Quest Center has been meeting the holistic healthcare needs of Oregonians living with HIV since 1989. Today, Quest’s HIV Services department continues to serve this community through four Ryan White-funded programs as well as streamlined access to the agency’s broader culturally competent services. At Quest, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are accompanied in their journey to wellness with both individual and community support services.
Our department proudly offers:
- HIV-specific Individual and Group Mental Health therapy
- HIV & Behavioral Health Peer Support
- Psychosocial Support for Women and their Children
- Men’s HIV Peer Community
- HIV-relevant Educational Events
- Empowerment & Skill-building Workshops
- Monthly Activity Nights, Annual Wellness Retreats, and Community Events such as AIDS Walk, World AIDS Day, and Pride NW
- Ryan White Service Navigation and Referral
OUR VALUES & VISION
Quest is a non-profit health clinic that believes quality care options should be available to all of our patients regardless of income, insurance, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, race, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, HIV status, or chronic health conditions.
In the HIV Services Department, we apply this approach to our community of PLWHA. Through the acquisition of grants, fundraising, and Ryan White contracts, our staff works hard to ensure that no one seeking wellness services is denied access for financial reasons. We also seek to create a welcoming environment in which our community members are treated with the highest standard of dignity and respect. Our dedicated team works on behalf of the following values:
- Integrative Care
- Cultural Respect and Awareness
- Social Justice
We employ these values to best address the needs of the vibrant community of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Oregon and southwest Washington. Our staff engage in a relationship of mutual responsibility in order to cultivate change and optimal health as defined by each individual. We in HIV/AIDS services are committed to treating the body, mind, and spirit through holistic and integrative approaches.
Finally, HIV Services staff are acutely aware of the social determinants of HIV that often have a paralyzing effect on the community. Therefore, our work starts by acknowledging the unique experience of each individual within the larger context of society. We seek to understand the impact of intersecting forms of oppression including racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, transphobia, trauma, poverty, abuse, exploitation, dispossession, health disparity, and stigma. These factors act as barriers to the ability to realize one’s full potential. Only by understanding systemic barriers and validating people’s experience with them, can we begin to break down those barriers to move forward, through, or around them.