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Guest Blog: Building a Harm Reduction Community in Rural Colorado

At the Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project, we work in the small mountain towns of Clear Creek County, Colorado, creating and maintaining relationships with people who inject drugs. We are a three-person volunteer grass-roots organization, handing out supplies donated to us in bulk, and depending on word of mouth to reach new clients. We act in response to simple, stark need: our county has no rooted health services and no efficient way to address injection drug use.

Posted By: Susan Purchase & Elizabeth Stuart, Rocky Mountain Morpheus Project - Wednesday, October 26, 2016


AIDS United at the National Harm Reduction Conference

Next week, November 2-6, the National Harm Reduction Conference will take place in San Diego, CA. The conference is the most widely attended harm reduction gathering in the nation, and the only conference of its kind in the United States. Many AIDS United staff, grantees, and partners will share successes, strategies, and stories about their work throughout the conference. AIDS United will also be providing onsite technical assistance at our booth in the exhibit hall during the conference.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Three Debates: Little Guidance for Voters

If their primary purpose was to inform and educate the American electorate, this election's presidential debates have been an undeniable failure. Characterized by vicious personal attacks and a preoccupation with the candidates' past scandals, these debates were more spectacle than substance, with the end result being that vitally important topics like health care, HIV and drug policy were went largely ignored and unexamined.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 21, 2016


What to Expect From Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment in 2017

The Affordable Care Act has enabled 20 million previously uninsured Americans to obtain health insurance. But for many, including people living with HIV, knowing how to navigate the health insurance marketplace and find the right plan can be a daunting task. In this article, Carmel Shachar runs through the tips and tricks for making the most of the ACA's open enrollment season whether you're a Marketplace veteran or looking for health insurance for the first time.

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Posted By: Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH, Harvard University Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation - Friday, October 21, 2016


Bandage It or Blow It Up? Clinton & Trump Offer Differing Health Care Plans During Debate

During a 2nd presidential debate that was largely defined by the scandals that preceded it, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump found the time to share their plans on how to improve the nation's health care system. With approaches that reflected the tone and tenor of their campaigns along with the platforms of their respective parties, the candidates tried to convince voters to buy into their vision for the future of health care reform in America.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: Unity in Diversity

Every year at the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people living in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain and Latin America, we commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This brief article from Luis Scaccabarrozzi of The Latino Commission on AIDS shows the diversity and strength of the Hispanic/Latinx community in the United States while also shining a light on the unique challenges faced by leaders of the Latinx community, community based organizations, health departments, and elected officials in working to end the AIDS epidemic within the Latinx community.

Posted By: Luis Scaccabarrozzi, MPH, Senior Director of Health Policy, Latino Commission on AIDS - Friday, October 14, 2016


The NIH & CDC Expand Initiatives To Address HIV In Transgender Communities

For far too long, transgender people have been disproportionately affected by HIV and yet there is a distinct lack of reliable HIV surveillance data for transgender populations. With the NIH formally designating sexual and gender minorities as a disparity population for research purposes and the CDC recently issuing a brief outlining the importance of the transgender community in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the attention and resources devoted to research around HIV and transgender people will increase.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 14, 2016


This Isn't Just Research, It's Our Lives: Centering Trans Stories In HIV Treatment & Prevention

Data can tell a meaningful story, one that elicits understanding and creates an empathetic response to those who experience the world differently. It is well past time for the scientific community to start prioritizing HIV research specific to transgender people so that our stories can be heard.

Posted By: Emmett Patterson, Program Associate & Trainer - Friday, October 14, 2016


Maintaining the Balance: Lessons from Peer Evaluators

Since the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, peers have played critical roles in providing care for people affected by HIV, advocating for policy change to improve services, and helping people at high risk for the disease to develop life-saving risk-reduction skills. In the summer of 2015, I visited all five of the RiC grantees who used peers to conduct evaluation activities and conducted 20 qualitative interviews with peers and their program managers. While our findings from this study will be shared soon in the webinar “Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Evaluation and Data Collection” and in peer-reviewed journals, here are some highlights from the interviews.

Posted By: Mary Hawk, DrPH, LSW, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - Monday, October 10, 2016


New Voter Restrictions May Disproportionately Affect People Living With HIV

In the wake of The Supreme Court's decision to strike down key parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, the fears of many have come to fruition as states all across the country have instituted exceedingly strict voter laws in recent years. With people living with HIV being among the many sections of the nation's population that could be disproportionately affected by these laws, AIDS United takes a look at the nature of these new voter restrictions and lays out some ways in which people can fight back.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 07, 2016

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