Panhandle AIDS Support Organization

paso.pngAbout PASO

Founded in August 1987, the Panhandle AIDS Support Organization, Inc. (PASO) is a not-for-profit support agency offering education to the general public and emotional support to those persons infected with HIV disease in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

Today, PASO is a full service community based organization with a case management system which provides therapeutic counseling, support groups and transportation. PASO also makes referrals to doctors, dentists, and optometrists. The organizations offers educational programs tailored to the needs of civic groups, churches, hospitals, businesses and the general public.

AIDS Education and Training

PASO became a Local Performance Site of the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education Training Center in 2008.

In 2019 PASO began partnering with the University of New Mexico/Project ECHO and became part of the South Central AIDS Education and training Center. PASO is committed to improving the quality of life for patients living with HIV/AIDS through high quality professional education and training. Opportunities include in-house AIDS education programs, an Annual HIV /AIDS Symposium presented in collaboration with the Amarillo College Center for Continuing Healthcare Education, as well as online accredited education programs through Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s health.edu healthcare training website.

Dr. Arlene Hudson M.D. serves as PASO’s Clinical Director and principle educator. She is available for clinical consultations in an effort to improve clinical problem solving, and to impart the most up-to-date knowledge regarding specific HIV patient care. Dr. Hudson is able to address and explain a number of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Viral load & CD4 count
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • OI prophylaxis and management
  • Management of pregnant women with HIV infection
  • Resistance testing
  • Drug interactions & toxicity
  • Antiretroviral treatment options
  • Management of occupational exposure
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Staff:

  • Arlene Hudson MD, Clinical Director
  • Michael Timcisko, AETC Administrator, PASO Executive Director
  • Wendy Miller, AETC Education Coordinator, PASO Financial Manager
  • Ellie Saadat, AETC Education Coordinator, PASO Medical Case Manager

Website: https://panhandleaso.org/

Facebook: Panhandle AIDS Support organization, or PASOTX

Texas Tech: https://healthedu.ttuhsc.edu 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under grant number U1OHA33225 (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center). It was awarded to the University of New Mexico. No percentage of this project was financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.