The Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) provides and coordinates services to meet the needs of individuals who are homeless, disabled, or facing life-challenging illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.
We promote compassionate, non-judgmental care and support.
The AARC wrap-around care model includes medical providers, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health counselors, housing specialists, and supportive services on-site.
Services are confidential and free of charge.
AARC serves as an advocate and training center for health care professionals serving those most in need, and hopes to enhance educational programs to demonstrate how the involvement of young professionals can change the health care landscape of the San Antonio community.
Cultural Sensitivity: Cultural competency is at the core of the AARC service delivery model. AARC offers staff cultural competence training annually to build knowledge, skills, and increase capacity to improve working relationships with historically marginalized populations. AARC is committed to providing health-affirming care to our diverse client population. AARC staff not only reflects the community that we serve but also offers specific cultural sensitivity training with each population, including LGBT, gender non-binary/non-conforming, people of color, people with disabilities, and others.
LGBT Fellowship: AARC is pleased to announce fellowships to three university students per semester to work on-site at the clinic alongside skilled professionals. These fellowships will be awarded to students pursuing degrees in the field of nursing, medicine, and social work.
AARC is one of the largest and most experienced providers of LGBT health and mental health care, supported by a culturally sensitive team working to advance the care and treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.
Primary Care: AARC’s Health Equity Clinic (HEC) provides a safe space for licensed medical staff to conduct intakes and medical assessments while offering treatment services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in San Antonio, which historically one of the most medically underserved populations in South Texas. AARC contracts with LGBT and LGBT-friendly physicians and clinicians who are culturally sensitive and representative of the communities served. In addition to primary medical care, AARC Health Equity Clinic staff offer comprehensive information, referral, PrEP, HIV care and patient navigation services for LGBT patients and consumers.
AARC will utilize its LGBT clinic for health services outreach and education to LGBT organizations and the community throughout San Antonio. AARC Health Equity Clinic services are offered with respect and compassion for the diverse community we represent and serve.
HIV Specialty Care: AARC’S Health Equity Clinic offers people living with HIV a wide range of support services, including leading-edge medical care. AARC’s wrap-around care model practices a holistic approach to treatment, helping clients manage all aspects of living with HIV, through counseling, nutritional advice, and transportation support.
Nutritional Sercices: AARC provides home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) to individuals who are on home hospice, home health or who have been recently released from the hospital as well as on-site meals for those with multiple medical and social service appointments. All nutritional services are coordinated through AARC’s registered dietitian.
Pharmacy services include:
If you’re a client of our health center, pharmacy staff will work closely with your physician, nurse, nutritionist, case manager, and/or mental health provider to help you achieve your health care goals. (Pharmacy hours and phone: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; 210.231.0383)
Behavioral Health: Mental Health Services are provided to individuals and families who are dealing with various life stressors. These services are conducted in a group or individual setting, and provided by Licensed Professional Counselors. All behavioral health programs are overseen by Howard Rogers, M.A., AARC’s Executive Director, also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and by Dr. Robert Jimenez, AARC’s Medical Director, a psychiatrist with a history of working with individuals living with HIV.
We accept Ambetter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Health Care, Medicaid, and Medicare, Superior. If you are uninsured, we can help determine your eligibility for medical and drug assistance programs.
The P.U.S.H (People Understanding Sexual Health) program, provides testing, outreach, and education to the community as well as linkage to care for HIV-positive individuals.
In 2016, AARC joined with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at UT Health San Antonio to house the new Pride Community Clinic (PCC), a student and doctor led effort to serve the uninsured and underinsured lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The PCC will offer primary care for this community on designated evenings, while providing linkages to vital mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse services. The PCC further aims to expose interdisciplinary UT Health San Antonio student volunteers to the needs, concerns, and unique experiences of the LGBTQ population.
The Pride Community Clinic serves self-identified LGBTQ patients recruited through marketing and outreach to the greater San Antonio. PCC patients will be welcome regardless of sex, race, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, insurance coverage, funding ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In addition, a special focus of the Pride Community Clinic will be to serve homeless LGBTQ populations and the local transgender community, two of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the city of San Antonio.As it delivers primary care, the clinic will provide sexually transmitted infection testing, hormone replacement therapy for transgender patients, and connection to HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
Patients must be 18 years of age or older. LGBTQ patients can be assured that all volunteers within the clinic are trained to be sensitive to LGBTQ issues.
Social Services provided by AARC include:
During your first visit with us, you will be meeting with our Intake Specialist who will collect all the eligibility documents as well as our agency documents in order to be eligible for services. You can expect to spend about 30-50 minutes with the Intake Specialist.
Be prepared to bring: