Regional: ASOs granted, Dems elect officers

Carolinas News Notes

ASOs nets grant

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. (PALSS), 2638 Two Notch Rd.  #108, Columbia, S.C., and Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN),  601 E. 5th St. #470, Charlotte, N.C., each received a grant from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Southern Initiative. ViiV is located in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

palss_logoAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2013, the Southern region of the U.S. accounted for more HIV diagnoses than all other U.S. regions combined, ViiV shared. Positive Action Southern Initiative grants support organizations filling critical gaps in services and working to enhance or improve existing programs that serve marginalized or minority populations in the Southern U.S.

Those who obtain the grant money are determined to be making a difference in the HIV/AIDS support community in the south which has been disproportionately impacted by HIV.

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According to Ernest Hopkins, a member of the Positive Action Southern Initiative review committee, “This group of grantees represents some of the most innovative, effective programming in the south. Many of them are utilizing peer-based networks to discuss very important and timely topics such as mental health, linkages to care and ways to improve the adherence of their clients. Recipients will also have the opportunity to join the Southern Initiative Network, which creates a platform to share lessons learned and best practices with other community leaders.”

rain_logoPALSS and RAIN are among seven grant recipients from across the U.S. who will receive up to $50,000 per year for two years to support youth-led social and digital media projects that help provide young gay and bisexual men access to care, aligned with their unique needs and in a safe environment, ViiV shared.

Viiv added, “The Positive Action Southern Initiative now operates in 10 southern states, with the goal of reducing disparities among black and Latino populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the Positive Action Southern Initiative has grown into a network of nearly 30 organizations throughout the south with programs and partnerships that help link and retain underserved and high-risk individuals in care.

info: viivhealthcare.compalss.orgcarolinarain.org.

Dems elect officers

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Democrats of North Carolina elected officers at their standing-room-only Nov. 21 annual convention held at North Carolina State University’s Talley Student Center.

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Filling slots for officers and district chairs and vice chairs were: Ryan Butler, president; Ginger Walker, vice president; September McCrady, secretary; Pat Warren, treasurer; and Ben Julen, vice president of university and college outreach.

The organization also has county chapters that include Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake.

info: lgbtdemocrats.org.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.