In partnership with the BEAT-HIV Community Advisory Board, Philadelphia FIGHT leads the Community Outreach efforts in Philadelphia for the BEAT-HIV Collaboratory. Through its educational programming, including Project TEACH, TEACH Outside, AIDS Education Month, the Community Health Training Alliance, as well as other community events, Philadelphia FIGHT is facilitating a series of educational and public awareness events about the activities and progress of the BEAT-HIV Collaboratory’s quest to find advance HIV cure research.
Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive health services organization providing state of the art, culturally-competent HIV primary medical care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to adults and youth living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, as well as access to the most advanced clinical research. Each year, FIGHT reaches over 10,000 individuals with social services and education programs and treats over 2,000 people with HIV at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center regardless of their insurance status or the ability to pay. FIGHT’s goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV. For more information about FIGHT’s programs and services, visit www.fight.org.
Since 1994, Philadelphia FIGHT has produced AIDS Education Month (AEM), a series of events throughout Philadelphia to increase AIDS awareness and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus. Over 10,000 individuals are directly reached by AEM every June. AEM is managed by the Community Health Training Alliance, FIGHT’s community and professional training program that offers a year-long series of public workshops, conferences, webinars, and symposiums on health topics that impact our most vulnerable communities.
AIDS Education Month (AEM) is a primary means of disseminating HIV cure research results and other updates to the community. Since 2017, the BEAT-HIV Community Advisory Board has been a proud supporter of the HIV Prevention and Education Summit, AEM’s signature event. The CAB organizes and participates in cure-affiliated workshops during the conference. Topics have included media coverage of the HIV Cure, HIV criminalization, and HIV research updates. The 2019 HIV Prevention and Education Summit served as the world premiere for the HIV Cure Research Education Video Series.
The BEAT- HIV CAB also participates in other FIGHT productions such as The Reunion Project, a community event for long-term survivors living with HIV for more than 20 years. Dr. Luis Montaner and Dr. James Riley discussed HIV Cure research and talked about the BEAT-HIV Delaney Collaboratory at the 2017 event. The CAB also works with the Community Health Training Alliance to produce webinars throughout the year on a variety of topics.
For more information on the Community Health Training Alliance, visit https://fight.org/programs/community-health-training-alliance/.
If your organization is interested in hosting a BEAT-HIV Community Outreach event, please contact Evon Burton, Director of Communications, Philadelphia FIGHT, at firstname.lastname@example.org.