September 9, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- Today, national HIV/AIDS organization AIDS United launched a virtual campaign aimed at mobilizing individuals, corporations and foundations to support those living with HIV/AIDS in America, especially those who do not have access to HIV-specific medical care.
Centered on a new Make it Grow animated video (now live at www.aidsunited.org/makeitgrow), the campaign directly calls attention to the 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS and specifically those who do not have access to quality healthcare.
Make it Grow supports goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and ultimately aims to increase individual, corporate and private investments for AIDS United's Access to Care (A2C) programs, all of which seek to improve individual health outcomes, strengthen local services systems, and connect economically-marginalized individuals living with HIV to high quality supportive services and healthcare.
"Over 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS do not have consistent access to care," said Mark Ishaug, AIDS United President and CEO. "In this thirtieth year of AIDS, our approach can no longer be business as usual. AIDS United is committed to developing solutions that address barriers to care, but we need to increase investments to implement sustainable programs that will continue to benefit low-income and communities of color."
AIDS United is a recipient of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) -- the federal program that targets millions of public-private dollars to expand effective solutions for the nation's most pressing challenges. AIDS United's A2C work is the only HIV-focused public health initiative in the current round of Social Innovation Fund grantees. AIDS United's Access to Care initiative was created to increase access to, and retention in, effective HIV care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS -- particularly those living in poverty who know their HIV status but are not receiving HIV-specific care.
To learn more about Make it Grow please visit www.AIDSUnited.org/MakeitGrow.