The four seasons are highly respected in many cultures because they so closely represent the cycle of life. Spring represents a time of equality and balance. It is a time of profound change, new beginnings and birth. For these reasons, spring was chosen as the time to hold the first National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2007. Every ethnic and racial group in America has been affected by HIV/AIDS, but individual experiences, impacts, responses, and the legacy of the disease are distinctively different. This day is a day that brings national attention to the plight of Native communities and their struggles against the epidemic. We hope this date will raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among Native people -- Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians. Protect our future! Protect our people! Celebrate life!
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) will be held on March 20, 2008. HIV continues to increase among Native people as it has over the past decade. This day will challenge us to work together, in harmony, to create a greater awareness of the risk of HIV/AIDS to our Native communities, to call for resources for testing and early detection and for increased treatment options, and to eventually decrease the occurrence of HIV/AIDS among Native people.
We encourage you to take time to think about how you can raise awareness in your community, support local efforts, talk to your leaders, or attend an event. Please contact NNAAPC to obtain more information on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events in your area, or to learn how to host an event in your area. The materials below were created so that communities can begin to spread the word and Protect our People.
To find out more information about National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please contact Jay Macedo, Director of Special Projects, at (720) 382-2244 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for NNHAAD Nationwide Community Events Map
Click here for Products/Incentives Request Form & Event Questionaire
Click here for images of NNHAAD Incentives
Click here to learn about the Native Red Ribbon HIV/AIDS Pendleton Blanket
Click here for a list NNHAAD Related Links