Advocacy

The Tools You Need to Be a Successful HIV Advocate

The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund oversees the Oklahoma HIV and AIDS Advocacy Coalition. The Coalition is working to educate our elected officials on the struggles that people with HIV/AIDS face and work towards strengthening their rights. We want to ensure positive policy changes and legislation while increasing access to care and improved health outcomes.

The Coalition focuses on five main goals:

  1. Working with community leaders and educating elected officials about HIV/AIDS and the importance of public funding, positive policy changes and legislation.
  2. Working with the Oklahoma State Health Department to develop a unifited message in an effort to protect critical Ryan White Funding in OKlahoma and access any additional dollars available.
  3. Capacity building and promoting grassroots advocacy training to help reduce HIV-related stigma, health disparities and health inequities in Oklahoma.
  4. Increasing access to care and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma.
  5. Implementing an HIV Awareness Day at the State Capitol and fostering a positive presence at the Capitol during the legislative session. 

 

Contact Your Elected Officials

Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state and local elected leaders: http://www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature2.aspx?Address=&Address2=&City=&Zip

National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy is a five-year plan that details principles, priorities, and actions to guide our collective national response to the HIV epidemic. The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund and the Oklahoma HIV and AIDS Advocacy Coalition are using the strategy as it relates to Oklahoma. The Strategy has four main goals:

  1. Reduce New Infections.
  2. Increase Access to Care and Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV
  3. Reduce HIV-Related Health Disparities and Health Inequities
  4. Achieve a More Coordinated National Response to the HIV Epidemic

To read the Community Action Plan Framework for the current National HIV/AIDS Strategy, visit: https://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/national-hiv-aids-strategy/nhas-2020-community-action-plan.pdf