April 3, 2014
Community Engagement Forums
The Community Prevention Team will be hosting regional community engagement forums to meet with local community leadership, business owners, faith leaders and advocates to get an opportunity to “go to” the epidemic. It will allow staff to reach out to the people who are most affected by this disease and provide an opportunity to work more closely with staff and providers in the field who have a more personal, up-close reality of the barriers impacting prevention efforts.
Prior to the dialogues taking place, we will conduct focus groups on community issues related to community mobilization and media. The focus groups will choose their top two to three known underlying factors that potentially contribute to the current HIV/AIDS trends in high-risk communities. We will convene two separate groups in each area—one with a focus on the prevention stakeholders and another for community members. The community members would choose the top two to three factors that they believe are the reasons for the spread of HIV/AIDS in their communities. They will also inform the Community Prevention Team regarding media and messaging used in the marketing of HIV Prevention campaigns and initiatives, as well as barriers to behavior change, and factors that contribute to prevention fatigue. In response to these issues, the second group will address the actions necessary to resolve the issues at hand.
The purpose of the community engagement sessions is to assess the condition of the Florida Department of Health’s partnerships and community buy-in with relation to community leadership and stakeholders, in an effort to redevelop those partnerships to address the state of HIV in the communities most heavily impacted. These dialogues will serve as a place to discuss issues affecting the target populations in five key areas and how agencies and civic groups can work together to assist the community in its HIV efforts.
The community engagement forums will take place on the following dates:
March 28, 2014
Polk County is The Next Stop for Faces of HIV
April will see The Faces of HIV Mobile Art Exhibit visit Polk County. Everyone is invited to experience this free award-winning exhibit first hand as it makes its Polk County tour debut. Bring a friend and hear firsthand about the personal relationships, stigma and care issues associated with being HIV positive. The first stopread more »
March 6, 2014
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 10
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10th and is a nationwide observance with a goal of encouraging people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raising awareness of its impact on women and girls. HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. According to the Centersread more »
February 25, 2014
National Week of Prayer: March 2-9
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (March 2-9, 2014) is an annual HIV awareness campaign that mobilizes faith communities; and highlights the contributions and impact congregations are making in areas of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement. Now in its 25th year, The National Week of Prayerread more »
February 18, 2014
The Faces of HIV Makes Its Next Stops Along The Treasure Coast
The Faces of HIV Mobile Art Exhibit will make its tour debut along the Treasure Coast in March. The tour will stop in three locations to ensure residents of Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County have the chance to experience the project’s touching stories, captivating portraits and touching videos. Everyone isread more »