Bishop Joyce Turner Keller: Where You At?
By Robert Breining
January 20, 2012
On Sunday December 18th at 9pm EST, Robert and Jack spoke with Bishop Joyce Turner Keller on the POZ I AM Radio Show.
Bishop Joyce has lofted the term "southern hospitality" to an entirely new level. She is not only the founder and CEO of Aspirations, a non-profit faith-based community service organization, but someone who is living with HIV/AIDS herself, and has dedicated herself to educating, supporting and inspiring others living with HIV/AIDS throughout the nation.
In May 2006 she received a proclamation from Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Louisiana for hosting the first Hepatitis Awareness Day, shortly after hosting the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in March of that year. Over the years, Bishop Joyce has incurred an extensive list of certifications, recognitions and awards for her extensive work in community awareness and development in the HIV/AIDS arena. She is a certified HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C community educator by the Louisiana State Office of Public Health and the Shreveport Office of Public Health through the Atlanta Center for Disease Control. Bishop Joyce is also a board member for the ADAP Advocacy Association.
She has been an ordained minister for thirty-five years, is matriculating in the field of psychology at Southern University Baton Rouge and is the proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren.
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