Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS)

OASIS, through its Activate! U Advocacy Academy (as part of the Positive Living Conference), empowers and trains individuals—especially people living with HIV—on how to advocate for themselves. It provides tools for developing talking points, especially around current social and racial justice issues; how to properly address and contact elected officials; and how to build networks and develop allies. Workshops are geared toward growing efforts to address stigma, discrimination, homophobia, racism, sexism, and prejudice. Activate! U encourages participant input into developing plans to combat these injustices and to educate officials on the importance of their role in representing us effectively.

Key Activities

  • Bring together approximately 500 people living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV for the Positive Living Conference
  • Train attendees at the Positive Living Conference through the expanded Activate! U Advocacy Academy to help people living with HIV become effective advocates
  • Throughout the year, monitor emerging Florida policy issues that directly impact people living with HIV including AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) funding, Affordable Care Act implementation, Medicaid expansion, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding to better inform the content of the annual Activate! U Advocacy Academy

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