Nov 29, 2018

End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition to Host WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 CITYWIDE COMMEMORATION

End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition to Host WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 CITYWIDE COMMEMORATION

For Immediate Release, Friday, November 30, 2018

Press Contacts:     

Mika De Roo (Housing Works) | 718-408-6060| m.deroo@housingworks.org 

Danielle De Souza (New York City Health Department) | 347-396-4177 | PressOffice@health.nyc.gov 

Luis Scaccabarrozzi (Latino Commission on AIDS) | 646-375-4415| LScaccabarrozzi@latinoaids.org

Krishna Stone (GMHC) | 212-367-1016| KrishnaS@GMHC.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition to Host WORLD AIDS DAY CITYWIDE COMMEMORATION

Community leaders, people living with HIV/AIDS, and city and state elected officials to speak at Baruch College’s Mason Hall

New York, NY—On Friday, November 30, 2018, the day before World AIDS Day, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition —a coalition of over 60 community partners from across New York State—and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, in conjunction with the New York City Health Department and the New York State Department of Health, will host the fifth annual World AIDS Day Citywide Commemoration. This year’s theme, Breaking Through Stigma, focuses on how stigma and discrimination connect to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, disability, poverty, immigration status, violence, shame, and homelessness and housing instability, and create obstacles for people living with and affected by HIV to access optimal health care and support. Stigma related to mental health, behavioral health, and substance use issues also present barriers to care. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of these barriers, mobilize stakeholders, and develop solutions through community engagement and strategic policy advocacy.

The commemoration will take place at Baruch College’s Mason Hall, and will provide an opportunity for the public to hear about the current ways in which activists, community members, local leadership, city and state elected and government officials, and supporters, are addressing health-related obstacles and creating solutions to bring about improved health outcomes for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. This year’s MC is Charles Sanchez, a writer, performer, director, and activist living with HIV. He conceived, wrote, and stars in the award-winning, musical comedy web series, Merce (MerceTheSeries.com).

WHO: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul • Senator Brad Hoylman • Speaker Corey Johnson • Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer • New York City Health Department Acting Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, and Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Dr. Oni Blackstock • New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Director Johanne Morne community leaders • people living with HIV/AIDS • city and state elected and government officials • Charles Sanchez • the all-women Brazilian Drumline Fogo Azul NYC (fogoazulnyc.com/) • and the Latinx band Los Pleneros de la 21 (losplenerosdela21.org)

WHAT:  End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition Fifth Annual World AIDS Day Citywide Commemoration

WHEN:  Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pmPress set-up arrival time: 10:15am

WHERE: Baruch College’s Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue at East 23rd Street, New York, NY (entrance on East 23rd Street)

WHYAs we continue to work toward ending the epidemic, it is critical for local and state government and the community to come together to ensure that all New Yorkers – regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, income, or immigration status – have equitable access to health care, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Compassionate, comprehensive care is a right, and New York must continue to be a global and national leader in reimagining what health care and health equity can and should be.

RSVPPhotos and interviews are available at 10:30am at the step-and-repeat area. At 11:00am, photos and filming may take place while the speaking program is in progress.

LIST OF CO-HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS—END AIDS NY 2020 COALITION:

ACRIA • ACT UP New YORK •  Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center • Aids center queens county  (acqc) • American Indian Community House • american run for the end of aids (area) • Amida Care • APICHA CHC • Bailey House • Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center • BOOM!Health • Bridging Access to Care • Brightpoint Health • BronxWorks • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center • Clergy United for Community Empowerment • community health action of staten island • destination tomorrow • diaspora community services • Elmcor youth & adult activities, inc. • End AIDS Now • Exponents • Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWa) • Gay men’s health crisis (GMHC) • Grand Street Settlement • Harlem United • hetrick-martin institute • hispanic health network • Housing Works • Human Intonation • IDUHA IPA • Iris House • Latino Commission on AIDS • Legal action center • Love Alive International • Montefiore Medical Center • Morris Heights Health Center • Mount Sinai Health System • National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, inc. • NYC Health + Hospitals • new york city Health Department • New York State department of health • Oasis –  latino lgbts wellness center • Queens HIV Care Network • Queens Hospital • STAR Program, SUNY Downstate Hospital • St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction •  The alliance for positive change • The Institute for Family Health • THE LGBT community center (nyc) • transdiaspora network • Translatina Network • Treatment Action Group (TAG) • Ventanillas de Salud/consulate general of mexico in ny • VillageCare • Visual AIDS • VOCAL-NY • Voces latinos

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