The Washington AIDS Partnership brings together ideas, people, & resources to fight HIV/AIDS in the Greater Washington, D.C. region
What is the Washington AIDS Partnership? We are a committed group of individuals and organizations striving to prevent new HIV infections and help those living with HIV in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Each year, the Partnership raises money from people like you to support the most effective, life-saving HIV and health programs in our region, including HIV testing, education to improve people's health, and connecting people living with HIV to medical care. In 2014, the Partnership helped more than 10,000 people get tested, educated, and engaged in the health care system. The Partnership also operates several life-saving programs, including:
Youth Leadership Development: The Partnership recruits, trains, and mentors a team of 12 young people each year who commit to a year of full-time volunteer service at local health care and community-based service providers in Washington, D.C. In exchange for their service, team members receive a small stipend. Each individual is a critical resource to the community. The 2014-2015 team tested and counseled 3,339 people for HIV, provided health education to 4,297 individuals, and helped 4,299 clients access care, hospice, and other supportive services. Not only do they help people drastically improve their lives, but members grow immensely through a year of service:
Anne: There really is no place like Joseph’s House. Every day I go to work I feel truly lucky to work in such a supportive, loving, accepting, and compassionate place. My primary job is to be a friend to the residents that call Joseph’s House home. On any given day that could mean accompanying them to a doctor’s appointment, taking them on a fun outing, watching TV with them or sitting at their bedside as they take their final breaths. While it can be an emotionally heavy job at times, it has given me an extraordinary opportunity to learn and grow. I have learned the power of a smile, a hug, and a freshly baked cookie, and how being present is often the greatest pain reliever.
Your donation will make this program possible by supporting the stipend for each of twelve AmeriCorps members as they live and work in the District.
Access to Care: Thousands of D.C. residents living with HIV fail to get medical care despite knowing their status. Shame, stigma, and a confusing health care system are just a few reasons for this problem. The Washington AIDS Partnership’s Positive Pathways program places peer community health workers in D.C. neighborhoods to identify individuals living with HIV and help them re-enter and navigate the health care system. Through Positive Pathways, over 1,000 individuals have been connected to medical care. A success story from Positive Pathways:
"Emily" had stopped seeing her doctor. Our Community Health Worker Marisa tried to reach her for weeks by phone and through home visits. When they finally connected, Emily explained that she had been missing her appointments because she was financially supporting her sister and caring for her mother, who had a stroke. As they talked more, Emily explained that she was angry about being infected, and that her medications were a reminder of her HIV infection. Marisa explained that she had gone through the same thing and that while dealing with being infected was hard, Emily could overcome it. Emily was amazed when Marisa disclosed her HIV status. She shared that she had not told any of her family members that she was living with HIV. Marisa connected her to support and medical care. Emily is now taking her HIV medicine, her health has improved, and she has gone back to school.
Your donation will help support the Community Health Workers as they help people living with HIV.
For more information on the Washington AIDS Partnership, an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, please visit the Partnership’s website: www.washingtonaidspartnership.org.
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