National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). It helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS. Continue reading
My first subject for this “People and Places” profile (in which I interview under-the-radar community activists, leaders and “all-stars”) is Sherrise Palomino. Sherrise is an HIV Prevention Coordinator at BronxWorks, a community-based organization that has been providing wrap-around services for the Bronx community at-large since 1972 (under the name Citizens Advice Bureau). She told me about her current work with the youth and what led her to pursue her passion. What was most compelling was how she stressed the importance of empowerment and open dialogue when discussing HIV prevention and awareness.
1) What HIV/AIDS-related organizations have you worked/volunteered with?
Currently, I work at BronxWorks [where] I do sexual health work with adolescents. My program is funded by the AIDS Institute to do HIV/AIDS prevention, STI prevention, and pregnancy prevention among adolescents as well as provide leadership training and skills.
Prior to BronxWorks, I did HIV testing and counseling at the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC). I started out as an intern for ACQC’s ADAP [AIDS Drug Assistance Program] and I was recommended to apply for the position in the HIV education and prevention department.
2) Tell me more about BronxWorks and your activities with the youth.
At BronxWorks, my program is about educating a group of adolescents about safe sex and decision-making. They do advocacy work and projects to educate other teens and the community at large.
Some of our projects include making a website which will be launched soon (www.identiteen.org), delivering messages via twitter and facebook, and organizing a community health fair amongst many other things that we are working on.
3) Why have you chosen to work in this field?
I never imagined working in this field. I got into the field because I had interned at UNA-USA (United Nations Association of the United States of America). Read more
February 7th marks the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention among African Americans. The theme for 2011 is “It Takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS.”
Often on health awareness days, people don’t know how to take action, or they may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of events to sift through. In honor of National Black HIV/Awareness Day, I’d like to help.
Here are ten events going on today in the New York metro area*:
- Black Men’s Initiative at Harlem United
Raynal Jabouin, Jr., Program Director
290 Lenox Avenue, Lower Level
New York, New York 10027
O: 212-289-2378, x206; F: 212-289-2394
- Caribbean Women’s Health Education, Inc.
Candlelight Vigil; HIV Testing; HIV Workshop and Education On Site; Condom Negotiation Skills and Demonstration
Ann Marie Coore, Director of HIV Program
3512 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203
O: 718-940-9501; F: 718-826-2948
Community Forum; Health Fair; HIV Testing; Displaying of AIDS Quilt
Donald R. Powell, Director of Development
151 West 26th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10001-6810
O: 212-243-3434, ext. 145; F: 212-243-3586
- Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
Candlelight Vigil; Community Forum; HIV Testing; Support Groups for people who are HIV+
Monique Wright, Prevention Services Coordinator
25 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002
O: 212-226-6333; F: 212-343-8005
- Montefiore Medical Center
Art Competition; Community Forum; HIV Testing; Public Service Announcement; Webcast
Frances Rodriguez, Patient Educator
111 East 210th Street
AIDS Center FCC-3rd Floor Clinic
Bronx, New York 10467
O: 718-920-8436; F: 718-515-3509
- Our Watchful Eye
Community Forum; HIV Testing; Mayoral Proclamation; Newspaper Article; Press Conference; Radio Broadcast; TV/Cable Programming; Mural signing and red ribbon banner unveiling; 7:00 p.m. event will be in collaboration with the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) of Brooklyn.
Divinah “Dee” Bailey, CEO/Founder
20 New York Avenue, Suite 100
Brooklyn, New York 11216
- Redemption Outreach International
Community Forum; Health Fair; HIV Testing; Newspaper Article; Press Conference; Public Service Announcement; Radio Broadcast; Distribution of Educational and preventive materials as strategic locations from Wednesday Feb. 9 to Friday Feb 11; Essay/poetry competition for the youth on HIV/AIDS topics
Rev Ambrose Chalokwu, Chairman
14-25 Central Avenue, Suite 4
Far Rockaway, New York 11691
O: 347-654-5062; F: 718-868-8321;
- Rising Star Baptist Church
Community Forum; HIV Testing; Faith-based Program
Contact: Linda Eaddy, Servant Leader
118-03 202 Street, St. Albans, New York 11412
O: 347-869-1903; F: 718-546-8323;
- Ryan-NENA Community Health Center
HIV Testing; Workshops; Raffles; Education/Information table
Eileen Villanueva, Community Outreach Worker
279 East 3rd Street (Btwn Ave C & D)
New York, New York 10009 USA
O: 212-477-8528; F: 212-477-8879
- William F. Ryan Community Health Center
Community Forum; HIV Testing
Cinthia M. Tejada, Supervising Health Educator
110 W 97th Street
New York, New York 10025
For more information on NBHAAD, visit: blackaidsday.org.
The New York City Department of Health released the “It’s Never Just HIV” advertising campaign via YouTube on December 7, dividing AIDS activists on the effectiveness of its “scare tactic” tone. The ad was an effort to reach out to the younger, new social media-savvy demographic of HIV negative gay and bisexual men and encourage the use of condoms.
What do you think after watching the video? Is it too graphic or graphic enough?
Is it a step backward for HIV education, stigmatizing HIV-positive gay and bisexual men? Or does its graphic nature represent a stronger and more effective message of changing health behavior (using condoms)?
NYTimes: City’s Graphic Ad on the Dangers of H.I.V. Is Dividing Activists (January 3, 2011)
A public service message has been criticized as stigmatizing and sensationalistic, but others say its approach is needed to get younger people to take the disease seriously.
HuffPost: ‘It’s Never Just HIV’ Ad Campaign Oversimplifies the Issue (January 4, 2011)
AIDS activist Sean Straub discusses the problems with HIV prevention campaigns and the ensuing war of words among activists.
ABC News: Graphic HIV/AIDS Video Horrifies Gay Community (December 16, 2010)
New York City Health Department PSA Warns of Osteoporosis, Dementia and Anal Cancer