The deaf and hard of hearing community’s best possible defense against illness and disease is obtaining accurate information and a commitment to increasing health, knowledge and empowerment of the community.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
- GLAD’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program has been in operation for over 20 years. We provide workshops to deaf and hard of hearing students within Los Angeles County. The goal is to reduce teenage pregnancy through education programs and provide students with knowledge, understanding and the behavioral skills necessary to make responsible decisions.
- The program has two approaches: four sessions at one-hour duration each with topics including structured decision making, refusal skills, birth control and sexually transmitted infections; and/or an individual session with an average 30-minute duration covering FamilyPACT clinical services, confidentiality, referrals for mental health, domestic violence, and dental, drug & alcohol services. Medi-Cal eligibility/enrollment and communication access needs are included in the discussion.
The above resources are age appropriate (12-19 years of age) based on school district guidelines. Funded by California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Division.
Health Care Case Management
Case manager works directly with both d/hh consumers and health care providers to ensure that they receive health education, information and support they need to make informed decisions. Individual sessions and group health-related workshops are provided.
- HIV Prevention Program: GLAD’s Health Program continues to provide services to deaf and of hearing women who engage in risky sexual behavior. Individual and group sessions include risk reduction counseling, negotiation skills, HIV testing and STD screening referrals, relationship issues and updated HIV/AIDS resources.
- HIV Interpreting Services: Free and confidential interpreting services are available to HIV+ deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families. These services are provided for all HIV-related needs including testing, medical and mental health issues. Clients must be screened to be eligible for services.
Funded by U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs.
Breast Cancer Research and Education
In an effort to design and implement educational programs that are specific to the needs of the deaf community, a partnership between GLAD and the UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research/Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center was established to conduct research on breast cancer prevention and awareness among deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Funded by The California Breast Cancer Research Program and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.