Advocacy Toolkit: "HIV Legislative Week in Washington, D.C.: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Influencing Policy on Capitol Hill"
Thousands of HIV/AIDS advocates from across the country will assemble in Washington, D.C. for the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC), marches and mobilizations and to view the AIDS Quilt in late July and early August. This is a tremendous opportunity for the HIV/AIDS community to tell their legislators about the needs of people living with HIV in the United States.
AIDS United, along with our partners the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), theTreatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP), AIDSWatch, and the POZ Army, are seeking at least 500 HIV advocates from the United States to visit their Members of Congress while they are here in July and tell them how to reach an AIDS-free generation. Together we launched an "HIV Legislative Week in Washington, D.C.: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Influencing Policy on Capitol Hill" advocacy toolkit. This advocacy toolkit is specifically designed for HIV/AIDS advocates and packed with how-to guides, helpful tips and editable resources on how conduct successful legislative visits.
In addition, AIDS United, AIDSWatch, NAPWA, POZ Army and TAEP will be offering advocacy and communication opportunities throughout the conference and at the display of the AIDS Quilt!
Pledge to join hundreds -- even thousands -- other HIV advocates in visiting your Members of Congress while you are in Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference!
HIV/AIDS Advocates Katy Caldwell and Scot More Featured on NPR
HIV/AIDS advocates Katy Caldwell (Executive Director of Legacy Community Health Services and AIDS United Public Policy Committee member) and Scot More (Community Resource Manager of Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County) were featured as speakers on Tuesday, July 2's National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition segment titled "Advocates Worry Texas won't Expand Medicaid." They both expressed concerns for Texas's inflexibility in regards to development its health insurance marketplace and possible rejection of Medicaid money from the federal government.
Click here to listen to the NPR segment or read the transcript.
Hastings Introduces Resolution Recognizing 2012 International AIDS Conference
On Friday, June 29, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) introduced H.Res.713 in support of the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC) and to reconfirm the United States' commitment to addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic through research, prevention, and treatment programs. The 2012 IAC will be hosted in Washington, D.C. from July 22 to 27 and expected to attract over 20,000 delegates from 200 countries.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.
Click here to read the statement on Congressman Hastings' website .
Click here to read H.Res.713 .
Attending the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC?
Join the important conversation about the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy - its key accomplishments, challenges, and future directions - that will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012 from 1:30-3:30 PM in Session Room 9 at the Convention Center. The satellite session, titled "Achieving the Goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Future Directions," is being organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will feature federal, state, and community perspectives on implementation of the two-year old strategy. This satellite session will take advantage of this unprecedented gathering of those working in the field of HIV and will engage representatives from diverse sectors in a dialogue about NHAS accomplishments to date and how we can best move forward together to achieve the strategy's vision and goals. With pursuit of the NHAS goals in the forefront of U.S. participants' minds, AIDS 2012 will serve as a rich venue to learn about best practices -- and overcoming challenges -- from colleagues across the country and from other nations. These valuable lessons can inform and advance all facets of our own local, state, regional, and national efforts to treat and prevent HIV and turn the tide together. Read more about the session in Dr. Ronald Valdiserri's recent blog post, < http://blog.aids.gov/2012/05/aids-2012-satellite-meeting-on-implementation-of-the-national-hivaids-strategy.html >.
New HHS Funding Initiative Focuses Largely on Southern States
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 3-year, $44 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on June 8, 2012, focused largely on Deep South states with the goal of reducing HIV-related deaths and associated health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Eighteen state health departments are eligible to apply for funding, including 12 in the South. Twenty-five percent of funds received by state health departments must go to community based organizations.
Application Deadline Date: July 31, 2012, 11:59pm ET
To Access the Announcement & Application Package:
- Go to: www.grants.gov
- Select: "For Applicants"
- Select: "Find Grant Opportunities"
- Select: "Basic Search"
- Type in the Funding Opportunity Number, formatted as: CDC-RFA-PS12-1210.
2012 HIV/AIDS Law & Practice Conference
The American Bar Association (ABA) AIDS Coordinating Committee will convene its sixth biannual HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference on July 20-21, 2012, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., immediately preceding the XIX International AIDS Conference in D.C. Conference topics and participants will be multi-disciplinary and reflect both domestic and international issues in HIV/AIDS-related law, policy and practice.
Click here to register for the conference !
XIX International AIDS Conference - Still Time to Register!
The XIX International AIDS Conference, to be held July 22-27 in Washington DC, will host an expected 200 countries, 2,000 journalists, and 25,000 participants to address this year's theme of "Turning the Tide Together."
Find out more information about registration .
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July 24th HIV Mobilization Planned at International AIDS Conference
Large scale actions have traditionally taken place at each International AIDS Conference to draw public and media attention to HIV prevention, treatment and research. As the time for the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. approaches, some local and national HIV groups are continuing this tradition by calling for a community mobilization around human rights and economic justice on July 24th.
More information about the mobilization can be found here.
Want To Help Make History Demanding Female Condoms?
What could break a world record AND save lives at the same time? A paper doll!!
Thousands of paper dolls from dozens of countries will appear at the International AIDS Conference to demand accessible and affordable female condoms for all who need them. Each doll holds a unique message - representing the voice of one person demanding female condoms. Organizers of the Paper Dolls Campaign hope to present 28,000 dolls (almost four miles long to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest paper doll chain.
To do so, we need YOUR voice! Click here to write your message so it can be placed on a paper doll and added to the growing chain. It's fast and free. Be part of making history and, more importantly, saving lives by making effective HIV prevention accessible worldwide.
AIDS United Hiring Regional Field Organizer
AIDS United seeks a Regional Field Organizer to work with its grantees, partners, and allies to implement a coordinated national organizing strategy. The Regional Field Organizer will help mobilize grassroots state and federal HIV/AIDS-related advocacy to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Regional Field Organizer will be located in Texas.
Learn more about the Regional Field Organizer position .