Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The COP 24/7 Roll ON

Happy Birthday Twitter

By Miguel Gomez, Director,, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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Twitter Bird CakeTwitter turned 7 years old on March 21, 2013. According to the Twitter blog Exit Disclaimer, there are more than 200 million active Twitter users that create over 400 million tweets per day. And a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project Exit Disclaimer report on Twitter use found that Black Internet users and young adult Internet users tend to use Twitter at high rates.

As we’ve mentioned in prior blog posts (see below), Twitter is a tool that can be used to extend the reach of your HIV programs. Check out our page on Twitter to see how it’s used in response to HIV.
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Editors Note: As new platforms come on line, COP 24/7 has shared the latest info on how such sites could be instrumental in reaching the LGBTQ community. Although I support the build out of a state web based platform, it would be great if this forum could be used as a model or  perhaps adopted as that future platform. Why reinvent the wheel, when COP 24/7 has been putting out their for over seven years and counting. Talk about being ahead of the curve! Got thoughts, comments, observations, let's hear em and more. In the meantime, don't hesitate to share a gift or contribution to keep us rolling on.

EJF Announces Founder Receives Award

Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), received the 2013 Humanitarian Award from AIDS Foundation Houston’s CEO Kelly Young during a backstage presentation at his concert in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, March 28.

EJAF has proudly supported the work of the AIDS Foundation Houston since 1996. Most recently, in December 2012, EJAF awarded AIDS Foundation Houston a $50,000 grant to support Wall Talk, an HIV/AIDS prison peer education program to reduce the spread of HIV and infectious diseases within 114 Texas prisons. Wall Talk trains more than 1,500 incarcerated men and women each year to be peer educators, in order to reduce risky behaviors specific to the prison environment. Wall Talk also provides classroom HIV education to 80,527 inmates in Texas, which is over half the population of the largest prison system in the U.S.

“It takes an extraordinary philanthropist to support programs like our prison initiatives,” said Ms. Young. “EJAF identifies the most vulnerable populations and supports organizations with the best outcomes. AIDS Foundation Houston is honored that our Wall Talk Prison Peer Education Program meets the high standards needed to secure EJAF support.”

EJAF Board members Barron Segar and Sarah McMullen were on hand for the presentation, along with Ms. Young, AIDS Foundation Houston Development Director Melody Patelis, and AIDS Foundation Houston donor and philanthropist Margaret Williams.

Elton, David Furnish, and all of us at EJAF are profoundly grateful to our dedicated supporters for enabling grantees like AIDS Foundation Houston to carry out their lifesaving work.

COP 24/7 Seeking Content Providers

Since the inception of  this platform, I envisioned that it would be an interactive community town square where a variety of voices would be heard. In seven years of producing this forum, I have logged on to produce over 1200 post topping over 150,000 words. With that said, I've always been open to allowing interested parties with viable content to share their works on this platform. In the past I solicited the community in search of an individual who could serve as the next Executive Producer. However, despite all those shout out's the response has been marginal. Therefore I am at again with another appeal for original content producers or artists whom have works that they would like to showcase on this platform. If interested just hit us up in our in-box. Its just that simple. Let us hear from you today!!

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