New Website Offers Culturally Sensitive Referrals for LGBT Community

The Department of Public Health’s HIV Prevention Program works tirelessly all year to reduce the incidence of disease in our community while searching for innovative ways to make prevention and testing more appealing.

Thanks to a micro grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the University of Texas at Austin, a new website titled “The Purple Pages” will help connect clients to the services they are looking for.

“We know from research and experience that clients are more likely to follow through with testing and treatment if they are connected to the right people,” said Irene Ovalle, Program Manager.

The Purple Pages website is more than a referral list of LGBT-friendly health care and social services providers, it is also a sign of commitment to the community. Purple Pages is a searchable, standalone website optimized for mobile devices.

The development of the list began in 2013 as a response to community stakeholder concerns over cultural insensitivity in care settings for their LGBT clients and patients. Less than a week after going live, the website has had over 1,000 unique visitors from around the world.

The Purple Pages website is a project of the HIV Prevention Community Mobilization whose members invite the media to their next meeting in order to recognize those who helped make this endeavor possible. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 901 N. Virginia St.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health extends its sincere appreciation to the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Project Vida, Aliviane, University Medical Center, Outright Community Center, PFLAG El Paso, and other community partners for helping make this project possible.

The website will be continually updated. Local clinics and agencies interested in being a part of the program should send their contact information to [email protected].

The Purple Pages can be accessed at