Kansas City Infozine (03.04.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
Several Kansas metropolitan area organizations will host events in March to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in recognition of these upcoming observances: National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, March 3–9; National Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 10; and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 20.
For the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Calvary Community Outreach Network, partnering with multiple community providers, is coordinating an array of events during the week of March 3–9. Presentations include a TIPS (Taking It to the Pews) revival; special nights for HIV-positive men and women; a parade of healing, a health resource fair, youth games, and clergy basketball game; and a production of the play “The Lot” on March 5, featuring a guest appearance by “The Voice” finalist Jamar Rogers. For more information, visit www.ccon-kc.org. In Wichita, the Wichita HIV Faith Collaborative, comprised of local churches and organizations, is hosting events throughout the week of March 3–9, with specific nights focused on youth, senior citizens, men and women, and a gospel concert. For more information, contact the Wichita Faith Collaborative at (316) 304–2855 or (316) 681–3954.
In honor of Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the US Department of Health and Human Services, working with multiple community providers, is holding an awareness event in the Kansas City metropolitan area that will feature keynote speaker Jannis Evans from the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The event will take place at the Robert J. Mohart Community Center, 3200 Wayne Street, Kansas City, Missouri, on March 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community partners will provide free confidential HIV testing, health screenings, and health information during the event. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Angela Williams at (816) 426–3296 by March 1. In Topeka, Women Empowerment, Inc. is working with Positive Connections, the YWCA, Washburn’s To Write Love on Her Arms, the Washburn University Health Department, and the Shawnee County Health Agency to hold an event titled “Your Moment,” a women’s health fair, on March 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Washburn University Student Union. The partnering agencies will offer free confidential HIV testing, health information, and depression screenings. Community members and students are welcome and are encouraged to wear red shoes to raise awareness and visibility about HIV in women and girls. For more information, contact Women Empowerment at (785) 215–8202 or Positive Connections at (785) 232–3100.
The Topeka area will acknowledge Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day through a dinner program hosted by the Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center (KAETC), working with the University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita, the Douglas County AIDS Project, and Positive Connections. The dinner program will take place at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino and Resort Conference Center on March 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is open to all Tribal leaders and healthcare providers interested in how HIV impacts native communities. Continuing Education credit is available. For more information, contact KAETC at (316) 293–2682. For HIV testing any time, find the nearest HIV counseling and testing sites at http://www.hivtest.org.