Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Roll Out

So far June has been a barn burner of a month and that was before the first day of Summer last Saturday!. COP 24/7 has been in overdrive as we have journeyed across the state and Mid-south in our efforts to be on the scene of what's really going on. Often times our post get delayed or either pre-produced as a means of staying funky fresh in the break neck world of digital media. This especially true as often times cutting edge news happens so fast that COP 24/7 does it best to post it either on this platform or in real time on our associate Facebook page ( ). If you have not "Liked" our page, then by all means do so! Also consider joining our Rainbow Circle of Friends as a supporter of all the work this medium does to support equality advocacy and firm support of health equity for all. Your donations or support to of the placed Google Ad's allow this forum to keep reaching out with our creative process and voice to educate, empower and inform a wider range of policy makers and or representative who make decisions. And finally don't forget to subscribe, RSS feed or at least bookmark COP 24/7 to stay in the information fruit loop!  Do it Toda!!!

National HIV Testing Week: So What's Up Arkansas?

This week, June 21-27 is National HIV Testing Week, yet from what this forum has observed, no one seems to know it. Although COP 24/7 reported that the states AHPG has "signed on" as a supporter including a forthcoming position paper, there appears to little to no other interest according to events listed on the groups website at . However COP 24/7 did learn that a small post would occur on the Arkansas Department of Health's Facebook page and nothing else seems to be planned as we post.

Furthermore from our  research we've learned that this effort is the first ever National HIV Testing Week for the US. National HIV Testing Week USA which provides an unprecedented opportunity for partners (community based organizations, healthcare organizations and providers, other healthcare professionals, advocates and policy makers) across the US to unite for one week to help more people become aware of their HIV status and to encourage those who know their HIV status and are not in regular HIV medical care to start a discussion about treatment. Twenty national organizations have agreed to partner in sponsoring this outreach effort and we hope that the success of National HIV Testing Week USA will engage everyone in conversations about getting tested for HIV, getting treated for HIV and preventing HIV transmission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.1 million people believed to be living with HIV in the U.S., an estimated one in six do not know that they are infected. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives and is known to reduce the spread of HIV. Not matter what else is not happening or perhaps is not being communicated that is happening, COP 24/7 is doing our part to recognize the week and National HIV Testing Day, June 27! If you know of something that we've missed, don't hesitate to share that or your comments on how this health dilemma is being dealt with in Arkansas.


COP 24/7 Zip Line Articles and Updates 

An Update on Stakeholder Health 

By Heidi Christensen


Stakeholder Health (formerly known as Health Systems Learning Group) is a voluntary, peer-led learning collaborative that has enjoyed the participation (over the last two-and-a-half years) of some 90-plus organizations across diverse sectors. It developed out of a series of stakeholder convenings co-hosted by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Partnership Center at the Department of Health and Human Services and participating health systems.

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Heidi Christensen is Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Capacity Building & Grant Writing Training for Faith-based and Community Organizations

Event Date: Wednesday, July16, 2014; 9:00am- 4:00pm EDT

Event Location: Howard Gittis Student Center (1755 N. 13th Street - Morgan Hall D 301, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122)

Contact Information: Sayed Abubaker Phone: (202) 708-2404 Email:

The HUD Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships provides capacity building and grant writing-related trainings for faith-based and community organizations. Through the Capacity Building Training for Emerging Organizations launched in 2004, participants receive personal instruction from key HUD staff on how to become more competitive for Federal grants, secure 501(c)(3) status, and create the organizational structure necessary to secure government funds. Since its inception, the Capacity Building Training has grown to include information for intermediate and advanced organizations.

This program is designed to:

  • Address the misconceptions surrounding partnerships between faith-based organizations and the government
  • Equip non-profit groups with practical information as they strive to achieve economic empowerment and wealth creation for their communities
  • Educate faith-based and community organizations about opportunities available in HUD programs and the federal government

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