Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Update Dish and Dash

Live it! Be it! Taking Ownership of Our Own Health!

Registration for the 13th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities

 The 2016 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities conference will take place January 21-24th at the Hilton LAX Hotel. This year they are expecting an even bigger turnout of healthcare providers, government officials, PLWHA, researchers, community members and more. Registration for this year’s conference can be found on our website at www.naesm.org under the Leadership Conference tab, which includes forms for scholarship and/or abstract submission.     
This year’s conference theme is “Live it! Be it! Taking Ownership of Our Own Health.” With HIV prevention rapidly changing through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), social impediments will continue to impact our communities’ abilities to access housing, employment, education, public safety, and even access to health care. For years, in the realm of public health, there has been a divide between those who are primarily focused on medical care and those who are focused on both public health and community health. Interventions are critical to black gay men, and advocates for both should be on the same team, given a shared interest in keeping individuals healthy. With a primary focus on ensuring the national capacity to conduct community health and HIV prevention work, the 2016 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities is allocating to double the number of scholarships awarded to applicants’ ages 19 to 25 years of age.  



Get to Know Your Community Health Center!

National Health Center Week is August 9-15

Celebrating 50 years!

Community health centers  (CHCs) provide high quality comprehensive health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.  For millions of Americans, community health centers offer services that include physical examinations, preventive services, behavioral health care, dental/oral health care, substance abuse counseling, nutrition education and sometimes more!  

The quality of care at community health centers equals and can surpass the care provided by other primary care providers.  Through their broad menu of primary and preventives services, they can offer a one-stop -shopping experience for families and individuals.   

CHC’s welcome Medicaid and Medicare patients, and also accept Marketplace insurance plans and other forms of private insurance.  CHC’s were created to serve medically underserved populations and provide appropriate and necessary services with fees adjusted on a patient’s ability to pay.

So find a CHC near you and connect to services in your community!


We admit that there's no magic pill, but getting linked and retained in care is vital in the effort to address all HIV infections.

Need assistance in getting into to care, navigating the care you may already have or knowing your HIV status? Call 877-293-6416 for more information.

Arkansas RAPPS, a Community Connector Initiative contractor is available to assist in Pulaski, Saline, Lonoke, Garland and Faulkner counties.


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( Reaching, Affirming, Positive, Progressive Systems )





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