Black gay/bisexual men, ages 18-29
Federally Qualified Community Health Center
HIV Care Continuum
- Club 2020
- Emory University
- House of Capri
- Houston Splash
- Legacy Community Health Staff
- Montrose Grace Place
- Mpowerment Project
- mSociety Community Advisory Board
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Roberts Family
- Value City Bar
Legacy Community Health, one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the United States, provides both primary and specialty care services, including HIV care. mSociety is a niche program designed to uplift and empower young gay/bisexual African-American men through personal and professional development, while providing HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, education, and awareness. mSociety makes HIV prevention fun and less intimidating. Due to its unique ability to reach the most impacted communities, the program identifies a high percentage of unknown positives.
Based on the University of California, San Francisco's Mpowerment Project, mSociety coordinates patient-navigation services to link people who have been newly diagnosed with HIV to care and treatment. Care navigators commonly walk clients to the co-located CDC-funded CLEAR program, providing easy access to personalized HIV care services and risk-reduction counseling sessions. mSociety care navigators provide intensive case management and linkage-to-care services, and maintain relationships with healthcare providers to ensure that patients are on track with their personalized treatment and care plans.
Since 2013, mSociety program successes include:
- Free HIV/STI testing for over 1,200 community members annually
- Partnership with Emory University to implement an HIV testing initiative for gay/bisexual men that has linked over 125 community members to care
- 40 annual CLEAR program participants
"mSociety provides a safe space for me to be my whole self—regardless of the stigma, discrimination, and hate I get sometimes from the real world. My life has changed because of this place, and it just so happens to be a place where I learn about HIV as well."
Graham Maio, mSociety Program Participant