Programs and Results

What we aim to solve

Our programs

HIV Prevention

The PALS Project (Positive Action for Living Safely). We provide Health and Wellness programs for individuals living with HIV. And HIV prevention programs for all individuals to lower their risk. All our programs, services and events are free. 

L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E. (Learn Immune Function Enhancement)

Want to “jump start” healthier living? The PALS Project’s free L.I.F.E. program offers gay or bisexual men with HIV effective ways to lead healthier and richer lives. In a fun, supportive setting, you get the latest reliable information about HIV and health during large group meetings, exchange personal experiences in small group gatherings, receive personal coaching in one-on-one sessions to boost emotional well-being, build strong relationships, and bolster healthy habits. People who have participated in the L.I.F.E. program have even seen their immune system strengthen and viral load decrease.

Sacred Waters Safe Space

LBS Health promotes and facilitates opportunities to improve and equalize the social, emotional, physical, and mental well being of lesbian and bisexual people in Las Vegas. Having built a solid understanding of the complex issues facing LBS people when participating in physical activities such as swimming, we knew that the project needed to be handled sensitively and boldly to help break down some of the barriers and stigma faced by individuals. This included monitoring the participation of trans people closely, as a group who are even more likely to be disadvantaged and experience acute access barriers.

Delivery Model

Provision of a safe space

When consulted ahead of taking part in the swimming sessions, many LBS participants reported feeling anxious and “put off” accessing public pools due to negative experiences and feelings of exclusion and public harassment or embarrassment. They expressed their hope that the sessions would “improve their confidence” and “get rid of the paranoid feelings” they experienced before, when previously attempting to access facilities.

Opportunities to increase social networks.

Others also expressed the hope that the sessions would give them the opportunity to “meet like-minded people” and “feel part of a community”, which became a strong driver for creating a social environment in and around the pool, as well as one focused on physical activity. Sacred Waters Women’s Center contributes to this considerably by providing access to the sauna, steam room and gym, alongside the pool facilities.

Accessibility

Close monitoring of the access needs of participants before the sessions began helped us ensure that there were adequate facilities to respond to their needs, and informed staff from both organizations to provide a consistent welcome for all those taking part. There were accessible toilets, railings at the side of the pool steps and a lift to help people.

 “It was such a friendly atmosphere… Hopping from pool to sauna and back.”

– Participant

 “The atmosphere was very supportive, and staff were always keen to help me get in and out the pool.”

– Participant

LBS Swimming Project

  • LBS Health and Well being provided 8 exclusive swimming sessions for lesbian and bisexual people living in or traveling to Las Vegas. Delivered bi-weekly between February and May 2019, these vital sessions provided a safe, accessible and supportive space for LBS people to engage in physical activity and socialize without fear of discrimination, abuse or discomfort. The 2019 LBS Swimming sessions highlighted in this report illustrate how effective this gradual and thorough approach to partnership work can be, in providing life- changing projects for often disadvantaged individuals.

  Key Objectives

  • LBS people feel more connected to their community.
  • LBS people feel more confident about their body.
  • LBS people are more active and feel more confident accessing Las Vegas and San Diego Leisure services.
  • The physical health of LBS people has improved.
  • LBS people feel less isolated.

“Getting in the pool again has been life changing.”

-Participant

Delivery Model

Provision of a safe space.

  • When consulted ahead of taking part in the swimming sessions, many LBS participants reported feeling anxious and “put off” accessing public pools due to negative experiences and feelings of exclusion and public harassment or embarrassment. They expressed their hope that the sessions would “improve their confidence” and “get rid of the paranoid feelings” they experienced before, when previously attempting to access facilities.
  • Opportunities to increase social networks
  • Others also expressed the hope that the sessions would give them the opportunity to “meet like-minded people” and “feel part of a community”, which became a strong driver for creating a social environment in and around the pool, as well as one
  • focused on physical activity. Edinburgh Leisure contributed to this considerably by providing access to the sauna, steam room and gym, alongside the pool facilities.
  • Accessibility.
  • Close monitoring of the access needs of participants before the sessions began helped us ensure that there were adequate facilities to respond to their needs, and also informed staff from both organizations to provide a consistent welcome for all those taking part. There were accessible toilets, railings at the side of the pool steps and a lift to help people.
  • Close and open communication between LBS Health and staff from Sacred Waters Center allowed the project to run effectively and efficiently. Sacred Waters staff were consistently receptive to sharing their ideas and any concerns with LBS Health throughout. Where challenges arose, both Sacred Waters management and poolside staff were keen to increase their knowledge, understanding and awareness of the issues facing the LBS community.

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