10 Black HIV/AIDS Advocates Who Are Making a Difference
April 2, 2012
Christine Campbell, Vice President of National Advocacy and Organizing, Housing Works, New York
Christine Campbell has spent more than 10 years dedicated to running programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. At Housing Works, she teams with other national organizations to advocate for changes in policy that will better serve people living with HIV/AIDS. With no signs of slowing down, Christine is galvanizing support for relifting the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. She also helped launch AIDSVote 2012, a tool that educates political candidates and voters on which policies most impact the HIV community. No matter what the initiative, Christine looks to include housing as a means to improve health outcomes of those living with HIV: "Any successful strategy to end AIDS will include housing." And as AIDS 2012 gets closer, she is working with President Obama's administration to update plans on implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Her overall message is to speak up: "I have found that in this current climate, our friends need to hear from us not only in their offices but also publicly. My hope for advocacy is that many of us will be bold and public in our call for an end to AIDS."
Comment by: Reggie Dunbar II (DD)
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm UTC
The list is good but the hiv+ veterans were not included.
The VA has one of the largest communities of people living with hiv to include the veteran, their families and allies (partners).
Comment by: Tom Rogers Muyunga-Mukasa
(San Francisco, CA)
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017 at 1:14 am UTC
Thank you for sharing: I enjoyed the intro ".......as HIV/AIDS continues to affect black people more than any other ethnic group in the U.S. and around the world, we have seen some amazing advocates rise out of this troubling epidemic. To honor that work, we want to highlight some amazing leaders whose tireless work continues to inspire us all....."
Comment by: nelson
Tue., May. 28, 2013 at 3:15 am UTC
thank u very much michelle after reading your profile i was uplifted im now sure about how we should handle life after one is diagnose with hiv thanks.
Comment by: Theresa
Tue., Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm UTC
I have ask myself for 15 years now, where are all the white hiv/aids advocates, mother's daughter's and grandmother's just like me living with hiv. yet to meet or run into at one of many of my 15 years of dr visits a white women just like me?
Comment by: TOM ONSONGO
Wed., Jul. 4, 2012 at 3:01 am UTC
Am a man living with HIV for over 20 years that is when I knew my status. I suffered serious self stigma untill I went through treatment literacy. This changed my life for ever. Today I am a programme director of an NGO fighting HIV in kenya. Correct and accurate informatio on HIV/AIDS is key in fightin this disease.
Comment by: Shanasha Whitson
Wed., Apr. 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm UTC
There are 5, 344.861 people in MN, 5.2 % are black but we make up 33% of people infected in Minnesota. As a medical case manager at The Minneapolis Urban League I offer case management for people of color who are positive. We ofer an array of service that keep people in care and get people connected to services. We have got to take back our power and ensure our communities health and wellness.
Comment by: Teresa Sullivan
Mon., Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:34 am UTC
Congrats Brook Kelly, you deserve to be honored and the PWN is grateful to have you as a ally for women living with HIV/AIDS. Your ROCK!
Comment by: Robin Brennan, DrPH
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm UTC
Michael Everett is an empowering leader and human rights advocate who is truly making a difference. His dedication and compassion are inspiring.
Comment by: Gigi Green
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm UTC
Angela Green is my sister. She is a very special person who makes a difference in many lives. I am so glad that she is being recognized for the wonderful woman that she is.
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