What We Do

OACF's Major Service Areas

The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund (OACF) is committed to reducing new infections, stigma and health disparities while increasing access to care and collaboration of services. We focus on five major service areas:

  1. Grants - Our grants committee seeks applications each spring in an effort to fund projects and programs that focus on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as they apply to the needs of individuals living in Oklahoma. From our annual gala, Red Tie Night, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to fund organizations and projects focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS or the needs of Oklahomans living with the disease. More than $12 million has been distributed to the HIV/AIDS community since 1992. Each year, our annual grants are awarded in the month of June. For inquiries regarding grant application guidelines, deadlines and eligibility contact our Executive Director, Cher Golding at cgolding@okaidscarefund.com.

  2. Advocacy - Oversees the Oklahoma HIV and AIDS Advocacy Coalition to educate elected officials about HIV/AIDS and the importance of public funding, positve policy changes and legislation. 

  3. Emergency Assistance Program - Funding available to address emergency needs and eliminate the barriers preventing those in need from accessing and remaining in treatment. OACF’s Emergency Assistance Program reduces the economic impact on city and state funded programs by keeping families in need from going homeless, going hungry, or going without vital medication. Case managers can request emergency assistance support on behalf of their clients in Oklahoma living with HIV/AIDS who have no other means to pay for medical, housing, utilities, prescriptions or other basic needs. Covering these costs eliminates the barriers preventing them from accessing and remaining in treatment. In 2016, the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund provided $25,000 in emergency assistance funding to more than 50 individuals living with HIV in Oklahoma.

  4. Education & Prevention - Collaborative program with the Oklahoma State Health Department and community based organizations providing HIV prevention and testing services to the public. HIV is a serious public health issue in Oklahoma with over 300 new infections each year. One of the best ways to prevent HIV is through testing and safe sex. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It is important for people who are HIV negative to value their HIV status and protect themselves and make smart decisions when it comes to HIV prevention. For those who test positive, being diagnosed at an early stage means they will have a better chance of living a long and healthy life, protect their immune systems before it gets too weak, and protect their current and future sexual partners from contracting the disease. Free test sites in Oklahoma can be found by dialing 2-1-1.

  5. Collaboration Partners - Partnerships with groups, associations and government agencies addressing prevention, advocacy and care for HIV/AIDS in different and more diverse ways. Some of our partners include the Oklahoma HIV/Hepatitis Planning Council, the Oklahoma HIV and AIDS Advocacy Coalition, the Oklahoma Native American HIV/AIDS Task Force, the OKC AIDS Coalition, and the Oklahoma HIV Prevention and Testing Co-op. 

 

List of Agency Grants & Programs Funded from Proceeds of Red Tie Night 2017

AIDS Support Program (Winds House) 
To support the Positively Health Living Program to purchase equipment and provide cooking classes for residents living with HIV residing in emergency housing at the Winds House.

Be the Change
To support the Community Promise Initiative which is an evidence based intervention addressing HIV risks associated with injection drug use among adolescents and young adults.

Diversity Center of Oklahoma 
To provide psychosocial counseling and therapy for individuals coping with an HIV diagnosis and complications from the disease.

Expressions Community Center
To support the facility management of a collaborative center for HIV-related services, support groups, trainings and outreach services.

Grateful Day Foundation (Oklahomans for Equality)
To support an annual HIV Wellness Retreat for those living with HIV/AIDS. The retreat provides healing arts, therapies, and workshops focusing on advances in treatment and care.

Guiding Right, Inc.
To provide operating support for the Link to Life program in Tulsa and the Food is Life program in Oklahoma City. Link to Life provides free testing and linkage to care for newly diagnosed individuals in the Tulsa area. Food is Life is a partnership with OU Infectious Disease Institute and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and will establish a farmers market in one of the highest at-risk communities void of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Heartline
To support HIV/AIDS related support and referrals for the calls to the 2-1-1 phone and texting systems. The program connects callers with HIV/AIDS resources while providing crisis intervention, and suicide prevention.

Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.)
To provide free HIV prevention, outreach and testing services in rural Oklahoma. This program addresses the challenges for those living in small rural communities in need of broader anonymous care.

Latino Community Development Agency
To support an HIV/AIDS prevention program targeted to under-served, uninsured high risk communities in central Oklahoma. This program serves the Latino Community along with a broader and diversified clientele in a bilingual and bi-cultural environment.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
To provide legal services for those living with HIV/AIDS. Services range from advice to full civil representation at District, Federal and Administrative Courts.

NorthCare
To support the Young Okies United (YOU) Program that seeks to address the risks of HIV infections for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-29. This demographic makes up 50% of the newly diagnosed HIV infections in Oklahoma. YOU provides outreach to youth at risk for HIV/AIDS while addressing health disparity issues and sexual health challenges.

Other Options, Inc.
To support the Friends Food Pantry to provide food and nutritional supplements for over 2,000 households affected by HIV/AIDS. Funding will also support equipment and transportation needs for the program.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains
To support the Get REAL (Real Education About Life) Program that provides safe sex, HIV prevention and educational outreach in central Oklahoma.

RAIN Oklahoma
To support the expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention education, unreimbursed case management supportive services and urgent client needs that are unavailable through other resources. The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities for those living with HIV/AIDS and keep them moving through the continuum of care to reach full viral suppression and maintain good overall health, wellness and stability.

List of Agency Grants & Programs Funded from Proceeds of Red Tie Night 2016.

AIDS Support Program
To support utility costs at the Winds House and Winds Family House residences for tenants who are HIV-infected.

Be the Change
To support the HIV Support Network program and provide medical and non-medical transportation, moving assistance, home and lawn care, along with social and leisure activities for those living with HIV.

Children’s Hospital Foundation
To support a dedicated nurse practitioner to assist families raising children who are HIV-infected.

Expressions Community Center
To support the facility and maintenance costs in order to continue to provide a safe place for community events, support groups and HIV-related services and outreach programs.

Guiding Right, Inc.
To support HIV counseling, testing and referral services in the Tulsa Area.

Heartline
To support the crisis intervention, suicide prevention and HIV service navigation calls to 2-1-1.

H.O.P.E.
To support the HIV education, testing and outreach program in rural Oklahoma.

Latino Community Development Agency
To support the Breaking the Silence Program that provides culturally sensitive counseling, testing and referrals to help reduce HIV infection and transmission in the Latino community.

Legal Aid Services Oklahoma
To provide free legal services in civil matters to low-income Oklahomans living with HIV/AIDS including assistance with housing issues, income maintenance problems, consumer problems, employment issues, family law issues, and end-of-life planning.

MAMA Knows
To support counseling, testing, referral services, education and prevention to the southcentral region of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund
To support the emergency assistance program, an educational outreach and advocacy program, as well as test kits for the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s free testing program.  The emergency assistance program is for case managers to access on behalf of their clients with no other means to pay for medical, housing, utilities or prescriptions.

Other Options
To purchase food and nutritional supplements for distribution in the food pantry for over 1,600 households.

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
To support the Get Real program to bring individuals and groups information skills, motivation and means to reduce the transmission of HIV.

RAIN Oklahoma
To support the case management supervisor of the Ryan White Part B program who oversees the case managers and services to over 1,000 HIV/AIDS clients throughout Oklahoma.

List of Agency Grants & Programs Funded from Proceeds of Red Tie Night 2015

AIDS Support Program, Inc., a.k.a. The Winds House
Housing support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Be the Change, Inc.
Volunteer teams providing home-based support services to address needs not met by other resources.

Expressions Community Center, Oklahoma City
Free HIV testing, education, prevention, support groups and counseling.

HeartLine, Inc.
Supplemental costs of 211 HIV/AIDS information and referral help-line.

Latino Community Development Agency
HIV/AIDS testing, education & counseling to the Hispanic community.

Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, Inc.
Free legal services to low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS.

MAMA Knows, Inc.
HIV/AIDS awareness to rural communities in Central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund Programs
Multi-level HIV education, prevention, emergency assistance, advertising, testing and special projects.

Other Options,Inc.
Food pantry & nutritional meals for individuals and their families with HIV/AIDS.

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
HIV prevention & outreach through Get R.E.A.L. community education and prevention project.

RAIN
Coordinated access to healthcare and support services for individuals with HIV/AIDS.