Our mission is to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.



Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the organization provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth.  Now Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention and health education programs.


Communities Served


Roughly half of our Direct Services clients are between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four (46%), live at or below the federal poverty level (57%), and are receiving some form of public aid (43%) or are uninsured (42%).  Nearly four fifths of our Direct Services clients are Latino (78%), and roughly half of these speak only Spanish.  One-fifth (20%) of these clients are African American.  Most are male (80%), followed by female (18%), and transgender (2%).




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