Getting Back to Our Roots: Engaging People Living with HIV as More than Just Patients
Positive Organizing Project, supported by the Gilead Foundation, 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.
“Empowering people living with HIV and creating local coalitions to make change in their communities is just as critical now as it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago,” said AIDS United President & CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. "Great things have been accomplished when people living with HIV have come together as advocates and leaders. The Positive Organizing Project is channeling our movement’s powerful legacy of leadership and grassroots mobilization to tackle a new generation of problems.”
From focusing on the unique needs and experiences of transgender women, providing mentorship and policy training to youth living with HIV, mobilizing African Americans in Indiana, to expanding peer support for women living with HIV – each of the 9 grantee organizations are harnessing the power and resiliency inherent in their communities to make a clear difference in the lives of people living with HIV.
The Power of Positive Voices - Webinar
The Power of Positive Voices, a webinar co-hosted with The US People Living with HIV Caucus, explored 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 HIV-positive involvement can have from the front lines of advocacy and peer services to the leadership of community organizations, Legacy Community Health Services' shared lessons learned from their own positive organizing work, and an introduction to a new funding opportunity from AIDS United for those interested in starting or growing their own positive organizing efforts.
The 2016-2017 Positive Organizing Project Grantees:
- AIDS Alabama - Birmingham, AL
- Brothers United - Indianapolis, IN
- Equality Foundation of Georgia - Atlanta GA
- Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. - New York, NY
- International Community of Women Living with HIV - North America - Summit, NJ
- Life Foundation - Honolulu, HI
- Louisiana Public Health Institute - New Orleans, LA
- National Native American AIDS Prevention Center - Denver, CO
- New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership - Santa Fe, NM
- Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services - Columbia, SC
- Positive Women's Network-SC - South Carolina
- Prevention Access Campaign - Brooklyn, NY
- Special Service for Groups - Los Angeles, CA
- SunServe - Wilton Manors, FL
- The Women's Collective - Washington, DC
The 2015-2016 Positive Organizing Project Grantees:
The 2014-2015 Positive Organizing Project Grantees:
For more information about POP, email: POP@aidsunited.org
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