Building Sustainable Capacity Nationwide
Realize Resources has provided capacity-building services in 20 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico. People from 44 states and the U.S territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands have accessed Realize Resources services. Examples of our work include:
Peer Education and Evaluation Resource (PEER) Center Project
Focused on Ryan White grantees, and conducted in conjunction with the Health and Disability Working Group at Boston University, the PEER Center is helping agencies across the country plan and implement successful, sustainable peer programs by offering the resources, support and experience to launch a peer program or strengthen one already in place. The ultimate goal is to support HIV-positive individuals as they enter and stay in care, adhere to treatment protocols, and improve their quality of life. Realize Resources’ role in the project has been to develop the training and technical assistance (TA) system, assist in the creation of a peer program toolkit, and deliver direct capacity-building assistance for three national education and training sites (the Lotus Project in Oakland, PACT in New York and People to People in Kansas City) as well as for local programs in Florida, California, Connecticut, and Illinois.
Building Trauma-Informed Systems
Through our collaboration with the Trauma Center, Realize Resources is able to provide unique training and technical assistance that can help organizations build trauma-informed systems. One example of this collaborative work is a workshop called “Building Trauma-Informed Systems: Integrating Clinical Wisdom into Sustainable Organizational Systems,” which was designed for organizations looking to develop sustainable trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive programs.
Evaluation Center for HIV and Oral Health (ECHO) Project
Realize Resources provided our organization development expertise to the ECHO project, which helps build dental health professionals’ skills to keep patients in consistent oral health care and improve linkages with the continuum of HIV care. We provided training to dentists and dental assistants from 15 sites nation-wide on motivational interviewing skills which will improve their capacity to identify health issues and support positive behavior change. We also set up a web-based learning site for the 15 organizations to network and problem solve.
Connecting to Care Project
As a component of the Connecting to Care (CTC) project, Realize Resources designed Spanish and English curricula designed to help HIV service providers tailor and adapt interventions to link rural, migrant, and/or formerly incarcerated people living with HIV (PLWH) with the healthcare delivery system. Realize Resources concurrently developed a training of trainers curricula which remains available nationally. Realize Resources was subcontracted for this project through 2008 by the Washington DC-based AIDS Action Foundation with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).