Education and Training Programs

The CORE Center provides valuable education, training and consultation on HIV/AIDS to medical professionals and the community.

  • The CORE Center serves as a training site for medical professionals in the care and treatment of people with HIV and other infectious diseases.
  • Innovative peer education program trains people with HIV infection to assist patients at the CORE Center and participate in outreach.
  • HIV/STI prevention and education efforts range from outreach in affected communities to our partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago.
  • The Resource Center, accessible to all patients, has computers with Internet access and print/electronic health education materials.

Peer Educator Program

Consumer involvement has been a priority that predates the opening of the CORE Center and continues today with the Peer Educator program, and the Consumer Advisory Board. The goals of these on-going trainings include keeping up-to-date on the ever changing and advancing world of HIV care, research and prevention initiatives.

Below are of some of the services provided by the CORE Center Peer Educator:

New Patient Orientations Guides (NPO)

This program involves Peer Educators greeting every patient who is new to the CORE Center and serving as their personal guide during that visit. This includes introducing them to many service providers they will encounter that day from the Medical Provider, Nurses, Case Managers, Benefits Department and Mental Health or Chemical Dependency Counselors as needed. The Peers often share their stories while providing a brief tour of the facility.

Resource Center

The CORE Center Resource Center includes a library where up to date HIV and other health pamphlets and magazines are available, but even more importantly free internet access and basic computer skills are provided by Peer Educators.

Prevention

Peer Educators play major roles in both internal and external HIV/STI Prevention outreach efforts funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Internally, Peer Educators on Prevention for Positives grants target all new adult patients entering primary care as well as existing patients who are referred by their medical providers. Externally, in community settings, Peer Educators play similar roles in programs targeting Hispanic men who have sex with other men.

Consumer Advisory Board

The CORE Center’s Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) is a dedicated group of CORE Center Consumers. Included in the CAB’s goals are strengthening the Consumer/Provider Partnership through consistent dialogue, mutual respect and shared vision of optimal service for CORE Center clientele through care, prevention and research. The Consumer Development and Advocacy Coordinator serves as a resource and liaison between the CAB and the CORE Center Administration.

Community & Minority Education and Training Initiative

The Community & Minority Education and Training Initiative for HIV/AIDS (COMET), is a patient education computer system that uses interactive health information technology to educate patients about HIV disease and other health-related issues, empower patients to better self-manage their health and enhance patient/provider communication. Initially designed for patients at the CORE Center, an enhanced version of COMET with new topic and risk assessments was released in June 2008 and is available on the Internet: www.cometonline.com

Community Awareness

The CORE Center and Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, a multidisciplinary team of professionals and consumers, connect with administrators and staff from the City Colleges of Chicago, various universities and high schools throughout the Chicago area to deliver an innovative HIV/AIDS and STI presentation to students. The purpose of this partnership is not only to educate at risk groups about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and STI in communities throughout Chicago, but also to empower them with prevention strategies that could lead to a change in behavior and reduce the transmission of disease.

Partnering in the community is critical to raising awareness about the local and national impact of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and the risk to minorities. Education does not guarantee change in behavior, but there is nothing more powerful than having the knowledge and skill to make informed decisions. Staff at the CORE Center is available to educate groups, preferably at risk groups, on ways to prevent the spread of STDs. We offer a 60 minute presentation which includes a testimony from a person living with HIV, the basic physiology of HIV/AIDS, and a visually graphic discussion on sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

For more information please contact the Coordinator at (312) 572-4861.