There You Were Just-a-Walking Down the Street
Thank you to all of you who supported AIDS Walk Houston 2019, whether through your participation, fundraising, donations, or sponsorships. It was a chilly Sunday for a stroll, but on March 3rd, 2019, you came, you saw, and you walked! In so doing you raised awareness and funds to help get Houston to ZERO. The walk is produced by AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. and this year benefited 13 local AIDS Service Organizations that strive to make an impact in the fight against AIDS while providing vital social services to Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS. The proceeds you raised help support over 90,000 Houstonians, providing them with education, pediatric programs, housing, food, medical care, counseling, and job training. The funds also support prevention and PrEP services that reduce the number of new transmissions of the virus.
2019 AIDS Walk Houston Benefiting Agencies
AIDS Foundation Houston
Avenue 360 Health & Wellness
Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic
Brentwood Community Foundation
Harris County Hospital District Foundation
The T.R.U.T.H. Project
University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center
We hope to see you all again for AIDS Walk Houston 2020!
AIDS Foundation Houston Seeks Chief Executive Officer
AFH is seeking an experienced leader who exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others. Able to navigate change and handle pressure comfortably. Treats other with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments. Excellent verbal and written communicator. Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Demonstrates sound and accurate judgment; makes timely decisions.
The mission of AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) is to lead the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and to empower individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.
AFH envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.
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Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to CEOsearch@afhouston.org
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.
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.