|RAPP Rural Aids Prevention Project|
As an extension of The PathFinders' philosophy that substance abusers and their families should have available to them quality, comprehensive, professional services, the Rural AIDS Prevention Project (RAPP) was established in December 1990, from a grant made available through the Department of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services. Since February 1991, RAPP has had a successful and active rural-based education and outreach program targeting services to 26 counties in Middle Tennessee. Trained and qualified staff bring HIV/AIDS educational and outreach programs to rural Middle Tennessee.
The RAPP Staff has been fully trained by the American Red Cross, the Tennessee Department of Health AIDS Program, the American Psychological Association and belongs to several state and local organizations. While the primary targeted populations under the initial RAPP grant are persons who are chemically dependent (especially injecting drug users), services have rapidly expanded to include any person in the rural service area who may be a risk for HIV infection.
Education programs use a curriculum geared toward the needs of the targeted audience and outreach programs are designed to increase service availability and visibility to high-risk behavior populations as well as the general public. Free HIV screening/testing is available upon request.