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Who or What Got You Involved in HIV/AIDS Activism in the Black Community?

A Part of Our "Word on the Street" Series

February 25, 2014


Elijah Shippe

Elijah Shippe

Community Liaison, Steinway Child & Family Services & Affiliate, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

I began working in the HIV/AIDS field in January 2012. I started out as a Peer Educator and Youth Advocate for the Child Center of New York (CCNY). My job was to facilitate comprehensive HIV-related workshops and provide information to the South Jamaica, Queens, community.

Before working for CCNY, I noticed some of the health disparities present in various low-income, minority communities. A colleague was adamant about making positive changes in his community, and his passion caused me to become interested as well.

Since then I've worked hands on with other community-based organizations and faith-based organizations around New York City to educate people of all ages about HIV and optimal sexual health. Attending trainings, community meetings, and events has created opportunities for me to learn more about the importance of health education and spreading awareness to one's neighbors.

It has been a pleasure to do this work because I know our collective efforts can indeed allow our communities to access the resources they need to thrive, while enabling us to continue to advocate for basic human rights.

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