Latino Community Leaders Meet in Washington D.C. to Talk About HIV
By Miguel Gomez
October 5, 2010
This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. Miguel Gomez is the AIDS.gov Director.
There were two events last week where leaders from the Latino community came together to talk about HIV. The first event was a meeting at the White House on implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the Latino Community. Watch a recorded video of the event here.
In addition, the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) and the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN) recently sponsored a Congressional Briefing: Addressing Health Reform and a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Latino/Hispanic Communities. In a Capital Hill room filled beyond capacity, the large audience heard several key messages about the approach of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15) and learned about the impact of the epidemic on Hispanics/Latinos. All of us in attendance heard how the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is an important means to enhance the collective response to the epidemic among these communities.
I had the opportunity to speak with some of the speakers at these events, including Mr. James Albino, Senior Program Manager in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, who offered ideas on how Latino/Hispanic communities can build upon the Strategy and told me about todays White House meeting on implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the Latino Community. Mr. Guillermo Chacon, President of LCOA, told me about the need to increase awareness, testing and linkages to care among Hispanics/Latinos. He also told us how individuals in communities across the nation can (and should) get involved in implementation of the Strategys goals. Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis, Director of the National Council of La Razas (NCLR) Center Latino Community Health spoke with me about the HIV-related community health workers who are working in their communities conducting community outreach, growing knowledge and awareness, increasing attention to testing, and generally decreasing stigma. You can see highlights from these conversations below:
Learn more about:
Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)
Positive Policy is a multi-blogger forum for sharing developments in law, policy and activism relevant to people living with, working in and otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS.
Subscribe to Positive Policy:
May 19, 2014 - 10 Reasons to Address HIV/AIDS in Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Communities
April 4, 2013 - Patient Navigators: Ending the Epidemic -- A Blog Entry by Paul A. Kawata
March 26, 2013 - This Is a Huge Week for LGBT Equality! A Blog Entry in Positive Policy
November 1, 2012 - Vote Tuesday! Make Sure the HIV/AIDS Community Is Heard! A Blog Entry by Paul Kawata
October 9, 2012 - Damned If You Don't: A Blog Entry in Positive Policy
A Brief Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed by TheBody.com's bloggers are entirely their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TheBody.com itself.