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Cascade AIDS Project MAI

Portland, OR

Target Population

African-American & Latino people living with HIV/AIDS


  • HIV service organization
  • Community-based organizations




  • Client-centered
  • Harm-reduction approach
  • Care-coordination model

HIV Care Continuum

  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Linkage to care
  • Retention in care
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Viral suppression

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  • Avel Gordly Center for Healing
  • Cascadia BHC
  • Catholic Charities
  • El Programa Hispano
  • HIV Day Center
  • JOIN
  • Kaiser
  • Legacy Health System
  • LifeWorks
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • Multnomah County HIV Clinic
  • Outside In
  • Partnership Project
  • Transition Projects


Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. CAP’s mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminate HIV-related stigma and health disparities. To enhance service provision for underserved communities, CAP implements the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) program, which serves African-American and Latino people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who experience barriers to medical care access and engagement.


Two full-time Service Navigators offer culturally appropriate linkage to care, support for medical engagement and medication adherence, HIV health education, support groups, and linkage to community resources. The objective of this combination of services is to effectively connect and engage African-American and Latino PLWHA who are below 200% of the federal poverty line into medical care. MAI Service Navigators possess a keen understanding of the daily challenges their clients face, including chronic homelessness, poverty, mental illness and substance use, limited access to transportation, systemic oppression, and lack of cultural understanding by service providers. What makes CAP’s MAI program unique and successful is that all participants work with Service Navigators from their own communities. Service Navigators maintain small, manageable caseloads and have invaluable personal experience with managing barriers to care that are similar to those faced by their clients.

Three female CAP staff members

"Results from the FY 2015-2016 Ryan White MAI Client Satisfaction Survey Report show that 100% of participants reported that the MAI medical navigation services helped them to stay connected to medical care."

CAP MAI Staff Member

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