APO provides medical, financial, and educational services–both to our clients and to the public–in 29 counties in Southwest Missouri. Click on the links above to learn more about our services or our service area.
APO offers a wide range of services. We are dedicated to assisting HIV-positive individuals who require medical or financial support
HIV Counseling and Testing
APO offers confidential HIV testing both on and off-site. This program offers risk assessment and risk reduction information. Persons testing positive for HIV are immediately offered medical care and case management services. Testing is currently available by appointment only.
Case management (CM) is offered to all HIV-positive individuals who live within the 29-county service area. CM’s provide client assistance with medical, dental, and psychological referrals, and transportation and financial assistance. For more information contact Becki Hearon, Client Services Director at 417-881-1900 or 1-800-743-5767.
Medical Care/Clinic Services
APO covers HIV-related laboratory and infectious-disease care for HIV-positive individuals who have no insurance or other benefits and who are within the income guidelines. Case Managers and clinic staff refer clients to primary-care and infectious-disease specialists. People can be seen at the main clinic in Springfield or by physicians located throughout the region. For more information contact Melissa Tiffany, Clinic Manager at 417-881-1300 or 1-800-743-5767.
Family Case Management
Family Case Management (FCM) offers supportive services and family-centered case management to HIV-Positive individuals and their family members, partners, spouses, or significant others. For more information about FCM, contact Becki Hearon, Client Services Director at 417-881-1900 or 1-800-743-5767.
Linkage to Care
Linkage to Care is designed to assist HIV-positive individuals establish and maintain medical care by reducing or eliminating access barriers. Referrals can be made to; communicate an individual’s positive HIV lab result, for referrals into infectious disease care, family/client consults, clinical in-services on HIV/AIDS, and potential assistance with medical expenses. For more information or to make a referral for a patient please contact APO at (417) 881-1900 and ask for the Linkage to Care department. Printed materials are available.
Medication is a key component in the treatment of HIV. While all medical and case management staff educates and discusses adherence issues with clients, APO has developed a program to assist individuals in maximizing medication adherence. Clients meet with the peer treatment advocate to discuss the best options for managing medication issues.
APO maintains a pantry stocked with personal care items and house cleaning items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. The pantry is dependent on donations, so supplies are limited and availability varies. Stocking the pantry is a great way for churches, schools, and other groups to assist persons living with HIV in the Ozarks.
Every Winter Holiday season, APO hosts the Client Holiday Party for the clients and their families and friends. Food, entertainment, and Santa are provided. Clients are encouraged to complete and APO Holiday Application if they would like their children or grandchildren to receive gifts from Santa. Gifts can also be given to those children who do not attend the party. For more information contact Becki Hearon, Client Services Director at 417-881-1900 or 1-800-743-5767.
Prevention and educational outreach
APO provides prevention outreach throughout the 29 county region. Prevention programs are provided to homeless shelters, youth group homes, community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, public schools, area universities and colleges, youth centers, churches, and community organizations. HIV education and risk reduction is also provided to medical facilities and health care workers. Pamphlets, literature and video tapes are also provided.
APO serves 29 counties in Southwest Missouri:
Barry | Barton | Cedar | Christian | Dade | Dallas | Dent | Douglas | Greene | Hickory | Howell | Jasper | Laclede | Lawrence | McDonald | Newton | Oregon | Ozark | Phelps | Polk | Pulaski | St. Clair | Shannon | Stone | Taney | Texas | Webster | Wright | Vernon
The counties APO serves are show in pink:
Giving your time and serving people in need is a very rewarding experience. It would be impossible to run APO without dedicated volunteers.
What will I be asked to do?
As a volunteer, you may be asked to assist with the following:
- Assisting staff at community events
- Helping clients with their needs
- Assisting staff with office work
- Assisting staff with public HIV-Education
If you are interested in becoming an APO volunteer, please complete the form below, or contact Sophie Slater at 417-881-1900 or 1-800-743-5767