Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The ZIP Files Continue Part 2

New Partnership with the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) Supports Providers with Materials in Clinics to Urge Patients to Test for HIV
Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic AIDS epidemic, has released new targeted media messages urging Americans to get tested for HIV as part of efforts coinciding with National HIV Testing Day (June 27). Greater Than AIDS will also be providing associated pride theme related material to the group STRILITE for use during Little Rock Pride October 5 at the Clinton Presidential Park.
Through this new partnership with the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) these materials will be available to be placed  in clinics to support providers in HIV outreach, and an ongoing partnership with Walgreens offers free HIV Testing in select pharmacies. Greater Than AIDS is also distributing nearly 10,000 kits containing 1.25 million HIV testing-themed outreach materials to health care providers across the country to encourage HIV testing as a part of routine care. Greater Than AIDS is also providing I Got Tested community materials to health departments and community organizations across the nation. Unfortunately as of post time, COP 24/7 could not discover that any of these free materials were being acquired for distribution in Arkansas nor any local stores participating in this effort despite the state having a distinct Walgreens presence. 
By profiling real-life stories of people who got tested – including both those with positive and negative results – the I Got Tested campaign highlights the importance of knowing one’s status regardless of the outcome, routinizing testing, and reducing stigma. Media ads appearing throughout June promote free and low-cost testing in communities by promoting hotlines and web-based resources provided by departments of health and agencies and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more info:
Community Catalyst Confab in ATL
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build the consumer and community leadership that is required to transform the American health system. The group is holding its annual meeting, June 25-27 at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel, in Atlanta, GA. 
Delegates from around the country involved in educating and enrolling around the Affordable Care Act will be present during the convening. Arkansas will be represented by COP 24/7 Executive Director and Living Affected staffer C. Mabin during the end week meeting. Mabin served as a "In-person" assister as the ACA program begin seeking individuals to enroll last October. The Living Affected Corporation was responsible for seven counties with a target of 2800 to be served with a primary focus in the LGBTQ community. 
The meet up will focus on "best practices" of building coalitions, outreach to hard to reach communities and break out sessions to discuss effective strategies that each state represented encountered or perhaps challenges that could be strategized from participants. Mabin has been asked to be apart of the LGBTQ roundtable discussion that will be apart of the overall programming. Watch the COP 24/7  Facebook platform for "real time" coverage from the event.
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