May 12, 2011
It isn't very often that we at TheBody.com talk about ourselves. (OK, actually, we don't do it at all.) We prefer to amplify the voices of other people in the HIV/AIDS community by creating a platform for them to be heard.
With that being said, we do need to do a better job of letting you all know that we don't just write about the community -- we are actually a part of it. Whether it's sitting on panels, hosting workshops, volunteering at local AIDS service organizations (ASOs), telling the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene what we think about its public service announcements (PSAs), or attending conferences around the country (and world), we are out there making sure that our efforts transcend words on a computer screen. (This Sunday, May 15, we'll be participating in AIDS Walk New York. If you're able to, why not support us or, better yet, join us?)
One of the most recent activities that we took part in happened this past March. Olivia Ford, our Community Manager, and I attended the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Conference on Health Disparities. For three days, we along with over 200 other African-American health journalists convened at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., to gain knowledge on how to better cover the numerous health disparities that African Americans face. With the help of health workers and advocates, we learned about obesity, mental illness, prostate cancer, food instability and, of course, HIV/AIDS.
During the conference, the Greater Than AIDS campaign and the conference host, Andrea King Collier, urged all of the attendees to make Deciding Moments PSAs about how HIV/AIDS has impacted their lives.
Naturally, Olivia and I jumped on the opportunity to share why we are inspired to do the work that we do every day. Here's what we said:
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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