Presentation on theme: "The Ohio HIV/AIDS Strategy Creating a More Coordinated Response to Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Tyler Andrew TerMeer, MS Ohio AIDS Coalition Director."— Presentation transcript:
The Ohio HIV/AIDS Strategy Creating a More Coordinated Response to Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Tyler Andrew TerMeer, MS Ohio AIDS Coalition Director
Road Map Welcome & Program Logistics Re-envisioning HIV/AIDS: Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation Break Group Discussion: Assessing the Ohio Landscape Lunch / OAC Community Needs Assessment Report Think Tank Break Out Discussions Closing Remarks and Next Steps
OAC History In 1989, the Ohio AIDS Coalition officially became incorporated as a non- profit organization expanding and increasing its capacity to provide education, leadership and advocacy for persons affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Ohio Communities. OAC has grown tremendously over the years; the impact that OAC has had on lives has reached thousands throughout Ohio communities. As OAC evolves advocacy, empowerment, leadership and networking people to care will continue to remain the forefront as we make strides to serve the needs of people living with and affected by HIV in Ohio. The last several years have brought a changing landscape for the organization, as OAC began to shift its focus from client outreach toward community education, engagement and leadership.
Mergers and Alliances … In 2011, after a year-long assessment process, three leading, Ohio organizations—AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Columbus AIDS Task Force, and the Ohio AIDS Coalition—merged. This alliance creates Ohio's largest ASO, enabling us to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ohio through awareness, advocacy and care. With 11 offices in 9 cities (Columbus - 3, Cleveland, Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo, Athens, Chillicothe, and Newark), we will provide linkage to care and supportive services to more than 3,000 Ohioans living with HIV/AIDS. Thousands more will be reached with evidence- based prevention and HIV testing.
Who We Serve … OAC’s supporters are People Living With HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, medical providers, local and state health department officials, social workers, mental health professionals, and other persons affected by the epidemic. OAC continues to provide education and leadership programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, Case Managers, Medical Providers, and other Health Professionals across all 88 counties.
OAC’s Mission and Vision Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC) is a division of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) providing education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community. Mission The Coalition functions as a statewide network, carrying on activities that local groups are unable to perform and are best served on a statewide level, including but not limited to Healing Events, Publications, Leadership Training, and Advocacy. The Coalition shall consult with policy makers to prevent discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS disease and to obtain support for HIV/AIDS disease education, research and quality services. Vision To provide hope, healing, and empowerment to all persons affected by HIV/AIDS disease within the state of Ohio.
OAC’s Core Objectives Objectives To advance consumer understanding of the standard of HIV care; To increase consumer ability to self-assess their current level of care; To develop consumer capacity to self-advocate for improved healthcare; To promote wellness through empowerment, education and advocacy; & To strengthen Ohio’s community response to HIV/AIDS.
Meeting Purpose Two years after the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we are long overdue for a critical dialogue that examines what we have learned over the course of the epidemic in Ohio and it is imperative that we begin to pave the way forward in strengthening the Ohio community response to ending HIV/AIDS. We must be committed to Breaking down the silos and beginning to create a more coordinated response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have reached a pivotal moment in the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, at the intersection of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Affordable Care Act, where we have the potential to bring an end to HIV in Ohio communities.
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Tyler Andrew TerMeer, MS Director of Ohio AIDS Coalition A Division of ARC Ohio 614-340-6712 email@example.com Contact Information