CRIA at NATAF 2001CRIA is a co-sponsor of NATAF 2001 (North American AIDS Treatment Action Forum), which takes place December 2-5 in Vancouver. This conference, sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), provides treatment advocates, activists, educators and people living with HIV the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of HIV treatment issues, build advocacy skills, and develop strategies to advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS within their communities, nationally and internationally. A limited number of scholarships to NATAF 2001 are available. To register for the conference, to apply for a scholarship, or for more information, visit the NMAC website (www.nmac.org) or call CRIA at (212) 924-3934 extension 120 and we'll send you a brochure.
New Staff IntroductionsCRIA is pleased to welcome Noemi Olivo, MSN/Epidemiology as Associate Director of Research. Ms. Olivo joined our staff in April to direct the day-to-day operations of the clinic research staff as we undertake a substantial growth in CRIA's scientific agenda. She comes to us with a 20-year career in developing and conducting HIV behavioral, clinical research, and epidemiological protocols for the State of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently, she was the Project Director at Visible Genetics, Inc. for their major Vigilance II study, of which CRIA is a super site. We are grateful that Ms. Olivo will now be making her contribution to AIDS research through the private non-profit sector at CRIA.
Mark Milano is CRIA's new Publications Manager. Prior to joining our agency, Mark was the Coordinator of Experimental Treatment Information at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, where he managed the production of several significant HIV/AIDS publications for both consumer and medical provider audiences. At CRIA, he will be overseeing the production of our new publication, HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials: A Directory for New York State, as well as CRIA Update and our topic-specific HIV treatment education brochures. Mark comes to us with experience as a treatment educator as well, so he'll conduct group workshops and staff trainings at agencies throughout New York City.
Quality of Life SurveyOur Winter 2000/2001 issue of CRIA Update included a quality of life survey, designed with the help of Bruce D. Rapkin, Ph.D. of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. We appreciate the time that so many people took to complete the survey -- we received over one hundred responses. Thanks also to The Body for posting the survey on their website, which allowed readers to complete it electronically. Your responses have been entered into a statistical database, and Dr. Rapkin is currently analyzing the data. We look forward to his summary, which will be published in the next issue of CRIA Update.
CRIA Becomes ACRIACRIA has assumed a "doing business as" (DBA) name -- AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, or ACRIA. We've created this new name for participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), a major annual fundraising appeal to government workers. CRIA has been in the CFC for four years now, with less than stellar results. Experts in this fundraising appeal have told us that the primary reason our revenues are falling short is that donors looking to support an AIDS charity are unable to find our agency in the CFC guide, and that our name gives the impression that we only impact a small area of the U.S. Donors are also much more likely to choose charities with AIDS as the first word in their name simply because they come across them earlier in the CFC guide. Many other charities have adopted DBAs to clarify their mission and promote fundraising. We've chosen ACRIA because it not only conveys the national scope of our current programmatic activities but also retains very close approximation to CRIA and will be identifiable as the same agency. So if you see ACRIA, be assured it's us only operating under our DBA name.
This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication CRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.