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Latinos in the Deep South
Latinos in the deep South logo Erik Valera
evalera@latinoaids.org
Program Director

Current Milestones

Through the program the Commission has demonstrated success and experience in organizing various meetings throughout the Deep South to discuss current the impact of HIV/AIDS within the Hispanic community. Through a year-two fact-finding initiative which started in 2006, the Commission was able to recruit a diverse field of partners. The Commission has meet with faith communities; state and county HIV/AIDS programs; community leaders; media, legal advocates; neighborhood associations; Hispanic laborers; researchers; clinicians and AIDS service providers; and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

The Commission investigated current conditions in the Deep South to help catalyze a new assessment and planning initiatives in each state. The Commission co-sponsored seven statewide roundtables on HIV/AIDS prevention and care services reaching Latinos and convened a follow-up meeting in Alabama that brought together researchers, students and providers to outline a research agenda and forge cooperative links. This intensive work with partners across the 7 states resulted in the creation of a report focusing on Latinos in the Deep South, titled, "Shaping the New Response: HIV/AIDS and Latinos in the Deep South."


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