Sierra Outreaches one H.A.I.R. at a Time
COP 24/7 continues it efforts to recognize those on the front line of advocating in regards to keeping awareness front and center about new HIV infections. Business man and stylist Jessie Sierra has stepped forward in Helena with his Health Awareness and Information Resources entity as a tool in the delta to educate and link those identified to care.
As a Community Connector contractor, Sierra has had to forge a path where there was none while building his hair salon business in tow. "I'm interested in doing what I can to reach out and share my knowledge with the community."
Sierra said. Continuing, "I use a section of my salon as a private testing area and then I also go out to the local Boys & Girls Club (pictured right) to talk to kids about condoms, safer sex and answer questions. I really feel good about what I'm trying to do and hope that it makes a difference."
Sierra also has spoken publicly during National Latino Awareness Day, addressed the Arkansas HIV Planning Group, participated with his Connector colleagues and updates his Facebook page with newsworthy items and images in his efforts to send positive messaging to those whom view his page. To set HIV test appointment call or text 870-995-5294 and ask for Jessie. You can tell him that you saw him being featured on COP 24/7!
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has released the 2015 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (The Report) and corresponding blog post. For 20 years NASTAD has provided comprehensive and detailed information on programmatic aspects of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) through The Report, which contains background information as well as detailed findings and corresponding charts and tables. Please note that all of the resources related to the National ADAP Monitoring Project can be found on the NASTAD website.
Pride in the City
The 12th Annual Conway Pride Parade and Festival will roll out Sunday, June 7 from 2- 6pm in Simon Park, 805 Simon Street. Line-up for parade is at 1:00pm at 1605 Robinson Ave. at the pink house. If you or your organization would like to have a float, there is a $20 float fee. There is a $100 prize for best float! All are free to walk in or to watch the parade for free. This is LGBT pride so make yourselves and your floats look fun and fabulous!!!
To become a vendor or to have a non-profit booth or for more information please visit www.conwaypride.com Please contact Ashley Vickers if you are interested in being an entertainer this year.
The anniversary issue of The READ is now available in local venues and establishments. Call 501-379-8203 for advertising information for the upcoming Pride 2015 issues coming in June!