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Latinos in the Deep South
Latinos in the deep South logo Erik Valera
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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