For more than 25 years, Southern Colorado AIDS Project (SCAP) has been providing comprehensive and individualized care to men, women and children in southern Colorado who are living with HIV/AIDS.
As the only AIDS service organization in Southern Colorado, SCAP’s geographic service area encompasses 25 counties in Southeastern Colorado spanning from the central mountains of the state all the way south to the Colorado/New Mexico border, and as far east as the Colorado/Kansas border.
Today, the organization’s programs include case management, access to healthcare, mental health and substance abuse counseling referrals, a food bank, and legal referrals, in addition to a wide array of prevention outreach, testing, and education programs.
In 2008, SCAP leaders joined staff and board members from Western Colorado AIDS Project in Grand Junction, Northern Colorado AIDS Project in Fort Collins, and Colorado AIDS Project in Denver, to discuss how HIV services could be maintained, if federal funding was significantly reduced. Ultimately, the four regional Colorado AIDS Project organizations determined that a merged organization would be the best move in supporting Colorado’s HIV population.
In October 2011, SCAP merged with these other AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) across Colorado. Together these agencies formed the new Colorado Health Network, streamlining funding and increasing the ability to sustain necessary services to meet the evolving needs of those impacted by HIV in Colorado.
In the summer of 2014, Howard Dental Center merged with Colorado Health Network, allowing CHN offices the opportunity to expand oral health care services offered in various parts of the state.