Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Inc.

  • St. Louis, MO
  • www.stlefa.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of Saint Louis Effort for AIDS is to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

Main Programs

  1. Prevention Sevices
  2. Client Services
  3. Barrier Elimination and Care Navigation (BEACON)
  4. Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)
  5. ACCESS
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

St. Louis Metropolitan Region, MO

ruling year

1986

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Cheryl Oliver

Keywords

Self-reported

HIV, AIDS, AIDS Service Organization, prevention, case management, testing, treatment adherence, social support, outreach, safe sex

Notes from the Nonprofit

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS is completing our third year of our Barrier Elimination and Care Navigation program. This is a impact-driven program that attempts to reconnect with HIV positive residents of the Saint Louis Metropolitan region who have been lost to care. Over the course of the last three years, we have been able to bring 10% of the population that was lost-to-care back into medical care.

We have also been a major player in helping our community members become enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through our ACCESS program. The ACCESS team of Certified Application Counselors (CACs) assist with enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace for people who are underinsured or uninsured. The CACs help people throughout Missouri understand their coverage options and the financial help for which they may qualify.

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Also Known As

EFA

EIN

43-1395179

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

AIDS (G81)

Public Health Program (E70)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS and the partnering AIDS Service Organizations in the St. Louis region are committed to supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS and stopping the spread of this preventable disease.  Personal, societal and structural barriers, including HIV-denial, stigma, poverty and limited access to appropriate care inhibit many people living with HIV/AIDS from seeking primary medical care and HIV-specific care, resulting in poorer health outcomes for them and for their communities. 

2014 marks the 4th year of a social innovation fund grant to EFA by AIDS United. This grant to focuses on getting people diagnosed with HIV who have been out of care for more than a year connected to a physician and in treatment.  The Barrier Elimination and Care Navigation (BEACON) Project is an innovative, regional model that involves HIV-positive peers in proactive outreach; provides time-limited case management to link people to care; and improves the continuum of care to be more responsive to the needs of minority people living with the disease. By leveraging existing programs, services and resources in tandem with this treatment-as-prevention initiative, our goal is to ultimately stop new infections from occurring.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Prevention Sevices

Prevention Services provides education, testing, and treatment at multiple in-house and in-community education opportunities throughout the year. Testing takes place in the office, through the Mobile Testing Unit and at community events.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 2

Client Services

Client Services provides Ryan White case management to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Barrier Elimination and Care Navigation (BEACON)

The BEACON program brings people living with HIV/AIDS who have been out of medical treatment for 12+ months into case management services.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 4

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)

PAWS helps people living with HIV/AIDS keep their pets in their homes when they need that loving support the most.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 5

ACCESS

The ACCESS program educates and enrolls people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by the Affordable Care act.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Population(s) Served

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Public health and health care systems continue to undergo a paradigm shift fueled by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, advancement of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, medicalization of HIV services and biomedical advances. As a community-based, AIDS Service Organization, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) plays a vital role in eradicating HIV/AIDS. For thirty years, EFA has been leading the way in our region with innovative best practices, client-centered programs and services, and a commitment to our mission of providing education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease. In today’s continuously changing health care landscape, EFA continues to be strategic, proactive, agile and adaptable. Our goals for 2015-17 are to:
    1. Assess and reengineer the agency infrastructure for optimal performance
    2. Cultivate Strategic Alliances that build capacity and ensure long term viability
    3. Assure our Communication Infrastructure and Messaging connect individuals and communities with the information they need to make informed choices and take action
    4. Guide the analysis of changes in health policy and health coverage in order to anticipate and prepare for their impact on funding and service delivery
    5. Build on strengths-based competencies to engage, advocate and lead in a transitional environment
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    EFA’s strategies are founded on our ability to align, execute and renew our organization by adapting to the present and shaping the future. Strategies include:
    1. Assessing our organizational systems, structures, resources and facilities and determine what needs to be changed to assure operational integrity and long-term effectiveness.
    2. Focusing our resources on creating a culture of philanthropy and fundraising that involves board, staff and volunteers in working with our existing donor base and establishing strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships that add depth to our funding base while increasing awareness of programs and services.
    3. Using strategic communications to clearly and consistently articulate the agency’s mission, vision and core values. This includes: building on the success of Dining Out for Life, Thirst for Life and other fundraising events; continuously improving internal and external communication processes; increasing awareness with consumers and other stakeholders; and using data and client successes to tell our story
    4. Engaging in political and social issues that will impact our clients and stakeholders and advocating for our clients. This includes: exploring medical service delivery options that will benefit client care; applying for 340B status; establishing Third Party Billing; implementing Electronic Health Records; enhancing government agency and healthcare provider relationships and networks to more effectively address client and community needs; informing constituents of major national, state and regional policies that may impact access to and affordability of health care services for people living with HIV/AIDS/STIS, mental health or substance use issues, and other co-occurring diseases that are associated with stigma and fear.
    5. Strengthening EFA’s regional leadership role with a national presence. This includes: investing in our people, our technology and the facility; providing staff training and development opportunities; sustaining a high quality leadership team and informed/engaged board of directors; increasing diversity and providing cultural sensitivity/competency training; and increasing access to resources through strategic alliances with Federally Qualified Health Centers and other medical providers.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Started in 1985 by a group of dedicated volunteers, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) was the first AIDS Service Organization in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Today, EFA takes the lead in addressing the rapidly changing care, treatment and prevention environment for people living with or at risk of being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. EFA’s mission is to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

    With a staff of 37, EFA provided direct services to 8,700 clients and 17,222 indirect clients in 2014. Case management services include Waiver, General, Resource & Referral, Transitional, Bilingual and Lost-to-Care. Four case managers are co-located in physician offices, plus we have a Peer Advocate and Project Coordinator for our Lost-to-Care program. EFA’s Prevention Services include education, outreach, testing and STI Treatment Services. Five Certified Application Counselors assisted almost 2,000 individuals throughout the state with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) helps provide care and food for the pets of clients who would otherwise have to give them up during the time their companionship is most critical.

    The agency’s funding base is diverse, with 54% Government Grants, 20% Corporation and Foundation, 13% Fundraising Events, 12% United Way and 2% from individuals, memorials and tributes. In 2014, 80% of our expenses went to Program Services, 12% to Management & General and 8% to Fundraising. Our accounting services are in-house and we have audits conducted by an independent auditor every year.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know if we have achieved goals by the following indicators:
    1. An Infrastructure Advisory Group is established to assess and identify capacity issues and options, provide recommended solutions and secure resources to fill gaps and build organizational resources, including e a Business Plan and Planning and Feasibility Study (PFS).
    2. The Fund Development Plan, Development Training Plan and Stewardship Strategy are fully implemented, resulting in more committed donor relationships and less donor attrition.
    3. EFA offers expanded medical service delivery options that benefit client care through the implementation of 340B, Third Party Billing and Electronic Health Records (EHR); EFA advocates for and informs constituents of policies that impact access to and affordability of health care services for vulnerable populations.
    4. EFA’s Marketing Communication Plan is implemented and the internal communication committee convenes monthly to create timely, inter- and intradepartmental sharing of information.
    5. EFA has a presence at national and regional conferences, e.g. posters, as a provider of innovative, client-centered care and prevention services. Enhanced internal reporting and management systems, succession plans and work flow documents are monitored by a high performing leadership team.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    EFA prides itself and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, with the following representing our progress to date:
    1. Infrastructure Advisory Group made up of board/staff is being selected and will begin convening in July to determine if we 1) renew/expand our lease that expires in July 2017; 2) secure a new lease and move the agency; or3) conduct a Capital Campaign.
    2. The Fund Development Plan and Development training are implemented; EFA utilizes a fund development dashboard and events dashboard to track progress and report to the board of directors; the development coordinator sends information to the board each Monday so they can send thank you cards and make phone calls to major donors; the Executive Director and Board Members meet with donors to get a better understanding of why they give.
    3. Signed contract for EHR; signed contract with pharmacy for 340B application July 15; medical services plan and team are in place to expand clinical services pending funding.
    4. An Internal Communication Team with representatives from each department has been formed and meets monthly.
    5. EFA has presented at national and regional conferences, e.g. posters, presentations; we applied for SAMSHA funding to implement an HIV/Substance Use Treatment /Mental Health Services collaborative project; applied for a CMS grant for ACA Marketplace Enrollment Navigators.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

St. Louis Metropolitan Region, MO

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Funding Needs

With increased expenses and flat government funding, EFA needs additional funding to support both our case management services and prevention activities.  As usual, unrestricted funding is required to support operations and unfunded or partially funded programs, and new program development.

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Financials

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ST LOUIS EFFORT FOR AIDS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Cheryl Oliver

BIO

Ms. Oliver has over 30 years in executive management of non-profit organizations, including transition management and start-ups. She has been a resident of St. Louis for over 20 years and was previously the Executive Director of St. Louis Regional OASIS, a national education program for adults age 50+.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"AIDS was discovered in 1981.  It was first thought to be a rare cancer found only in gay men.  No one, not even the medical community, knew what this new disease was capable of doing.  Infected individuals started dying shortly after their diagnosis.  Many gay men were on high alert.  People knew very little about the virus, and a silent fear lurked about the country.  That all changed on July 25, 1985, when film legend, Rock Hudson, made a public announcement that he was dying from AIDS.  Suddenly, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and AIDS were thrust into the worldwide spotlight.

In the early 1980's, scientists began developing medication for infected patients.  Still, people were dying, as the effects of the medicines had not been proven.  Soon, an AIDS epidemic swept the nation.  All across the country, concerned activists were pooling their resources to provide support to community members, regardless of their health status.  Nearly thirty years after HIV was first discovered, millions of people worldwide have been infected by the disease.  It is no longer a "gay disease".  Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, sex, age, or ethnicity can be infected by HIV.  Although advancements in technology have developed medicines necessary for people living with HIV/AIDS to live longer, productive lives, there is still no cure for this preventable disease.  Organizations like EFA exist for the purpose of educating and supporting our community to help reduce the spread of HIV."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Glen Zahn

MasterCard Worldwide/MasterCard Technologies

Term: Jan 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity