AIN and AHF Align to Improve HIV Prevention and HIV/AIDS Medical Care in Dallas and North Texas

 

New affiliation between AIN and AHF seeks to improve delivery of HIV prevention and lifesaving HIV/AIDS care and services to vulnerable, low-income, multicultural populations in the greater Dallas region. 

DALLAS, TX (September 11, 2019) AIN (AIDS Interfaith Network d.b.a. Access and Information Network) a longtime and well-respected AIDS service organization serving low-income individuals in high levels of need in Dallas and North Texas for more than 30 years, is expanding its capacity to provide an array of critical services to those affected by HIV/AIDS by affiliating with AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation). Both organizations serve HIV-positive clients with a wide variety of services, as well as providing free HIV and STD prevention services, at no cost to the recipients.  

Each year, AIN staff and volunteers provide services to almost 2,000 people living with HIV. AIN’s services include: the Daire wellness center, the meals program, medical transportation, medical and non-medical case management, Spanish language services, outreach, HIV and STI prevention, and linkage to care. Almost half of AIN’s diagnosed clients are over 50 years of age and have been living with HIV for over 20 years. 

AHF is a global organization that now provides cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 1.2 million people in 43 countries. It is also the largest community-based provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States. 

“AIN and AHF each have long and respected histories of service as well as very similar philosophies, purposes, and missions. Taking stock of our respective goals and the community’s needs, we decided we could best serve our clients and communities by entering into a formal affiliation,” said Steven Pace, AIN’s Chief Executive Officer. “We found mutual alignment with many aspects of both organizations, and our programs compliment those of AHF. The affiliation strengthens both organizations as we continue to serve people living with HIV/AIDS and work toward the goal of ending HIV.” 

“This new partnership with AHF will enhance our client’s experiences, including the addition of medical services, while allowing us to maintain our brand and our successful service delivery model. AIN will retain its autonomy and its focus on serving vulnerable populations that have high levels of need, including men, women, children and youth living with, or are susceptible to, HIV while continuing to expand services to address other health disparities our clients may face.” 

“Both AHF and AIN share a common mission to stop the spread of HIV and improve the lives of all people living with HIV/AIDS and we believe this relationship will be mutually beneficial for our clients, patients and our organizations.” said Bret Camp, Texas Regional Director for AHF. “Each organization has a rich history of providing such crucial services: AIN was founded over 30 years ago as the AIDS Interfaith Network to provide HIV/AIDS and related-services specifically to and for underserved, low-income, multicultural communities. AHF started in 1987, a time when the AIDS epidemic was claiming the lives of thousands of men and women across the country and drugs to control the virus were few, new and experimental. This new partnership allows both organizations to continue to leverage our respective strengths to better serve the needs of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas and North Texas area.” 

Through the agreement, AIN will keep its identity, staff, programs, and grants. Immediate access to AHF’s nearby medical and pharmacy services will allow AIN to essentially become a one-stop shop for care and services. AIN’s main location is at 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway Suite 151, Dallas, TX 75207, AHF has services at 3920 Cedar Springs Road (HIV testing, AHF Pharmacy & AHF Wellness Center) and 7777 Forest Lane, 75230 in Dallas (AHF Healthcare Center, AHF Pharmacy and AHF Wellness Center), as well as locations in Ft. Worth and Houston. 

HIV/AIDS in greater Dallas

Dallas County has the highest HIV infection rate in the State of Texas and the fourth highest rate in the country. According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, in 2017 an estimated 18,073 persons were living with HIV in Dallas County – an almost 6% increase over 2016. More than 60% of new HIV diagnoses were in those under 35 years of age. Case rates remain disproportionately higher in African Americans. 

Through its direct service programs, AIN serves the most vulnerable in the Dallas community: almost 2,000 men, women, children and youth who are diagnosed with HIV. Of these clients, 62% are African American, 19% Hispanic, and 19% Caucasian and other ethnicities; over 27% are women, and over 10% are children and youth. More than 95% of our diagnosed clients have incomes of less than $11,000 a year. 

“AHF recognizes the critical importance of supporting patients and clients with local grassroots community-based services that are crucial to ensuring better health care outcomes, and nowhere is this more evident than in supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS, particularly lower-income and multicultural communities, including women and children and youth who have been disproportionately affected by this epidemic,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.”  

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About AIN

AIN (AIDS Interfaith Network d.b.a. Access and Information Network) is a multicultural, 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization providing services for individuals with chronic health conditions and prevention programs for at-risk communities. Through our mission, AIN works to prevent the spread of HIV and serves persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations. AIN has been serving low-income individuals in high levels of need for more than 30 years in Dallas and North Texas. For more information please visit our website at www.AINdallas.org, or find us on Facebook  www.facebook.com/AINdallas or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AIN_dallas. 

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 1.2 million individuals in 43 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Additional information is available at www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @AIDSHealthcare.

The 2019 Steven Pace Life of Service Award

The 2019 Steven Pace

Life of Service Award

The 2019 Steven Pace

Life of Service Award

JW    and    Charlotte

Charlotte Duke and Jane (JW) Wylie give of their lives by serving others. Both prefer not to be in the spotlight, but to take action, helping where they’re needed most.

Their dedication to serving began as public school teachers preparing students for successful futures, and showing them possibilities that they would not have known otherwise.

While working full-time as teachers, Charlotte and JW answered another call to service. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic reached Dallas, they both became volunteers and participated in small group teams called Care Bears, caring for young men who were rapidly dying. Charlotte and JW are among the sheroes of that era—women who were instrumental in providing help and care, sacrificing in a time when few other people would.

In retirement now, their passion for serving continues. They both continue giving their lives in service by helping the homeless on Saturday mornings at Cathedral of Hope. JW serves in the breakfast program called BACH, and Charlotte gives haircuts to homeless people.

JW also serves in the iCare food program at the church, and serves on the Board of Dallas Hope Charities. She is working to help reduce homelessness among LGBT young adults.

In addition, Charlotte volunteers at the Senior Source helping clients manage the limited financial resources. A talented musician, she also serves on the board of the New Texas Symphony.

Charlotte and JW are partners in serving others, and after many years together they have also combined their lives in marriage.

These two very special women were honored at Bloomin’ Ball 2019 with the Steven Pace Life of Service Award. They provide real help and hope by giving their lives in service to others – and their lives show us how serving not only changes individual people’s lives, but also makes the world a better place for us all.

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

Carlos    and    Travis

Travis Gasper and Carlos Zapata are shining examples of why we can have a future filled with hope for a more just and caring society.

Travis won our hearts at AIN as a volunteer in 2009. In 2010, he became the youngest Director of Development in our history. Travis brought AIN into the social media world, raising the profile of AIN and getting the HIV message out to a younger generation. Four years later, his passion for equal rights for all took him to Texas A&M, where he graduated with a JD. During law school, he also spent time championing civil rights for the LGBT community and working with the EEOC on laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.

Travis now works as an Attorney representing workers across the country – always a warrior for justice, with a servant’s heart.

Carlos Zapata shares his gift of broadcast journalism as an Emmy-winning, News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 39. He has worked his way to the coveted Anchor Chair at the 4:00 and 4:30 PM newscasts Monday through Friday. KXTX is ranked #1 regardless of language in key demographics in the DFW market. Carlos has received seven Lone Star Emmy Awards and multiple nominations in Texas and Florida.

He keeps in touch with the community by reporting nightly from the field giving voice to the voiceless through media stories that need to be told. Carlos is a visible example of helping raise awareness of many social justice issues.

Five years ago, Travis and Carlos met at church and were married last December by the Honorable Judge Dominque Collins.

In a time when the rule of law and freedom of the press are so vital to our future, we proudly honor these two men with the Crystal Hope Award. Carlos and Travis each are living the values of truth, integrity, and justice for all.

By Christine Muir – September 25, 2018

AIN — a nonprofit that has been providing access to treatment, care, events, meals, and counseling to Dallas’s community of HIV-positive people for over 30 years — opened its new facility on Sept. 20th.

The facility where a business is housed does not always matter to the employees working to make a difference; but in the case of AIN…..

To read the full article, click here.

Telemundo featured AIN Interpreter/Translator Hortencia Munoz!

Dallas, Texas has some of the highest STD rates in the nation. It is so important to get tested, to know your status and to be educated as to the risks that exist right here in our backyard.

Steven Pace Receives D CEO’s 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award

 

Access and Information Network CEO was recognized at the inaugural award ceremony honoring nonprofits and corporations that “give back” to North Texas

 DALLAS, TX (August 2, 2018) —The clients, employees and Board of Trustees of AIN are delighted to announce that our CEO, Steven Pace, was awarded D CEO’s 2018 Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Award Wednesday evening, August 1st, 2018.

The award, presented by D CEO’s editorial board, honors “…professionals and organizations in the nonprofit world that continue to make a positive impact on the community, often under difficult financial constraints.”

Mr. Pace was one of nine finalists including Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Trey Bowles, The DEC; Terry Flowers, St. Philip’s School and Community Center; Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio; Madeline McClure, TexProtects; Patti Niles, Southwest Transplant Alliance; Kimberly Williams, Interfaith Family Services; and Todd Williams, The Commit Partnership.

Steven Pace Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dallas City Councilman Omar Narvaez presented Access and Information Network (AIN) CEO Steven Pace with a special recognition certificate recently at the 12th annual Bloomin’ Ball. Bloomin’ Ball is AIN’s largest annual fundraiser, and this year’s event was held June 2. The certificate says, in part, “We celebrate a life well lived, a role model citizen and an ambassador contributing to the vision of Dallas to be a diverse, vibrant and progressive city. To read the entire article, click here.

Dallas Voice tv On The Scene:

AIN’s 2018 Bloomin’ Ball

Dallas Voice tv On The Scene:

AIN’s 2018 Bloomin’ Ball

Their Legacies Live On

Their Legacies Live On

Trusts established by Hidden Door’s owners, Jim Roberts and Tony Bobrow, distribute $250K in donations to 3 organizations.

Harvey Meissner, president and general manager of The Hidden Door Inc., this week helped carry on the legacy of two LGBT community stalwarts by presenting donations totaling a quarter-million dollars to three community organizations.

AIN, Resource Center and Legacy Counseling Center each received checks for $87,833, Meissner said, (to read the complete article, click here.)

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