Friday, June 20, 2014

Doing the COP 24/7 Shuffle and More

NABWMT Countdowns to national Conference

The 2014 Convention Planning Committee for the 34th Annual Convention to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 8-12, 2014 will host its membership to a variety of enlightenment sessions under the theme: Reflecting, Rekindling, Renewing.

National Co-Chair Mr. Mark Behar announced that the conference will launch on Wednesday evening with a Meet and Greet Gathering at Ayzha (pronounced “asia”) Fine Arts Gallery and Boutique with the first ever Art Invitational by NABWMT artists and performers. Behar stated that, "this will be dazzling and this activity is kindly being supported by our friends and brothers of Midland Regional."

Thursday night:  Madam X Talent/No Talent Show at Warehouse/Hot Water, with an incredible sound system, stage, and lighting, with the organizations own in house music maker, DJ Doug.
Friday night: Film and discussion by director and a panel discussion by Queer Youth and Mentors at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

In addition, guest presentations by Derek Spencer of Baltimore’s Jacques Initiative (courtesy of Gilead Pharmaceuticals), Dr. Tito Izard, CEO of one of the area’s largest inner city community centers about disparity of health care, Dr. Mo White, on LGBT relationships, Dr. Kendal Broad on her study of NABWMT and interracial relationships, a first ever color guard by LGBT Veterans, and  the group's signature black and white caucuses, and a first ever health fair. COP 24/7 Executive Producer C. Mabin will present in regards to his literary project being supported via the entities Bush Mallon Institute for Social Justice.

The Doubletree Hilton Downtown will serve as the host hotel and there will be outings to local venues and activities across the city. For more info check out there web site,

White House Office of National AIDS Policy Announces Two Bay Area Listening Sessions

As part of a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has announced that it will be hosting two sessions in the Bay area later this month. The listening sessions will focus on local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. Mr. Douglas Brooks, ONAP’s newly appointed director, will lead both listening sessions, which will take place as follows:
  • Oakland, CA–Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
    Oakland City Hall Council Chambers – Corner of 12th and Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
  • San Francisco, CA–Thursday, June 26, 2014 (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
    UC Hastings College of the Law – Louis B Mayer Lounge – 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Use this link Exit Disclaimer to register for either of these listening sessions.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to better understand local and state level efforts related to the implementation of the NHAS, including discussion about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping advance the Strategy. The meetings are open to the public with the goal of engaging many stakeholders about the innovations, successes, and challenges being experienced at the state and local levels. Pre-registration is requested so that organizers know how many attendees to expect. To RSVP, please visit: Exit Disclaimer. Upon submitting your RSVP, you will receive a detailed confirmation letter via email.
Subsequent Listening Sessions
Later this month, ONAP will announce details of additional listening sessions to be held in Chicago and New York City.

AHPG Signs On to Campaign

The Arkansas HIV Planning Group proudly supports the efforts of UCHAPS ( Urban Coalition of HIV and AIDS Prevention Services) in their campaign to increase awareness concerning individuals getting tested and knowing their status.

The group also will be issuing a position paper on the campaign and its work during its Mid-year planning and strategy session held June 19-20 at the 4-H Center in Ferndale, Arkansas.

Check out our Facebook page(www.facebook/arkansashivplanninggroup ) for prevention messages, updates, links, videos and other resources in our mission to decrease infection rates in Arkansas.


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