Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign™ is a coalition of groups concerned about the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS in our Commonwealth and the often unrecognized impact that this infection has on all Kentucky citizens.
Our membership includes people living with HIV/AIDS, medical and support care providers, representatives of payor organizations, community group leaders, and allied organizations.We are working together to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in our Commonwealth with the goal of ensuring that those not infected with HIV/AIDS remain so and those living with HIV/AIDS receive the care and support that they need to lead rewarding lives. The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign is a proud member organization of Kentucky Equality Federation.
Special thanks to Jordan Palmer and Kentucky Equality Federation; marriage equality would help HIV/AIDS individuals
With Marriage Equality Kentucky, the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign (www.kentuckyaids.org), (both members of Kentucky Equality Federation) give thanks to Jordan Palmer the president of the Kentucky Equality Federation for trying to bring marriage equality to our state regardless of the outcome.
Marriage for HIV/AIDS positive people would entitle them to over 550 benefits the commonwealth of Kentucky currently denies because of the gay marriage ban.
The federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published a new paper, HIV Diagnoses and Prevalence in the Southern Region of the United States, 2007-2010, further documenting the high HIV burden in the South. Since our allies at both the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Iniative (SASI) and the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) are mentioned on the second page of the paper, we would like to think our combined advocacy efforts contributed to this focus on the South. More
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign and Kentucky Equality Federation recognize World AIDS Day 2012. As a member of Kentucky Equality Federation, the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign speaks for both organizations.
“Please take a moment to remember, pray and support all those in the wake of this massive pandemic, that has directly affected over 33 MILLION people worldwide (including in your own back yard) on a daily basis,” stated Managing Director Gary Fowler, CDC/ASPH. “Those who know me know that I am very passionate about this cause and I’ve dedicated most of my adult life fighting for it. Join me in a moment to remember and pray for hope.”
Kentucky Equality Federation brings back watchdog campaign to monitor HIV/AIDS funding and assist those living with the virus; continued education and outreach critical to curtailing infection rates
LEXINGTON, KY — The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign today announced a new managing director, Mr. Gary Fowler, PsyD, CDC/ASPH Fellow. Mr. Fowler served as president of the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group, an organization that originally began in 2002 but folded when Mr. Fowler stepped down as president. Mr. Fowler also served on the Governor’s HIV/AIDS Planning Committee during his term as president, and remains the Kentucky board member and representative for Kentucky with the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC).
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign succeeds and survives the longstanding Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group which fought with Kentucky Equality Federation in 2010 to restore the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistant Program (KADAP) (previous press release).
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign is now a component organization of Kentucky Equality Federation. The sitting president of Kentucky Equality Federation is both the ceremonial head of the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign and its ex officio president. The same is true for the chairman of the board, treasurer, secretary of the corporation, and assistant secretary of the corporation. Kentucky Equality Federation’s Board of Directors will supervise corporate governance just as it does with Marriage Equality Kentucky and Kentucky Equal Ballot Access under operating agreements for component organizations of Kentucky Equality Federation.
A group of special government, non-profit and political advisers as well as a special board of regents consisting of additional experts will ‘consult and advise’ the managing director of the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has identified 30 murders motivated by bias against LGBT and HIV-affected people in the U.S. last year, the largest number ever recorded by the coalition, and 87% of the victims were people of color.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that improved program efficiencies, pharmaceutical rebates and supplemental funding from the federal government have led to the elimination of the list of individuals who were awaiting assistance from the Kentucky AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (KADAP).
Led by Kentucky Equality Federation, the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Group, and AVOL (AIDS Volunteers Inc.), organizations across the Commonwealth expressed alarm and dismay that the 2010 budget was passed without funding for the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP).
Special Statement from Bobby Edelen, Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group President:
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group (“KHAAG”) is pleased that the Commonwealth of Kentucky was awarded $1.78 million dollars in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (“ADAP”) relief funds from the federal government. With this influx of money and other cost saving measures taken by the KDPH we will transition all of the remaining 251 people off of the wait list. It is projected that we will be able to absorb the projected 20 new cases every month for the rest of the fiscal year.
In a proposed commonwealth budget that allocates over $3.4 billion for road projects, a small request of $3.5 million to fund the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) has been ignored, leaving hundreds living with HIV/AIDS facing difficult choices.
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It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Frankfort to testify or even to Washington I am struck with awe.
On February 17, 2010, I testified about the sad state of KADAP, (Kentucky Drug Assistance Program), highlighting the waiting list and other factors that caused health disparities among people living with HIV/AIDS. The representatives on the committee were attentive and polite. I think they were surprised that the Commonwealth was not contributing to KADAP.
There was other advocates there and the altogether the picture of how funding KADAP and other vital services was painted very well. Terri Jones and board member Monica Brown with Unicorn the Medwine Bell Foundation, an organization committed to testing and linking people to care, based in Louisville, KY. They spoke about how vital KADAP is in their efforts to getting those individuals into care..
Oppose House Bill 350 – We want physicians, registered nurses, social workers, etc. with training and education!
HIV and AIDS healthcare in Kentucky is decimated; the Commonwealth allowed the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program to expire. Now, lawmakers in Frankfort want to remove HIV/AIDS training requirements for licensed service providers such as physicians, registered nurses, social workers, etc. Since treatment options change rapidly, it is imperative that all health care professionals know the physical manifestations of HIV/AIDS.
The health of over 5,000 low-income Kentuckians living with HIV are already in grave danger without the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program, and House Bill 350 will place the lives of those at risk of infection in grave danger.
» The Aids Volunteers of Lexington (AVOL) issues a position paper about the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program. (view).
» Joint Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group action alert with Kentucky Equality Federation. (view)