World AIDS Day 2012 Activities of AIDS United Grantees

Below is a list of World AIDS Day activities of AIDS United grantees and stakeholders.  

AIDS Funding Collaborative (Cleveland, Ohio)
"For many years now  the AIDS Funding Collaborative in Cleveland has organized a grass roots outreach effort to educate the public – usually it focuses on promoting HIV testing, as well as the many community events occurring for World AIDS Day. We partner with our local public transit (RTA) and place volunteers at stations throughout the city and neighboring suburbs to reach commuters. We typically reach 5,000-7,000 with information. We work with our regional HIV/AIDS prevention and care planning bodies to recruit volunteers – mostly providers from across Cleveland as well as consumers. If the City or an ASO has a major event planned, we work with them to design/print collateral and hand that out as well. "

--Melissa Federman, MPH
The Center for Community Solutions

Bay Area Network for Positive Health (San Francisco, CA)
(participating partners)

HEPPAC/Casa Segura (new partner) is  providing a soft launch for a big Hip Hop for HIV (Bay Cares) prevention concert at the Fox in Oakland, CA that will be held on March 10, 2012.   A Tailgate HIV testing event at an Oakland Raiders Football game, in partnership with Get Screened Oakland (GSO) and AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) on December 2nd for World AIDS Day, focusing on youth (14-29y) of color but all welcome to test.  This event will allow those who want to go to the big concert in March to “Test for the ticket”.  Individuals whom are HIV + will get a ticket without having to retest.

Centerforce will be participating in a World AIDS Day event at California Medical (prison) Facility.
1. The participants will be members of our  Healthy Relationships Class (for people living with HIV)
2. The goal is to educate inmates and staff about the lives of people living with the HIV Virus.
3. There will be a 90 min or so long program and Centerforce will do a 20 minute  round table discussion dealing with stopping the spread of HIV and personal experiences.

The Mission Neighborhood Health Center has and is creating a workshop of Mask Making.
•  Two months prior to World AIDS Day, MNHC is inviting patients, staff and community members to participate in mask-making workshops. These masks and other art will be displayed at a gallery exhibit in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Food and drinks will be provided by local merchants. A ceremony to remember the lives lost to the epidemic will conclude the event. Donations will be welcome and masks and other art work will be available for purchase. All funds raised will go to support the mission of MNHC/Clínica Esperanza, which is to provide high quality, culturally sensitive and empathetic care to HIV positive individuals.

• Clínica Esperanza hopes the mask-making workshop and gallery event will bring together a diverse group of people to raise awareness of the impact of the HIV epidemic in the Latino community. Our goal is to reach over 75 clients directly through seven mask-making workshops and to reach over 250 clients and community members at the gallery exhibit on November 30th.

Catawba Care Coalition, (Rock Hill, South Carolina)

Catawba Care, the HIV/AIDS Service Organization in York County, would like to recognize this important day by partnering with Winthrop University’s Center for Career and Civic Engagement and Health & Counseling Services to host World AIDS Day Film Festival 2012. This event will be on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm at Dina’s Place located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00.

The focal point of the event will be the screening of a documentary about the impact of HIV in the rural South.  The film, entitled ‘deepsouth,” is a “documentary about the new American South, and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.” 

Following the screening, there will be a facilitated discussion with the film’s director Lisa Biagiotti to engage students in understanding the devastating impact of HIV in the rural South and the realities of addressing the epidemic within the context of Southern culture. Rock Hill is one of seven stops on Biagiotti’s film tour across the South during the week of World AIDS Day.

 -- Anita Case

Health Planning Council of Northern Florida

"Stigma has been identified by the Florida statewide needs assessment as a key barrier to care in our area. For this reason the Positive Champions Speakers Bureau’s mission is to reduce local stigma, it’s resulting discrimination and to educate the public on the facts about HIV/AIDS and prevention.  This is how we support the World AIDS Day goal of 'Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths' everyday.

"The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau is presenting a dinner play, “The Faces of AIDS,” as an extension of that mission.  The event features our speakers’ individual stories of living with HIV.  The presentation begins with one speaker on stage presenting their story in a stereotypical way as “THE” Face of AIDS, as the dialog progresses they are interrupted by various members of the PCSB positioned within the audience, whose personal stories broaden the scope of how our community is affected by HIV/AIDS. As each member stands and adds their story to the verbal quilt they end by saying ‘I am a Face of AIDS’.  Our secret hope is that someone unexpected in the audience will find the courage to stand and proclaim, perhaps for the first time, that they are a Face of AIDS.  The venue for the event, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, is one of our areas most sophisticated locations.  We combined the location and dinner theater format in hopes of drawing in members of the community that would not normally be involved in AIDS events, to cultivate unexpected partners/advocates and to raise funds.

"In addition to AIDS United/Southern REACH funding, the Health Planning Council/Positive Champions Speakers Bureau is joined by our new partners the Museum of Arts & Sciences and Encore Catering in sponsoring the event.  Our special thanks goes to Encore Catering who donated a large chunk of the catering cost to enable us to make this a first class event."

--Dawn Pietrewicz
Office Resource Manager/Planning Coordinator
The Living Affected Corporation (Little Rock, AR)

"The Living Affected Corporation and Strilite provide a day of HELP to those in need. This is the implementation of non-HIV services being incorporated to attack the trajectories to HIV/AIDS (Housing, Education, Food, Treatment and Employment)."

--Diedra Levi, CEO
Memphis Community Partnership (Memphis, TN)

"Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis Ryan White Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Mid-South AIDS Fund are presenting FAITH AND AIDS WORLD AIDS DAY CONFERENCE 2012: THE GOSPEL OF HEALING.'

The half day conference will consist of a community prayer breakfast, workshops and a viewing of the documentary film by Paul Grant ""The Gospel of Healing: Volume I: The Black Churches Response to HIV/AIDS"

The Gospel of Healing addresses the alarming HIV/AIDS rates and explore ways the faith community can create closer working relationships with people who have been infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Faith based organizations and communities of faith have a great influence on the community, and can play an important role in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care.

The conference goals are to empower faith leaders, the faith community and community organizations to use their influence to create safe spaces for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and to provide awareness, education and advocacy.

Speakers include film Director Paul Grant, Rev. Tony Lee and Rev. Edwin Sanders.

--Dustin James
New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

"NMCAP will be involved in two events for World AIDS Day.  The NM Consumer Advocacy Council, which we host, is collaborating with the HIV AIDS Advocacy Network and other groups to host an event at the Pueblo of Isleta.  There will be a reception with a number of speakers, focusing on the way HIV has affected and continues to affect the diverse communities of New Mexico, including Native Americans.  We are hoping to attract members of the HIV-impacted community as well as the general public.  Some time will be spent recognizing those who have died and those who have worked in the community over the years, but the real focus will be on how to mobilize people to take positive actions, moving forward.

We are also one of the sponsors of an event that will take place at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Fe.  They are bringing in some panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt which will be on display for several days and on World AIDS Day itself, there will be an evening event for the community.  Again, we will take time to remember those who have given their lives to HIV, and will then talk about what is happening now and how people can get involved to make a difference"

--Robert Sturm

Western North Carolina AIDS Project
  • November 26th through December 3rd -AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit  Focus: general public, Partners: Supporters, clients and PLWHA
  • November 27th- HIV/AIDS Public Policy Update with North Carolina AIDS Action Network at Western Carolina University, focus: college students, Young A.A. and LGBT, Partner: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.---Planned
  • November 30th- World AIDS Day ""Red Party"" in Asheville focus: youth, Partners: SISTA facilitator, Client, Community entertainers and club
  • December 1st -World AIDS Day Memorial Vigil in Asheville focus: General public and PLWHA and their families,Partners: Supporters, clients and PLWHA
  •  December 2nd -World AIDS Day Prayer Vigil in Asheville Focus: Faith based community, African Americans, Latinos, Partner: Churches
--Peggy Hughes Weil
Advocacy Coordinator