Critical Path Internet Project

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Project is a digital inclusion training and advocacy program that enables low-income people to have access to the Internet and digital literacy training, and know where to find critical, trustworthy, and lifesaving health information. The Critical Path Project serves all people of all ages.

We host FREE Public Computer Centers!

AIDS Library, open to everyone
1233 Locust Street, 2nd Floor
Monday and Friday from 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1pm – 7pm

Critical Path Computer Center, open to everyone
1233 Locust Street, 3rd Floor
Monday thru Thursday 10am – 1:30pm
Friday 10am – 3pm

Youth Health Empowerment Project, open to youth between the ages of 13 and 24
1417 Locust Street, 3rd Floor
Monday 7pm – 11pm (LGBTQ Drop-in)
Tuesday and Friday 1pm – 5pm
Wednesday and Thursday 3pm – 6pm

Institute for Community Justice, open to formally incarcerated individuals and their families
21 S. 12th Street, 7th Floor
Tuesday thru Friday 1pm – 5pm

These computer centers were made possible through grant funding from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).

We offer FREE workshops

Workshops are one-time 2-3 hour learning sessions. We offer these workshops regularly and can come to your site and provide them to your participants or staff. These include:

How to Find Health Information Online
Participants will learn how to find accurate health information on-line, including, how to tell reliable health information from myth.

Finding HIV/AIDS Information Online
Participants will learn the basics of HIV prevention, transmission, and treatment while learning how to find accurate HIV related health information on-line, including, how to tell reliable health information from myth.

Buying a Computer
Participants obtain information about what to look for in a computer system. They learn the basics on understanding what makes a computer faster and better than others. Also, students have the opportunity to learn how to decide which type of system is adequate for their needs and budget.

How to Obtain Internet Service
In this workshop, we discuss the many different ways one can get access to the internet. Our discussion covers ISP options, free wireless connections, and public computing centers. We also provide a brief overview about the different available services in different areas of the city. By the end of this class, everyone will have a solid idea of how they can get an internet connection, despite what kind of budget they are on.

How to Break a Computer
This workshop provides basic information regarding safe and proper use of computer hardware and software. We explore issues such as incompatible hardware, safe/unsafe use of computer equipment, maintenance and updates. In addition we explore the available alternatives to prevent computer viruses and other malware.

Job Search Workshop Series
This series of workshops cover different aspects of job search and retention. We cover every topic related to job search, interviewing skills, resume writing, and selected topics regarding different barriers to employment (lack of experience, gaps in employment, criminal record, etc). In addition, resume writing and content mentoring and advising.

We offer FREE Computer Classes!

Computer classes meet at minimum for 4 sessions and some are longer. Classes are offered either in the mornings or in the afternoons Mondays-Fridays and typically meet two times each week for 2 hours each session.

Call 215-985-4448 x145 to register and find out more about the specific classes being offered each month and when they are offered.

Tokens are provided for each class and incentives are offered after completion of a class. Our classes include:

Introduction to Computers and the Internet
This course introduces a practical perspective on the use of computer hardware and software:

  • Brief history of computers
  • operating system and applications
  • create, manage and search files
  • basic concepts of the Internet
  • online privacy and security

More Computers and the Internet
Through hands-on exercises and discussions, students will practice the previously acquired required computer and Internet concepts and expand their knowledge in:

  • cloud computing
  • free calendars, video chat, and online meetings
  • bookmarking websites
  • privacy online

Social Media and Blogging
This class introduces students how to safely socialize online. Topics covered include:

  • creating and updating your own blog
  • signing up for and using Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr
  • protecting your privacy

Microsoft Word 1
Through hands-on exercises and discussions, students will practice creating their own documents such as resumes, flyers, and letters through:

  • creating and editing text
  • formatting and document layout
  • saving and printing

Microsoft Word 2
This course introduces additional MS Word features and tools that help create and manage documents faster. Also, this course shows how to perform advanced actions:

  • adding as tables and columns
  • header and footer and columns
  • using find/replace and finding word synonyms

Computers and Work Readiness
This special workshop introduces and teaches students to the use of computers in every aspect of preparing to enter or reenter the workforce.

  • preparing for looking, finding and keeping a job
  • finding reliable resources to break up possible barriers to employment
  • online job search (including protecting from Internet scams)
  • creating an electronic resume
  • cover letter and cover email
  • joining professional networks online
  • using online tools to calculate net pay and find about benefits

Digital Story Telling
This class allows students to create an “electronic voice” by:

  • creating a script for a digital story
  • record voiceovers
  • compose a movie creation tools
  • screening their movie to the public
  • post their stories online

Word for Writers
This course introduces a practical perspective on the use of Microsoft Word for basic writing and composition. We explore how to use computer software in the different stages of the writing process. At the end of the class, students have a complete story or essay that can be shared in class.

  • Picking a focus (and not rambling)
  • Brainstorming
  • Outlining
  • Thinking about audience
  • Writing strong paragraphs
  • Giving helpful feedback to other people writing

Word for Business Writing
This course introduces the use of Microsoft Word for business correspondence. We explore how to use Word to create letters, memos, compose emails and other types of business correspondence. We explore how to choose the right type of correspondence in a business setting, and how to use MS Word templates.

  • Types of business correspondence (letters, memos, faxes, email, etc)
  • Parts of a letter
  • Typing letters in Word
  • Other business correspondence
  • Using MS Word to create business correspondence
  • Saving, printing and sending

Building a Community Infrastructure Model

Critical Path AIDS Project has developed a community-based model for building an information infrastructure that can be reproduced in other cities and countries, and used for a wide range of purposes particularly appropriate to rapid dissemination of AIDS information. We have demonstrated from April 1995 to the present that World Wide Web technology on the Internet provides a cost-effective means of reaching otherwise hard-to-reach populations and front-line AIDS service providers and AIDS researchers worldwide. And provides them with an efficient means of disseminating information community-wide, nation-wide or world-wide that is updateable on a daily basis.

We host FREE

  • Critical Path personal email accounts with no advertising or collection of personal information
  • Electronic lists for community groups and organizations to collaborate and share information
  • Website hosting for non-profit and community groups

Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center