AIDS Alabama’s advocacy initiative empowers people living with HIV, ensuring that the people who are most affected by the epidemic are at the table helping to make decisions that impact them the most. AIDS Alabama works to create and maintain laws that help prevent the transmission of HIV and laws that improve the lives of people living with HIV. Alongside these policy goals, AIDS Alabama educates the broader community on HIV and related issues.
- Build and strengthen skills of advocates living with HIV through in-person trainings in order to bolster community engagement and help educate public officials about issues impacting people living with HIV.
- Coordinate a network of health services providers, non-profit organizations, churches, universities, colleges, AIDS services organizations and community leaders to connect the Latino community in Alabama to HIV testing, education, advocacy; and linkage to care for Latinos living with HIV/AIDS through the Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition.
“It’s the chance to represent the African-American women in my area,” says Positive Leadership Council member Cynthia Rodgers. “Women who may not have the opportunity or the willingness to voice their needs to the folks who can help meet those needs. PLC provides the training, camaraderie, and support I need personally and professionally.”