AHF to Host HIV/AIDS Outreach Events During CBCF Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization,
is proud to sponsor multiple community outreach and engagement
activities in Washington, DC this week in conjunction with the
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2016 Annual
Legislative Conference
(ALC) (Sept.14-18), the leading policy
conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black
community.

The organization’s Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce will host events to
coincide with the ALC aimed at raising awareness about the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in the black community. Although black Americans represent only
12% of the U.S. population, they account for almost half of new HIV
infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Black Americans also accounted for almost half of new AIDS
diagnoses, meaning that sexually active individuals are forgoing regular
screenings for HIV and are being diagnosed at later stages of infection.

“We are so excited to host and be a part of a week of outreach events in
Washington as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual
legislative conference,” said Imara Canady, chair of AHF’s Black
AIDS Crisis Taskforce. “One of our main goals is to engage our community
and elected officials around the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic that is
claiming thousands of lives each year in the black community. As we look
towards the election, we must make sure that HIV/AIDS is a top priority
for these planning and policy discussions.”

The following outreach activities are planned for the week:

Monday, September 12

   

Community Block Party in McPherson Square

6:00 PM

Open to the public

 

March from McPherson Square to Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M
Street, NW

March to begin at approximately 6:15 PM.

 

“AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” Community Town Hall at
Metropolitan AME Church

7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

1518 M Street, NW

Open to the public

Doors open at 6:15 PM.

 

Town hall discussion will be moderated by Judge Glenda Hatchett
and will feature prominent HIV/AIDS activists and academics:

 

  • Dr. Gail Wyatt, associate director, UCLA AIDS Institute
  • Dr. David Malebranche, board-certified Internal Medicine
    physician and public health activist
  • C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National
    Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
  • Mary Bowman, HIV/AIDS activist
  • Ebony Johnson, HIV/AIDS activist
  • Gabriel Maldonado, founder and CEO, TruEvolution
  • Earline Budd, HIV/AIDS and LGBT activist
 

Tuesday, September 13

“Still I Rise” Reception and Women at Risk film
screening with National Council of Negro Women

7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

By invitation only.

 

Wednesday, September 14

8th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Policy Forum Series,
co-hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and ESSENCE

2:00 – 5:00 PM

 

Washington Convention Center

Room 207A/B

 

Panel to feature AHF National Director of Advocacy Campaigns Tracy
Jones
.

 

Event
registration required
.

 

Film screening of Wilhemina’s War and panel discussion

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM

 

The Howard Theatre

620 T Street, NW

Washington, DC

 

Open to the public. RSVP
required
.

 

Thursday, September 15

Congressional Black Caucus Community Health Breakfast

7:00 – 11:00 AM

 

Central Union Mission

65 Massachusetts Avenue

Washington, DC

 

AHF will help serve breakfast and provide free HIV testing.

 

Friday, September 16

Congresswoman Barbara Lee hosts (D-CA) ALC panel discussion:
“The Tipping Point: Fast Tracking the End of AIDS”

1:30 – 3:00 PM

 

Washington Convention Center

Room 209B

 

Panel to feature AHF National Director of Advocacy Campaigns Tracy
Jones
.

 

Event
registration required
.

AHF’s Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce is an initiative of the AIDS
Healthcare Foundation to create a coalition of African-American cultural
influencers and health advocates who will promote sexual health and
revolutionize outreach to the African-American community on the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. By empowering leaders in the fields of medicine, religion,
sports, politics, business, academia, entertainment and civic
organizations, members and supporters speak directly to our community to
encourage sexual responsibility and keep HIV/STD prevention and
treatment at the forefront of the national African-American agenda.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
611,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.

Contacts

AHF Southern Bureau
Imara Canady, Regional Director,
Communications and Community Engagement
+1.404.870.7789 work
+1.954.952.0258
mobile
imara.canady@aidshealth.org
or
AHF
Christopher
Johnson
, Associate Director of Communications
+1.323.960.4846
work
+1.310.880.9913 mobile
christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org