Candace Y.A. Montague
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
If You Lived Here: HIV and Housing -- Homes for Hope, Part Two
March 1, 2011
Dr. Jenkins explains what her plans are for the fifth building. Photo: DC HIV/AIDS Examiner
If You Lived Here: HIV and Housing -- Homes for Hope, Part One
February 28, 2011
In this third entry to the series, we learn about Dr. Veronica Jenkins a medical professional who wanted to provide housing for her HIV positive patients. She hoped that housing would save lives. She did not count on financial obstacles and government red tape getting in the way.
The 2012 International AIDS Conference Is Coming to D.C.
February 27, 2011
On Friday morning, Mayor Vincent Gray along with the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference will be held here in Washington, D.C. The dates for the conference are July 22nd to the 27th. The conference will bring more than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries. It is the first one held in the United States since 1990. Mayor Gray stated, "I am excited to host this conference here in D.C. It's a chance to share best practices, exchange expertise and it's a chance for people to get to know our city."
Mayor Gray Announces the First D.C. Commission on AIDS
February 24, 2011
On Wednesday of this week, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that his administration will initiate a commission on AIDS in DC. The commission will be charged with the task of ending the epidemic by focusing on treatment, prevention and taking care of the needs of people living with the disease. Mayor Gray, who was the director of the DC Department of Human Services when the first agency on HIV/AIDS was created, will serve as chair of the commission. The newly appointed director of the Department of Health, Dr. Mohammad Akhter, will serve as vice chair and the new director of HAHSTA, Dr. Gregory Pappas, will serve as Executive Secretary. They will be joined later by 27 appointees from the faith, medical, and business communities.
Republicans Cut Costs But Health Care Pays the Price
February 15, 2011
Debate begins today about a proposed $78 billion resolution (known as H.R.1) to cut funding to programs that provide services in many health care areas including AIDS programs. The proposal, presented by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), presents 70 cuts as a part of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that is used to keep the government going until the end of the fiscal year (March 4th).
Upcoming AIDS Watch Arouses Questions About Its Purpose
February 14, 2011
The annual AIDS Watch advocacy convocation will begin on Wednesday in Northwest DC. The three-day event is designed to get members of the AIDS community (those who are infected and affected) involved in advocacy through advocate training and visits with members of Congress. AIDS Watch is sponsored by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA). This year AIDS Watch has come under attack by the AIDS Policy Project for not demanding a cure during AIDS Watch. NAPWA says not so fast as they post the Legislative 'Asks' on their website as a part of their training for people involved in Hill visits.
Prevention Works! to Close at the End of This Month
February 8, 2011
Prevention Works! no more in DC. Photo: fighthivindc.org
South Africa Meets Southwest DC: Local Church Hosts Youth AIDS Social
February 7, 2011
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest DC was the scene of a international youth social on Saturday. The Bokamoso Youth Foundation from Winterveldt, South Africa spent time talking, dancing, and sharing their country's struggle with HIV through performance poetry with DC youth from the Children's Hospital TASA (Teens Against the Spread of AIDS) program.
Dr. Hader Has Her Say: Part Two -- An Exclusive Interview
February 1, 2011
The Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration has been in existence (under several other names) since the mid 1980's. HAHSTA's reputation has been embrued by scandal, mismanagement, political battles, financial turmoil and high leadership turnover rates. Dr. Shannon Hader was the twelfth person to hold the senior administrator position. In spite of the negative press and disappointments that arose during her watch (such as the report that showed that DC's HIV infection rate was and still is 3%), she put on a brave face and met the challenge. Part two of the interview reveals what her last day at HAHSTA was like and the advice she offers her successor.
Dr. Hader Has Her Say: Part One -- An Exclusive Interview
February 1, 2011
As I stated once before, if Dr. Shannon Hader ever wanted to tell her side of the story I would be listening. Well the time has come. Her unceremonious exit from HAHSTA last June, left many of us in the community bewildered. Today, she graciously emerged in an exclusive interview to give just a little more insight on her perspective. In part one, we see what her high and low points were while serving as the top administrator and what she would do if Mayor Gray offered her old position back to her.
D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
Candace Y.A. Montague
Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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