Holiday Closing - AIDS Foundation Houston will be closed on Monday, February 18, for the Presidents Day holiday. Offices will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, February 19.
What Do These Songs Have in Common?
Walk It Talk It, Walk This Way, Walk The Line, and Walk on the Wild Side? They're all songs that can be on your AIDS Walk Houston team playlist! Make every Wednesday until March 3rd, Walk Wednesday! Get your steps in and motivate your team to raise awareness and funds to get Houston to ZERO. Take the first step when you register for AIDS Walk Houston 2019! The second step? Start your own team or join AFH's team!
Round up your friends and family members to form a Community Team, or get your coworkers onboard to form a Corporate Team! If you work at a qualifying organization that provides HIV/AIDS-related services, you can even form a Benefiting Agency Team! (Download our Benefiting Agency Agreement to find out what's involved.) Teammates can inspire one another, brainstorm fundraising ideas, and make fundraising more fun!
AIDS Walk Houston 2019
Sunday, March 3rd
Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby St. in downtown Houston)
Registration starts at noon, the walk steps off at 1 p.m.
Houston Students Step Up for HIV/AIDS Education
AFH was recently sought out to mentor students selected by the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program. The fellowship is dedicated to preparing the next generation of professionals who will serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. Each student works under the supervision of AFH site mentors Kevin Anderson, AFH Prevention & Support Services Manager, and Yolanda Martin, Program Coordinator for Prevention Services.
The program dedicates 200 hours to address unmet community health needs. The fellows have chosen to target the areas that align with Project HELP (HIV, Education, Learning, and PrEP). Project HELP is AFH's partnership with the University of Houston, Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative, which trains Community Health Workers (CHWs) to conduct HIV/AIDS outreach and education activities in underserved areas.
The fellows have established relationships with high school students at Yes Prep School in Houston's 5th Ward, to help them learn about HIV/AIDS issues. The students then created works that disseminate educational information in an after school workshop. The project began in August 2018 and continues through August 2019, ensuring a continuance of community enrichment. The students presented their works in person. Thumbnail images of the projects (seen at right) are described below.
History of HIV presentation by Kamila Andrado and Angelica Gonzalez - The students used National Library of Medicine resources to research HIV/AIDS history on different websites. They chose their topic because it interested them the most, and their presentation included reactions to the HIV epidemic.
Social Justice artwork by Pamela Colon - This drawing is a look back at the 1980s HIV epidemic. The police were afraid to even touch persons known to have HIV and discriminated severely against the LGBTQ community members. In the face of justice, HIV/AIDS took importance over proper justice, which is represented by the unbalanced justice scale.
Pregnant Woman artwork by Elizabeth Pen and Esme Elizondo - This picture shows a mother with HIV and respresents the risk of transmitting the virus to an unborn child. The black background emphasizes her feeling of being alone and unable to seek help to prevent the child from getting the virus, especially due to stigma surrounding HIV. The quote on the side reads, "You are not alone" and encourages mothers to seek different options and reach out to different people because they are indeed not alone in facing HIV.
HIV Facts poster by Hayley Mindiola - This poster is a visual representation of what the student learned over the course of a semester. Hayley was especially interested in how HIV is transmitted and focused on that topic. The poster also describes various ways to protect oneselves against the virus.
A Message from Our CEO
To all the people who I have worked with, had fun with, and served with to better address the issues affecting HIV/AIDS in the community, it is time for me to move on…
After much consideration, I am leaving the beloved CEO position at AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH)--a position I absolutely adore and have adored for almost seven years. I could not be prouder of the work that the AFH staff, leadership, and Board of Directors have done to benefit individuals living with HIV/AIDS and ending new transmissions. I appreciate all of the opportunities afforded to me as the leader and know that the organization is strong, flexible, and continues to be on the forefront of HIV/AIDS work.
I know this because the AFH board has appointed Nike Blue to act as the Interim CEO. With her education, experiences, and commitment she can step in and oversee the organization upon my leaving. Nike is nationally and locally well known for her work regarding HIV/AIDS and has acted as a member of the senior leadership for the organization for over ten years. She has been in her current position as the Chief Program Officer for the last five years. She is well respected by her peers, our partner organizations, and national AIDS organizations and is a strong organizational leader.
So where will I be going? I have accepted the CEO position for Career & Recovery Resources (CRR). The wonderful Dr. Swisher is retiring as the CEO after 23 years, and I am excited to lead an organization that's mission is aligned with my wide-ranging passion: to help people find their next best step to better their lives. I am very excited to lead this well-established and respected organization on its path forward. I look forward to working with its Board, staff, funders, and donors, but especially with the people it serves. All of us experience barriers in our lives, and if we can remove one or all of these for others, they have a chance to live the life they want and deserve.
I can only share my immense appreciation of all of you. The success of this organization and the happiness I have felt these past many years is only because I have worked with outstanding individuals, had wonderful community support, and had the support of an amazing board.
My last day at AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. will be Friday, January 18, 2019. I will start at CRR, February 1, 2019. I wish everyone the absolute best. For those of you have been with me on this journey, I know our paths will continue to cross, and I will always do my best to be of service to you! I am just a new email address away!
Please continue to support AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. in a manner that will help the organization meet its mission, but more importantly, its vision to have “A supportive community free of new HIV transmissions where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.
OUR MISSION AND GOALS
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.