Wellness and Prevention

N.O.E.L. (Navigating, Outreach, Education, Linkages)

A community-based prevention and early detection program offering free outreach, education and cancer screenings, specifically colo-rectal, cervical and breast, to underserved and hard-to-reach populations.

Location: 476 Appleton Street Holyoke, MA
Admission and eligibility: All services are open to men and women between 40-64 years of age who are residents in Springfield communities. Education and outreach open to public who are residents in Springfield and surrounding communities.
Contact: Tai Guzman tguzman@gandaracenter.org 413-788-4649

Tobacco Free Community Partners

TFCP supports the smoke free efforts of Springfield and surrounding communities both in the home and in the workplace. The TFCP increases public knowledge of smoking as the leading preventable cause of death in MA, maintaining Mass Health utilization rates, working to eliminate the sale of over the counter tobacco to youth, promoting the Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame project and supporting smoke free housing efforts in Springfield and surrounding areas. The TFCP provides smoking related materials and education to professional health care providers about the negative effects of second hand smoke and fosters relationships with the community and other human service agencies to ensure support for those who wish to live smoke free lives.  MassHealth covers all FDA-approved medicines and counseling to help you quit smoking. Other public health insurance plans in Massachusetts, including Commonwealth Care and Medicare, also cover counseling support and many FDA-approved medicines. Contact your insurance provider or physician for more information.

Location: 120 Maple St., #305, Springfield, MA; 01105
Contact: Sara Moriarty, smoriarty@gandaracenter.org, 413-733-1015

Project Health: Case Management for People with HIV/AIDS

Case management for individuals who are HIV positive and living in the Springfield area. Services are offered by Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural staff, fluent in Spanish, and are open to any individual who is HIV+ or has AIDS. The services are open to persons of any age. Case managers assure that persons served have access to medical, mental health and addictions treatment and to education around maintaining a healthy, positive lifestyle.

Eligibility: Must be HIV positive or living with AIDS. Open Referral: community service agency or self-referred.
Location: 85 St. George Road Springfield, MA, 01104
Contact: Neida Rodriguez, 413-732-2120 x 217

Corrections to Community

Case management services to incarcerated, HIV+ men and women in Western MA Houses of Correction or state correctional facilities who are in the process of transitioning out of jail and into the community. Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural staff assists the inmate to make connections in the community that will support a healthy, positive lifestyle.

Eligibility:  Currently or previously incarcerated and HIV positive.
Closed Referral- By infectious disease coordinator from any MA correctional institution.
Location: 85 St. George Road Springfield, MA; 01104
Contact: Neida Rodriguez, 413-732-2120 x 217