • Michelle is personally calling all clients (and taking meticulous notes about those calls). If you have any questions about a client or HOPWA's contact with them, please feel free to contact Michelle.
       
  • Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA)
    • Nohora is compiling a list of HIV-oriented support groups. If you host a group at your organization or know about one in the community, please
       
  • Legal Aid
    • No updates this month.
  • NorthCare youth programs
    • No updates this month.
       
  • Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund (OACF)
    • Grant applications were due 5/15. Will be reviewed over the next several weeks and award announcements coming end of July.
    • Lany Milner is accepted a new position at another organization, so OACF has a job opening for a Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator.
    • HIV testing is now available in the building where OACF is located (4001 N. Classen) on Wednesdays 3-6pm and Thursdays 2-5pm. Those seeking to be tested should go upstairs to the Q Space.
       
  • Oklahoma Primary Care Association / ACA Marketplace Navigators
    • Megan is now a case manager at RAIN. Thus, current Navigators are Steve, Gaila, and Barbi.
    • Some uncertainty about the future of the Navigator program grants. Expected to be opened for applications soon, though the grant period start is supposed to start 9/1, so...yeah. Will let you know if anything changes.
    • Steve provided a handout concerning opioid overdoses in Oklahoma
       
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) HIV/STD Service
    • No updates this month.
       
  • OUHSC Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI Clinic)
    • Next available appts: 
      • New: late July
      • Returns: this week
    • New Case Manager: Markia Hines! (271-8001 x38211; markia-hines@ouhsc.edu)
      • Training now; will eventually be taking over Meeghan Whittker's caseload.
    • Staff openings:
      • Case Manager 
      • Clinic nurse (LPN)
      • Front desk
    • Changes to HDAP renewal process: 
      • All clients w/ Marketplace insurance need to supply 2017 tax return & copy of recent BCBS invoice.
      • Additional documents may be required if information has changed.
      • Patients who are eligible for Medicare Part D (prescription coverage) must enroll in that program. HDAP may be able to assist with Medicare premiums & copays, but the client must enroll. If they do not enroll, they will not be eligible for any HDAP assistance. 
    • Dental program active. Screenings in IDI on Thurs mornings 9a-12p. Patients should expect to be contacted by the College of Dentistry 4-6 weeks after screening to schedule.
       
  • Other Options, Inc.
    • No updates this month.
       
  • RAIN Oklahoma
    • Roy has retired.
    • Charla is the new Roy.
    • Megan is the new Charla.
    • Dental program still on hold.
       
  • VarietyCare
    • Free HIV 3rd Thursday of the month, 4-7pm at the all-access clinic (Straka Terrace location).
       
  • Other announcements:
    • Laura Fleet from SendaRide (www.sendaride.com) was present to share information about the company. SendaRide provides non-emergency medical transportation that can be scheduled in advance or on-demand. Rates are comparable to Uber/Lyft/Taxi. Drivers are fully vetted and trained. They will pick you up at the door, walk you to the clinic for your appointment, pick you up at the clinic, walk you to your door at home. 
      • In fact, think of it like Uber, but with medically-trained drivers who offer a much higher level of care and service. 
    • Organizations can have a dashboard where they schedule rides for clients.
    • Every trip has video/audio recording to ensure safety for passengers.
    • Services available statewide.
    • Lots more great details. Encourage you to visit their website and/or contact Laura for more details. 
      • Laura Fleet, CEO, SendaRide. 1-800-731-1885 x700, Laura.Fleet@sendaride.com
         
    • 2 Spirits Plus continues to meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at Church of the Open Arms.