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People Organizing Positively (POP)

Getting Back to Our Roots: Engaging People Living with HIV as More than Just Patients

People Organizing Positively (POP), supported by Gilead Sciences, Inc., is designed to revitalize a grass-roots organizing movement among people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) that impacts HIV-related stigma, raises education and awareness among policy makers, and indirectly improves outcomes along the continuum of care. The program supports local organizing efforts to address stigma and engagement in care. This is being accomplished by (1) revitalizing the movement of HIV-positive mobilization in local communities, and (2) ensuring synergistic efforts that help us document models that are effective in achieving organizing goals, and can be shared and scaled elsewhere.

“Meaningful involvement of people living with HIV is critical at national, local and organizational levels. The approach of ‘nothing about us without us,’ means that people living with HIV are at the center of decision making on policy and programs,” said AIDS United President & CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. “As a person living with HIV, I’m proud that these grantees are promoting leadership for our people to help achieve our national and community goals for HIV.”

From leading a multi-state initiative empowering women living with HIV, addressing leadership development of people living with HIV through advocacy/storytelling, to multiple campaigns mobilizing community members to address HIV criminalization, the 10 grantee organizations are working to harness the power and resiliency inherent in their communities to make a clear difference in the lives of people living with HIV everywhere. Learn more about the 2018 POP projects

For more information about POP, email: POP@aidsunited.org


Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA)

MIPA Webinar

This webinar co-hosted with The US People Living with HIV Caucus, explores the history and value of meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in the national response to the epidemic. Viewers learned about the impact that involvement of people living with HIV can have, from the front lines of advocacy and peer services to the leadership of community organizations. Life Foundation of Hawaii shares lessons learned from their own positive organizing work.This is an important webinar to watch for those interested in starting or growing their own positive organizing efforts.


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MIPA Factsheet

This resource from AIDS United and The US People Living with HIV Caucus shares best practices to incorporate MIPA into your organization, including how MIPA benefits CBOs, tools to assess MIPA at your organization, and mechanisms for greater involvement of people living with HIV. This work takes time but the investment in MIPA is critical, doable, and well worth the effort.

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MIPA and Young Adults: Focusing on Ageism and Adultism





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