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
Hello All, the COMPLETE text of the testimony, to DC Department of Housing and Community Development, as rendered by PP on November 19, 2009 at the Reeves center, has been posted
In the coming days and weeks, we will be tailoring the testimony and submitting it to DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and to as many members of the DC City Council as possible... As usual we will keep you updated of our progress
DC Fights Back becomes the newest coalition member. Learn more about DC FIGHTS BACK, a very active DC-Based advocacy and volunteer organization of people living with HIV/AIDS... We are thrilled to welcome them to our growing coalition and we look forward to working with them on many events in the future ... Learn more about DC Fights Back by visiting www.dcfightsback.org
Positive Places members Anita Balan and Sarah Peterson testified to DC Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday November 19 at Reeves Center, Washington DC. The ENTIRE testimony will soon be posted on the website..
The meetings with experts to get their advice and formally invite them to the coalition took place on November 10, 2009
Shideh, Marquita and Anita meeting with leaders of our coalition groups who are also our experts on HIV and Housing and helped us invaluably with getting Positive Places off the ground. This picuture has Shideh, Marquita with Executive Director of National AIDS Housing Coalition - Nancy Bernstein and her Operational Manager Lola Adele-Oso.
Shideh, Marquita and Anita with Our second coalition organization Housing Works and local DC HIV and Housing expert Christine Campbell :)