On behalf of the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN), please find attached the National Latino/Hispanic HIV/AIDS Action Agenda (the Agenda) and the companion Dear Colleague letter. As appropriate, please share with colleague and community partners.
October 16, 2012
The National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN) is proud to release the National Latino/Hispanic HIV/AIDS Action Agenda (the Agenda). The Agenda is an action-orientated report identifying priorities and recommendations to heighten awareness and build capacity of stakeholders to effectively address the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Latino/Hispanic communities. The purpose of the Agenda is to contribute to the national discourse of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States through the collective lens and voice of Latino/Hispanic communities.
NLAAN – a coalition of community-based and national organizations, state and local health departments, researchers and concerned individuals – stands committed to meeting the challenges in this new era by cultivating partnerships across sectors, racial and ethnic communities, issue areas, and geographic borders to effectively leverage expertise and political will to achieve an AIDS-free generation for all communities, particularly Latino/Hispanic communities.
In July 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a comprehensive analysis indicating that only 80 percent of Latinos/Hispanics living with HIV are aware of their HIV positive status; of those a mere 26 percent have the virus under control. These estimates serve as a clear call for stakeholders to take measurable actions in addressing the continuum of care from diagnosis to viral suppression.
The release of the Agenda follows the tenth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a national community mobilization campaign that was established in 2003. While honoring the important of awareness days, the spirit of our release date is to ensure that the discussions and work to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Latino/Hispanic communities is incorporated into our daily conversations, programming and policy initiatives. Every day is an awareness day.
The Agenda is the result of a yearlong, multi-faceted process that included two national forums with over two hundred HIV/AIDS leaders, a web-based national community assessment with over 400 respondents from 40 states and Puerto Rico, eleven roundtable discussions across the country with participants from diverse perspectives, and a thorough literature review based on recent science, policy and program efforts.
NLAAN invites public health officials, service providers, community members and other key stakeholders to use the recommendations set forth in the Agenda to develop, prioritize and measure specific action items to address the unique needs of their Latino/Hispanic communities. The Agenda intends to help communities reflect on their capabilities, increase awareness and successfully apply new perspectives to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
NLAAN is coordinating a series of citywide launches around the country that will lead up to World AIDS Day. To get involved in the citywide releases of the Agenda, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to become an NLAAN member and receive updates on our efforts, please complete the online membership form at the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/960001/National-Latino-AIDS-Action-Network-NLAAN-Membership-Form.
Thank you for your time and contribution in this fight. Let’s ensure that the conversations and actions continue tomorrow and beyond…
NLAAN Leadership Committee
– National Latino AIDS Action Network
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