Safety First Health Outreach Project
ACR Health's peer-based street outreach program, Safety First, serves to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs by offering harm/risk reduction education, supplies, referrals, literature, and testing to residents in targeted, high-risk neighborhoods. The program works by bringing the latest information on HIV/STDs/Hepatitis C transmission, HIV testing, and related services to at-risk individuals via ACR Health outreach workers, trained peer associates, harm reduction supplies, an information table, and on-site HIV Test Counselors. HIV prevention case management services targeted to communities of color and harm reduction services targeted to active substance users are offered at Safety First van sites in both Syracuse and Utica.
Safety First peer-delivered services are offered at approximately 40 neighborhood sites in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown.