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Community Development Initiatives
Guillermo Chacon
gchacon@latinoaids.org
President
(212) 375-3288

Fighting for Our Latino Community

The Latino Commission on AIDS through the Community Development Initiative (CDI) provides Community Level Intervention (CLI) and Health Communication/Public Information (HC/PI) activities in an effort to reach the Latino community with HIV prevention, education and awareness information.

The Commission conducts various community wide events, which include the annual seven days of prayer, Latino AIDS memorial, Latino leadership conference and Reunion Latina. The HC/PI activities includes presentation and lectures, electronic media, internet, public service announcements and newspaper articles to promote the Commission's Setting the Agenda activities and the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). In addition to these activities, through the Setting the Agenda Coalition, the Commission continues to raise awareness with regards to HIV prevention, health and policy issues through electronic media, print media, and presentation and lectures.

The CDI activities raise awareness via the media and through periodic meetings with leaders in the community. CDI activities also include the dissemination of health, social and policy information regarding the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in order to raise awareness regarding HIV/AIDS and prevention efforts to increase the visibility and health needs within this community. In addition, through the Latino Religious Leadership Project engage the faith based Spanish speaking communities with HIV prevention messages.

Health Policy

Since its conception, the Latino Commission on AIDS has been the active and trusted national voice for the Latino community.  The Commission’s Health Policy Program works to promote the needs, interests, and concerns of the Latino community and our constituency though state and federal legislation and policies. In addition to government-level advocacy, the Commission develops grassroots efforts with community level leaders and institutions, to better reach the underserved with expanded HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support services. The Commission takes the initiative to safeguard its communities from public defamation and advocates improving the cultural competency of other organizations working with the Latino community.
 
 
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