Project TEACH

Our Signature Education program Project TEACH and our Peer Education program provide courses and workshops at FIGHT, in the community, and in schools.

COVID-19 Update: In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, TEACH classes will be offered on an online virtual platform. TEACH is committed to keeping all of our students and staff safe during the coronavirus outbreak and we will continue to make changes as needed.

Our signature education program Project TEACH and our Peer Education and Sexual Health Education programs provide courses and workshops at FIGHT, in the community, and in schools.

Project TEACH (Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV) is an innovative health education program which trains people living with HIV/AIDS to act as peer educators, activists and advocates in the under-served communities hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic — low-income communities and communities of color. TEACH focuses not only on prevention but treatment education, outreach and advocacy.

Project TEACH began in 1996 and has since graduated more than 3,000 people. Our core training program teaches people living with HIV the basics of secondary prevention and methods of communicating this information to others living with HIV. It is founded on the belief that people have a right to know about their own bodies and to determine their own health care.

Classes

Project TEACH classes are twice a week for eight weeks. Classes run in the winter, spring, summer, and fall and are open to anyone who is living with HIV. Topics include staying healthy when you are HIV positive through assertive use of health care, pharmaceutical and complementary therapies, prevention and early treatment of infections, nutrition, clinical trials, stress reduction and peer support. Many of our graduates have gone on to become peer educators or community leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS care. Project TEACH Virtual classes are offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks.

In addition to Project TEACH, our education department sponsors:

Frontline TEACH, a five-week condensed version of the class for family members, support workers, or people who work in the HIV/AIDS field. Enrollment is not limited to people who are living with HIV.

TEACH Outside, is for people living with HIV who have a history of incarceration or have been detained. Virtual classes will meet for 5 weeks, twice a week. 

Youth TEACH is a retreat style education program for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who are living with HIV/AIDS. Virtual classes will meet twice a week for 5 weeks. 

Frontline TEACH, a series of educational videos that can be viewed online. Content is for family members, support workers, or people who work in the HIV/AIDS field. Enrollment is not limited to people who are living with HIV.

Latino TEACH, a 5-week class for Spanish speaking people living with HIV hosted at Prevention Point Philadelphia.

Faithful TEACH, is a seven weeks course for faithful leaders whose faith communities are impacted by  the HIV Pandemic.

Women’s TEACH, is for all self-identifying women living with HIV/AIDS. It is a 5 weeks virtual class, twice a week, Wednesdays and Fridays.

TEACH Alumni Programming, for TEACH, TEACH Outside, Women’s TEACH, Youth TEACH, and Latino TEACH graduates. Alumni Program Meetings are fun-filled, interactive, and inspiring meetings held once a week via zoom on Wednesday’s from 3:00PM – 4:30PM. Each week, the group participates in fitness exercises, meditation, and thought provoking discussions, while honoring the expectations that everyone be themselves and the space remain non-judgmental and safe. Updates on upcoming webinars, trainings, and workshops are provided along with employment opportunities, HIV research studies, and HIV support group information. A Project TEACH Alumni Newsletter is also updated weekly and disseminated to all FIGHT staff as a resource. 

Program Information

  • Location: 1233 Locust Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Phone: 215-525-0460 ext 405

  • Contact: Teresa Sullivan, Deputy Director of Ancillary Programs

  • Email: TSullivan@fight.org

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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.

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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