AIDS United Launches Webinar Series to Support HIV Community Resilience Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

AIDS United will host a series of webinar conversations geared toward addressing the continued impacts of COVID-19 on the HIV community and movement.

Called “Relief, Recovery and Resilience,” this webinar series will bring together people and organizations from across the HIV community to share expertise, experiences and resources to continue to support people living with and affected by HIV amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 creates risks for all of us, especially for those of us who live at the intersections of multiple identities and HIV,” said Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United. “Our community has long known that public health crises disproportionately impact people of color, LGBTQ people, people of low income and those living with chronic health conditions. Through this series, AIDS United will continue to share strategies for adapting your programs and services in this new environment, information on what is happening at federal and grassroots levels, and how together we can advocate for what we need in the COVID-19 crisis and for ending the HIV epidemic.”

The first webinar will take place on June 11 at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss the actions HIV service organizations have taken to continue service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic and what needs remain.

The conversation will be anchored in data collected from a recent survey of nearly 150 of AIDS United’s grantees, partners and stakeholders from across the United States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. This 60-minute panel will be facilitated by AIDS United’s COVID-19 Response Team and be immediately followed by a 30-minute question and answer opportunity.

Speakers include:

  • Jesse Milan Jr., AIDS United president and CEO (Washington, D.C. — Nacotchtank & Piscataway Land)
  • Tyler TerMeer, Cascade AIDS Project CEO (Portland, Oregon — Cowlitz & Clackamas Land)
  • Sandra Miranda de Leon, PR CONCRA executive director (San Juan, Puerto Rico — Boriken Taíno Land)
  • Charles King, Housing Works CEO (New York, New York — Lenape & Canarsie Land)
  • Philomena Kebec, policy analyst and attorney, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and member of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Odanah, Wisconsin — Chippewa Land)
  • Dwain Bridges, Thrive SS director of operations (Atlanta, Georgia — Muscogee Land)

Future webinar topics will include the impact of COVID-19 on older adults living with HIV, contingency planning and rapid response for CBOs, and much more.

To learn more about COVID-19’s impact on the HIV community and how AIDS United has been working to provide support, click here.