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Client-Centered Counseling Works!

I recently started my AIDS United AmeriCorps service year at Howard Brown Health Center as a Clinic-Based Health Educator. I provide HIV testing and counseling and help clients find safer sex methods that work for them. To put it simply, I talk about sex - a lot! Many of the clients I see are engaging in sexual activities that I do not have experience with. Not having personal experience in a certain area can make it difficult to discuss applicable risk reduction methods, so it is important to allow the client to guide the conversation and maybe even educate the educator.

Posted By: Glenn Corregano, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Chicago - Monday, October 05, 2015


Resilience and Hope in the Decade after Katrina

What is “home”? Asking this question, we often get responses in platitudes such as “home is where the heart is.” People on the Gulf Coast however, cannot think of home without equating it with Hurricane Katrina because it’s exactly what the storm took from them. It has been a decade since the storm but even now, too many people remain displaced. While much of the New Orleans metro area has been rebuilt, an estimated 100,000 or more New Orleanians have not been able to return home. Some haven’t had the means to come home, while others have returned to an unrecognizable place where home once was.

Posted By: AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Look Out, It’s the Sex Police

As an AIDS Funding Collaborative/AIDS United AmeriCorps member serving with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, my role in the fight for an AIDS-free generation is quite comprehensive. Beyond providing testing and prevention outreach and education, I also work closely with our team of Disease Intervention Specialists, or DIS officials for short. Sometimes they’re called the “health care bounty hunters,” sometimes the “sex police,” but to me, Cleveland’s DIS officials are public health heroes.

Posted By: Josh Kratz, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team Cleveland - Friday, September 25, 2015


Seeing the Unseen: Life Beyond the Capitol

What a year! As my fellow Washington, D.C. AIDS United AmeriCorps teammates move on to graduate school, new jobs, and glorious journeys I look back on a year of service with much gratitude. Our year culminated on June 17th with an award ceremony for our long-term project, DC UnSeen: Life Beyond the Capitol. Our aim for the project was to give clients from eight of our host agencies the chance to show greater-DC their life through the lens of camera. With 75 participants, over 1,000 photos, and a generous amount of prize money fundraised, we were able to host two pop-up events around the city and celebrate the participants’ work with a glorious final event.

Posted By: Joseph Caldwell, AIDS United AmeriCorps Member, Team DC - Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Joseph’s House: Community, love, and laughter

Healing and care at Joseph’s House manifests in meals shared around a table, conversations on the porch, and sometimes s’mores around a campfire. These simple acts are what care at Joseph’s House is all about. It’s more than just a hospice center; it’s a home.

Posted By: Trish Ike and Keaton Cameron-Burr, AIDS United Americorps Team DC - Thursday, September 03, 2015


Creating a Safe Space for Queer Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Chicago

Tasked with creating and implementing a legacy project concluding our AmeriCorps service year – AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Chicago decided to work with homeless and unstably housed LGBT Youth, a group of people all too often overlooked in mainstream media and underserved in local social service programs.

Posted By: Riley Smith, AIDS United Americorps Team Chicago - Friday, August 28, 2015


AIDS United: Making the Promise a Reality

For almost three decades, AIDS United has supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected people, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South, people struggling with substance abuse, those living in poverty, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, July 16, 2015


Raising Awareness Through Conscious Creations

Conscious Creations is a campaign to raise HIV awareness in the greater Cleveland area, specifically among youth. Team Cleveland created an art contest to engage high school-aged youth in Cleveland to think about HIV and how it may affect them and their peers. We chose to focus on the youth of Cleveland because this is disproportionately the most affected group. Youth aged 13-24 make up 24% of the new diagnoses in Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located. We wanted to be able to reach this population to increase awareness and reduce stigma around HIV.

Posted By: Effie Morwa, AIDS United Americorps Team Cleveland - Thursday, July 16, 2015


Mission Accomplished: Team Atlanta Wraps Up Their Service Year

Also during the week, AID Atlanta was invited to the Test Atlanta Testers’ Brunch and Awards Ceremony, an event honoring all of the various agencies providing HIV testing services throughout the city. We were pleasantly surprised when we came away with three awards! We were the recipients of awards for health department service, the community-based organization of the year, and the collaboration of the year, partnering for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with the Tau Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and their Twenty Pearls Foundation.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Tuesday, July 14, 2015


“Taking HIV Prevention to Church”

Everywhere you look in New Orleans, the face of God follows. Our football team is composed of Saints. A classic image of our city is St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square with its three black spires pointed toward the heavens despite that its foundation is below sea level. There are streets named for Christian martyrs, as well as Piety Street, Annunciation Street, and the most straightforward of all, Religious Street. Although many faiths are practiced freely in New Orleans, including Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, and even Santeria, the Christian influence on the city is perhaps the oldest and most pronounced in its landscape.

Posted By: Alison Huddleston, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team NOLA - Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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