Founded in 1979, the Mazzoni Center was originally known as the Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives (PCHA). The health agency was organized to provide healthcare for Philadelphia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
PCHA was founded just two years before the HIV & AIDS epidemic was first recognized. It quickly organized the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force (PATF), which became the first [AIDS service organization] in Pennsylvania. Today, the Mazzoni Center is the oldest HIV service provider in the state.
Medical Care: Services focus on LGBT needs. The Mazzoni Center has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine to provide healthcare at a clinic located near the hospital.
HIV & STD Testing: The Mazzoni Center offers free, confidential HIV and sexually transmitted infection screenings at the Washington West Project in Center City Philadelphia.
HIV Care: Medical case management is offered for clients who need help obtaining medical care, insurance, public benefits, food, housing, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and other resources.
Health Education: Services from the Prevention/Education Department offer education, outreach, and counseling services.
Legal Issues: Legal assistance is offered for low-income LGBT individuals facing discrimination, harassment, family issues, writing wills, and more.
Counseling & Behavioral Health Support Groups: Mental health and substance abuse treatment programs are available for individuals, couples and families.