Positive Places proposed a new objective along with rationale and sources of information to the HIV section of Healthy People 2020 - a set of health objectives set by government to achieve within various health issues.
You can visit HERE and read the text of the proposed objective.
PP also contributed to National AIDS Strategy and stressed the importance of housing as a prevention and care strategy for addressing the AIDS epidemic in the nation.
In the coming weeks and months, we will try to increase our influence and make our voices heard in as many ways as possible.... Make sure you come back to the blog to checkout our latest developments....
PP is ready to make it's name known to the DC City Council. Just today we submitted our revised testimony to DC City Council's Committee on Health, chaired by David. A. Catania. The Committee is holding a Public Oversight Round table for the Performance of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration. We may have an opportunity to provide oral testimony in front of the committee in January when a public hearing is expected to be scheduled. Whatever happens, you will hear from us
On Saturday October 3, Whitman Walker clinic (one of the largest HIV/AIDS care and service-providers in D.C.) held its annual fundraiser through AIDS walk. Several PP members participated and kicked-off our petition drive at this walk which was attended by thousands of metro Washington residents. Below are some of the pix
2009 AIDS Walk attended by PP members Marquita, Shideh and Adeola...
Rally before the walk
PP member Anita participating in the walk
AIDS Walk participants in thousands from metro Washington
It was held at the APHA bldg from 6:30 -8:30 PM on Wednesday December 2, 2009
PP member Shideh talking with Karyn Pomerantz, chair of Health Disparities committee
Members Shideh and Cristen
Positive Places member Erin, along with our committee's poster
MWPHA President Aisha Moore conversing with two other friends of MWPHA
The Rally ,with the theme 'Systems Failure' was held in front of the White House and then the march continued to D.C Mayor's office. Below are a few pictures from the event.
Positive Places members (L-R) Anita, Sarah, Marquita and Shideh at the end of the rally at the plaza in front of the D.C Mayor's office.
Our Professor, and adviser Dr. Caroline Sparks carrying a sign and participating in the rally
From Right to Left, Positive Places member Sarah Peterson with fellow Lola of National AIDS Housing Coalition, Karyn Pomerantz- our mentor, and Chair of MWPHA Health Disparities Committee, George Kerr -Co Chair of DC Fights Back, Christine Campbell of Housing Works and another HIV/AIDS activist from Women's Collective.
The coalition is waiting outside Mayor Fenty's office waiting to meet him and hand him the hundreds of signatures collected through semester long petition drives. We DEMAND from the Mayor, a COMPREHENSIVE HIV PLAN that includes ending the HOPWA housing wait list of PLWHA in the District and lifting 1000 feet ban on needle exchange in the District