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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


Join AIDS United at the United States Conference on AIDS

Later this week, September 10 - 13, the 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place here in Washington, DC. The conference is the largest HIV/AIDS- related conference in the United States and will bring together activists, providers, case managers, and more.

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 08, 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


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


Team Atlanta Makes it Cool to Care about HIV Prevention

These events were eye opening for us because we were able to really get into the community and converse with other young people face-to-face. There is a great need for the HIV testing and counseling services we provide, and personally speaking, I think the students appreciated that we’re not just professionals; we’re their peers too. We’re at similar points in our lives, and we’re able to connect with them as young people who care about our health and our community. In essence, we make it cool to care!

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Our Partners…Our Inspirations…

One of our favorite women spent over two months in the hospital, incredibly sick and undiagnosed because doctors didn't think to test her for HIV (perhaps because she is a woman, African-American, professional, or all of the above). As she lay dying, doctors eventually tested her and learned that she was living with HIV/AIDS. Despite a bleak diagnosis at that time, she is thriving today and a leading advocate for women living with HIV/AIDS in our community. She is our partner and our inspiration.

Posted By: Lauren Banks, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer, AIDS Alabama Dafina M. Ward, JD, Chief Prevention Officer, AIDS Alabama - Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Team Atlanta Honors Local Human and Civil Rights Leaders

Team Atlanta spent MLK Day of Service by volunteering at a breakfast co-sponsored by our Operating Site, AID Atlanta. The Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast is an event held annually on MLK Day that honors the human and civil rights work done by local leaders and advocacy groups.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Friday, February 06, 2015


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


"It’s ‘Bout Time We Had This Meeting!": One Southern Activist’s Reflection on the White House Meeting on HIV in the Southern United States

The southern region, a paradox of the most beautiful and the most hideous elements that make up the soul of this nation, is the barometer of the health and wellbeing of the United States, and it is home to nearly half of all people living with HIV in the U.S.

Posted By: Dázon Dixon Diallo, MPH Founder/President SisterLove, Inc. - Friday, July 11, 2014

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