AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
SUNSHINE SOCIAL SERVICES, INC.
THE POVERELLO CENTER
THE PRIDE CENTER AT EQUALITY PARK
THE WORLD AIDS MUSEUM AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is a non-profit, global organization providing services to over 819,000 people in 36 countries. As the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States, and a truly independent voice in the mission to rid the world of AIDS, AHF’s operating capital comes from its own self-created social enterprises. AHF Pharmacies, thrift stores, healthcare contracts and other strategic partnerships generate funding that helps AHF provide medical and advocacy services across the globe, reaching and treating patients regardless of their ability to pay. AHF is currently leading a mass testing initiative to identify and treat the 25 million people who don’t know they are infected. By advocating big goals – aiming to see an unprecedented 1 billion people tested each year – AHF hopes to eliminate older, more time-consuming methods of HIV testing and treatment. Since 1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. As they create and implement unparalleled programs in new communities in the U.S. and abroad, AHF expands delivery of healthcare and influence over policy with the sole aim of saving more lives.
To learn more about AIDS Healthcare Foundation, visit www.aidshealth.org.
SAVE is recognized as South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) against discrimination.
Since 1993, SAVE has advocated for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We accomplish this through grassroots action focused on:
SAVE’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
SunServe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social services agency serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community in South Florida. We provide high quality, culturally relevant care for all with an emphasis on those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, persons living with HIV, and those with life-challenging physical or emotional conditions. We also offer myriad education and training services.
Mission: Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, our mission is to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the greater South Florida metropolitan area.
Who We Help (Annually; Based on 2017)
Mental Health: 600
Training Recipients: 1,103
HIV/AIDS Case Management: 703
Transgender Services and Groups: 213
Women’s Services: 45
In Florida, 135,986 people are estimated to be living with HIV, including 15.6% who don’t even know they are infected, and so aren’t receiving any treatment. Florida is disproportionately affected, and while progress has been made, the rate of new HIV diagnosis in Broward County is on the rise with 770 people newly diagnosed last year. We won’t stop this fight until AIDS is a thing of the past! To truly make a difference, we need caring people like you to sponsor our participation in the walk. Did you know we served 3000 people with HIV last year? Or that 86.1% of our participants had a controlled viral load, meaning they cannot spread the virus? That rate is better than the national average of 49% and better than any other provider of food or medical services in the Ryan White Care System in Broward County.
To learn more about the services that Poverello offers, visit www.poverello.org.
The Pride Center at Equality Park celebrates 24 years of service in 2017. Our mission is: “We provide a welcoming, safe space–an inclusive home–that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.” The Pride Center meets the distinct health, social, educational, socio-economic and safety needs for the LGBTQ community and our allies.
Last year, more than 35,000 adult and youth attended activities at The Center. The Center hosts more than 65 regularly-meeting groups each month. Support, social and educational groups focus on seniors, youth, women, men, transgender individuals, recovery, health, the arts, athletics, spirituality, games and more. Outreach activities over the past year directly impacted over 125,000 residents and visitors to South Florida.
To learn more about The Pride Center, visit www.pridecenterflorida.org.
For nine years, Latinos Salud has provided colorful and sensitive outreach to South Florida’s gay Latinos, to all persons living with HIV, and to everyone who identifies as transgender. Operating three full-time locations in Broward and Miami-Dade, our 30 staff provide free walk-in HIV and STD screening, linkage-to-care, one-on-one life coaching, support groups, youth programs, and peer leadership development. In 2017, we added Ryan White case management services.
Latinos Salud’s diverse staff hail from Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela. Most are themselves immigrants to the mainland U.S., and have now created a welcoming home for all who enter our doors.
With our targeted services and cultural competence, Latinos Salud brings into care the clients who would not otherwise feel comfortable accessing a clinic, identifying a new HIV infection every 60th test. Latinos Salud staff personally accompany members to their first medical appointments—providing translation, offering moral support—and then stay with them to coach them through the process of sticking faithfully to their regimen for longer life.
The CDC reports that new HIV infection rates are finally dropping for all demographic groups—except for Latinos and gay men. Locally, gay Latinos live only half as long as their non-minority peers. But together, we will knock down the barriers that are causing too many gay Latinos to miss out on vital HIV prevention information, and timely life-saving care. We can stop HIV in South Florida!
To learn more about Latinos Salud, visit www.latinossalud.org.
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center is open to the public to come to, explore and enjoy. They offer guided docent tours on request. In their main gallery is the CHRONOLOGY OF AIDS which is the history of HIV and AIDS. They have two small art galleries that offer thought-provoking and heartwarming art experiences. Additionally, the research center is open to the public, providing the latest up-to-date information. Finally, they provide HIV/STI education in schools and in others settings serving at-risk segments of the population. The idea for the World AIDS Museum grew out of the Fort Lauderdale based group, Pozitive Attitudes, a topic driven support group for HIV positive individuals. Steve Stagon, the facilitator, who would later become the Museum’s founder, started creating historical HIV/AIDS exhibits as topics for the group. In the early days, these were displayed at the Pride Center of South Florida and Blanche Ely High School. Other members of the Pozitive Attitudes group showed interest and on September 20, 2011, the World AIDS Museum was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center believes it is important to document the history of HIV/AIDS, to deepen understanding of this continuing worldwide epidemic through empowerment, education and enlightenment, and to remove the stigma of HIV/AIDS, which acts as a barrier to both testing and prevention.
Pridelines is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by gay and bisexual youth for LGBTQ youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign.
More than 30 years later, Pridelines continues to provide safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies throughout South Florida.
Their mission is to support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change.
OASIS Florida is a 501c3 community based service organization providing services in Northwest Florida to those affected by HIV/AIDS and promoting prevention of HIV through free testing, outreach and education and access to preventative tools such as PrEP and condoms.
Founded in 1991, OASIS Florida provides, from its 2 locations in Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola, Ryan White case management services to consumers as well as High Impact Prevention programs to clients in a four-county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties). OASIS Florida also produces and hosts the annual Positive Living Conference, celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2018, the nation’s oldest and largest consumer-focused conference with over 90% of its 400+ attendees being people living with HIV/AIDS
To learn more about OASIS Florida, please visit www.oasisflorida.org.
The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Our “Breaking the Cycle” programs uplift more than 11,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development, and diversion, employment and training, community empowerment, and civic engagement. Learn more about the Urban League of Broward County by visiting: www.ulbroward.org.