Dispatches from the fight against homelessness and AIDS
Posted by Mikola De Roo , November 04, 2014
MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!
WHAT: Ending the NY AIDS Epidemic—NYC Listening Forum Invitation
WHERE: NY State Department of Health Offices at 90 Church St., Meeting Room A/B, 4th Floor. You will need a government-issued photo I.D. (e.g., a driver’s license, a non-driver’s I.D. car, a U.S. passport; or a benefits card with a photo) to get through security into the building.
WHEN: Monday, November 10, 2014; Provider/Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM
RSVP/REGISTER: YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND! Register/RSVP online via the online registration form. If you are unable to access the link, please call (518) 474-5577 no later than 3 days prior to the session (by Friday, 11/7). We are also looking to you to share this invitation with community members in your region. (A full list of the other regional sessions being held across NY State appears below.)
TRANSPORTATION: E train to World Trade Center; 2/3 train to Park Place; A/C train to Chambers or Fulton N/R train to either Cortlandt or City Hall; 4/5 train to Fulton
WHO: Community members from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth movements, and people directly impacted
WHY WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND
About the Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY State
The multi-stakeholder Ending the Epidemic Task Force was established in support of Governor Cuomo’s three-point state plan to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 and is charged with developing and issuing recommendations, as well as drafting New York’s blueprint for plan implementation. The Governor’s three-point plan includes the following objectives:
- identify persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and link them to health care
- link and retain persons diagnosed with HIV in health care to maximize virus suppression (“undetectable” status), so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission
- facilitate access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high risk persons to keep them HIV-negative
About the Listening Forums
Statewide Listening Forums are being convened to collect community input and recommendations to inform the work of the NYS Ending the Epidemic Task Force. These listening forums are being held all over New York State and are intended to advise the Governor’s Task Force for Ending the Epidemic and achieve the goals set out in the three-point plan. The Listening Forums are intended to achieve the following:
- provide a forum for community input and recommendations regarding the Governor’s three-point plan for Ending the Epidemic by 2020 by reducing new HIV infections and improving the health of all HIV-infected New Yorkers; and
- advise the Governor’s Task Force Committees, charged with developing recommendations to:
a. identify persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and link them to health care;
b. increase access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk persons to keep them HIV negative;
c. support access to care and treatment in order to maximize viral load suppression;
d. promote linkage and retention in care to achieve viral load suppression, decrease HIV transmission and promote the highest quality of life; and,
e. ensure person-centered, culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention and health care services are available.
IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE 11/10 NYC FORUM, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ONLINE!
If you are unable to attend, you can submit recommendations by using this Recommendation Form link: If you are unable to submit your feedback online or access the link, please send a hard copy to: NYSDOH AIDS Institute, Office of Planning & Community Affairs, ATTN. June Kearney, ESP, Corning Tower Room 485, Albany, NY 12237. Should you have any questions, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATES & TIMES FOR THE OTHER NY REGIONAL LISTENING SESSIONS
RSVP/REGISTER: YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND! Register/RSVP online via the online registration form. If you are unable to access the link, please call (518) 474-5577 no later than 3 days prior to the session.
- New Rochelle Forums: Friday, November 7, 2014; Provider/Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM
- Albany Forums: Monday, November 10, 2014; Provider/Clinician Session: 7:30AM-9:30AM; Community Session: 2:00PM-4:00PM
- Buffalo Forums: Friday, November 14, 2014; Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community/ Provider Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM
- Long Island Forums: Monday, November 17, 2014; Provider/Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM
- Rochester Forums: Friday, November 21, 2014; Clinician Session: 8:30AM-10:30AM; Community/Provider Session: 12:30PM-2:30PM
- Syracuse/CNY/Southern Tier Forums: Monday, November 24, 2014; Clinician Session: 8:00AM-10:00AM; Provider Session: 10:30AM-12:30PM; Community Session: 1:00PM-3:00PM
How You Can Help
- Join us on Monday, 11/10, at noon at NY State Department of Health Offices at 90 Church St. in Manhattan.
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- Support our advocacy work in the fight to end AIDS and donate to Housing Works today!
- Join our advocacy community!
- Learn more about the Housing Works AIDS-FREE campaign, a collaborative, multi-year initiative committed to ending the AIDS epidemic—in New York State by 2020, in the United States by 2025, and worldwide by 2030.
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