Adelante! Youth Leaders Advancing Health Equity (YLAHE)

MNHC’s youth program Adelante! Youth Leaders Advancing Health Equity (YLAHE) is a peer-based program for youth of high school age, from 13 to 17. The focus of this youth development program is to inspire youth and teach them the skills they need to be positive leaders among their peers and within their community.

Youth participants learn about important health educations topics, including alcohol awareness, HIV prevention, sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention and family planning. Peer educators and staff are available to hold workshops on various sexual health topics for youth programs and classroom presentations within San Francisco.

Workshop topics include:

  • • Reproductive Anatomy and Confidentiality
  • • Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
  • • Birth Control Awareness
  • • Drug and Alcohol Use Awareness
  • • Healthy Relationship and Communication Skills

Each year, we hire volunteer peer outreach educators and provide them with a stipend. Volunteers apply for a yearlong position from October to May. We’re no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year, but please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the Adelante! program.

For more information about the program, to schedule a workshop or to request an in-service for your organization, please call (415) 552-1013 extension 2339 or e-mail Julia Madnick at 

Funded By The Children And Youth Fund

HIV Testing, Counseling and Linkage to Care

The HIV Counseling, Testing, and Linkages (CTL) Program offers free, rapid, confidential HIV tests. Results can be ready in as little as 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary. Please visit us at the following times and locations:

Mission Neighborhood Health Center
240 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 431-3212
Tuesday – Wednesday & Thursay: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Latino Wellness Center
1663 Mission Street, Suite 603, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 240-4104
Monday and Wednesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday Fridays: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center
165 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 869-7977
Tuesday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

HIV Treatment Outreach and Linkages

The HIV Treatment Outreach team works in the community to raise awareness of HIV, share information about prevention, and link persons living with HIV to care, treatment, and essential supportive services. HIV prevention and treatment awareness groups are organized by the Treatment Outreach Workers at various agencies to increase engagement in health care for HIV positive and HIV negative persons.

Medical Clinic

  • • Primary care: preventative services and acute/”sick” visits
  • • Wound and abscess care
  • • Tuberculosis screening and vaccination
  • • Integrated behavioral health (counseling and psychiatry)
  • • HIV and STD Testing
  • • Medication access programs
  • • Dental care

Phone: (415) 510-8282

Chronic Care Program

MNHC is committed to improving the lives of individuals with chronic conditions. We provide health education to improve patient confidence to manage their conditions, helping them to avoid complications, build greater self-efficacy and improve their health. Patients may participate in individual self-management instruction or group health education. Our chronic care programs are listed below:

  • Individual One-on-One Counseling (with referral from an MNHC medical provider)

    We offer individual nutrition counseling and health coaching for the following chronic conditions:

  • • Pre-Diabetes
  • • Diabetes
  • • Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • • Asthma
  • • Overweight and Obesity
  • Monthly Group Diabetes Education Series

    An opportunity for patients to join together and learn from one another and their health providers. Participants will gain a better understanding of how their behavior, food choices, lifestyle and approach to their diabetes affects their health. Topics include:

  • • The patient’s central role in managing their diabetes
  • • Effective self-management support strategies that include assessment, goal-setting, action planning, problem-solving, & follow-up
  • • Organizing resources to provide support
  • • Nutrition classes and cooking classes
  • • Tips for communicating with your doctor
  • • Glucose (blood sugar) control
  • Peer-to-peer (Promotores) Diabetes Program

    Local community members with diabetes provide prevention and self-care education within their neighborhoods, with others who also suffer from diabetes. Promotores support MNHC events and work closely with other patients and their families. The program is a collaboration with community organizations including the San Francisco Department of Public Health, American Diabetes Association, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC) the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), and others.

    Weight Management
  • • Individual counseling with a Registered Dietitian (referral by an MNHC medical provider required)
  • • Nutrition and Exercise Classes scheduled throughout the year

For more information about our chronic care programs, please contact: Jacqueline Gaytan, RD, Chronic Care Coordinator at (415) 552-1013, extension 2221.

Community Programs

MNRC offers the following programs:

  • • Weekly support groups: Blackness, El Grupo (Spanish), and Men’s group
  • • Community and Leadership Development: Neighborhood Internship for men and L-Nternship for women
  • • Ladies’ Night: a safe and supportive space for biological and transgender females who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in collaboration with Women’s Community Clinic and Homeless Youth Alliance
  • • New programs: Monthly Men’s Saturday and LGBT Saturday
  • • Education and cultural events

El Club de Centering

As part of its comprehensive prenatal program, MNHC offers patients the opportunity to prepare for their pregnancy in a group setting that fosters learning and community support. The patients are grouped by their delivery dates and meet together with a midwife and health educator throughout their pregnancy. Centering Pregnancy © services are currently only offered in Spanish. The group sessions include:

  • • Medical care by Certified Nurse Midwives
  • • Regular visits with nutritionist, health educator and social worker
  • • Health education classes including preparation for labor, breastfeeding, postpartum care, maternal nutrition and how to care for your baby
  • • Social support groups and activities
  • • Post-delivery follow up care

For more information, please call (415) 552-3870 extension 2549.

Hermanos de Luna y Sol

Hermanos de Luna y Sol (Brothers of the Moon and Sun), is an HIV risk-reduction intervention program for Spanish-speaking gay/bisexual men. Established in 1995, HLS offers peer social support and a safe, fun environment where participants can connect with others with similar experiences. The program is based on research by Dr. Rafael M. Diaz and emphasizes cultural pride, community building, and personal empowerment as key factors that enhance a persons ability to practice safer sex, avoid HIV infection and have healthy relationships. Program participants have reported safer sex practices, higher self-esteem and increased pride of being Latino/Hispanic and gay/bisexual as a result of participating in HLS. All services are provided in Spanish.

If you would like more information about participating in HLS, please call us at (415) 355-9058.

Group Sessions

Initial cycle:
All new clients are required to participate in a five-hour intensive introductory workshop hosted once a month. Clients are required to participate in only one cycle. After completing the initial cycle…

Follow Up Groups:
Clients also have the opportunity to participate in follow up groups that cover topics relevant to the community such as mental health, self image, self-development and healthy living.

Group Hours:
Mondays – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesdays – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Latino Wellness Center unless otherwise specified for special events.

Individual Counseling

Hermanos de Luna y Sol clients may also participate in individual risk reduction counseling and support services such as Healthy San Francisco enrollment, referrals to mental health services, and linkage to non-HIV medical care.

Counseling Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays 9:00am to 3:00pm, or as scheduled.

1663 Mission Street, Suite 603
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 355-9056

Housing Support

Casa Quezada: a 52-unit long term housing facility, managed in collaboration with Dolores Street Community Services and the SFDPH Direct Access to Housing Program. MNRC provides Case management and behavioral health services to tenants of Casa Quezada.

MNRC also provides outreach and case management services to SRO tenants in the Mission, as part of the Mission SRO Collaborative.