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At the Intersection of Health & Social Justice: the Transgender Health Summit 2015

The collective energy and excitement among participants at the 2015 Transgender Health Summit was obvious upon our arrival. During the opening plenary, we learned that the due to community demand, the conference had nearly doubled in attendance since the previous conference. This growth parallels the long overdue attention to the needs and realities of transgender people in the US in regards to HIV prevention and treatment. AIDS United served as a sponsor of the event, and I felt proud to be a part of a team that added to the success of this important gathering.

Posted By: Maura Riordan, Vice President of Access & Innovation, AIDS United - Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Exchanging More than Needles: The Point of Replicating a Harm Reduction Housing Model

We, The Open Door, Inc., are ecstatic to announce our new partnerships, due to the generous support from AIDS United and MAC AIDS Fund! As a part of the Retention in Care portfolio, The Open Door, Inc. planned to aid other individuals or organizations in starting their own harm reduction, housing first program in two different cities.

Posted By: Christina Farmartino, MPH, Executive Director, and Joseph Hough, Social Work Intern, The Open Door, Inc. - Thursday, April 02, 2015


Sheroes Provide Hope

During the week of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we celebrate that we have supported over 1,300 women who were out of HIV care services or newly diagnosed connect to HIV medical care through our Access to Care initiatives. Women frequently balance multiple competing demands—caring not just for themselves, but for children, partners, and other family members; sometimes their own care can falls by the wayside. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the critical role peer navigators play in walking alongside these women and helping to create a path to care that is personalized and realistic.

Posted By: Erin Nortrup, Senior Program Manager - Access to Care, AIDS United - Monday, March 09, 2015


A Day at The Damien Center

A woman has visited the food pantry and now waits for her appointment in the medical clinic. One patient is learning about health insurance options while the partner of an individual living with HIV is learning about preventive medications. The testing center is busy, helping clients learn their status and explore different prevention methods.

Posted By: Kimberly Reynolds, Marketing Manager, Damien Center - Thursday, December 11, 2014


Medical AIDS Outreach: Using Telemedicine to Reach Rural Alabama

Medical AIDS Outreach (MAO) of Alabama was recently honored to be featured as part of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Investment Spotlight during the Grantee Convening in Washington DC on September 17th and 18th. Further, we were thrilled when our project was selected as one of 11 programs featured at the What Works Showcase at the White House on September 19th. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama and our collaborating partners at AIDS Action Coalition and Whatley Health Services have used SIF backing to move medical and support services, using High Definition telemedicine technology, to underserved poverty stricken counties in Alabama.

Posted By: Michael Murphree, LCSW, CEO Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama - Monday, September 29, 2014


Positive Pathways: Peers Removing Barriers to Care

Community. Tenacity. Impact. And lots of laughter. That’s what attendees of the Social Innovation Fund’s Annual Grantee Open Plenary learned about and experienced while listening to the SIF In Action panel on September 17, 2014. Robin Thomas, one of the panel speakers, spoke about her experiences as a Positive Pathways Community Health Worker.

Posted By: Jennifer H. Jue, MPH, Senior Program Officer, Washington AIDS Partnership - Monday, September 22, 2014


A New Model of Care: The Trans* Wellness Project

Mazzoni Center is the only health care provider in the Philadelphia region specifically targeting the unique health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest AIDS service organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the fourth-oldest in the nation. As the organization has evolved to meet the needs of our constituents, Mazzoni Center has combined HIV/AIDS-related services and health services and developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in service delivery...

Posted By: Laura Sorensen, Trans* Care Coordinator, Mazzoni Center - Tuesday, August 19, 2014


World Hepatitis Day 2014: "Think Again"

World Hepatitis Day, on July 28, is an annual reminder of the fight that remains to battle this global killer. Around the world, viral hepatitis -- primarily hepatitis B and C -- kills as many people as HIV/AIDS, and in the United States, hepatitis C-related liver illnesses are both a leading cause of death for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and independently surpassed HIV/AIDS deaths in 2007. As one of the communities disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis, at least 25% of PLWHA also have hepatitis C, and about 10% are co-infected with hepatitis B.

Posted By: Christine Rodriguez, Public Policy Manager, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable - Friday, July 25, 2014


Making HIV Care Connections with Incarcerated Clients

One in seven people living with HIV will pass through the prison system at some point in their life.* ActionAIDS created the Philadelphia Linkage Program, 23 years ago, to support these specific individuals within this marginalized population. Serving primarily those newly diagnosed, and/or those at the highest risk of becoming lost to care, we provide our Case Management services to those incarcerated within the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS).

Posted By: Odessa Summers, BS Senior Prison Medical Case Manager, ActionAIDS - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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