Thursday, March 10, 2016

The 'Magic City' Embodies the Denver Principles

By: Brandon M. Macsata, CEO, ADAP Advocacy Association

Birmingham is largest metropolitan city in Alabama, and its deep rooted history earned it the nickname, "The Magic City." Once a bustling manufacturing hub in the South, it is now recognized nationally for some of its leading medical research. Unfortunately, Alabama -- like most states in the Deep South -- has been disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Yet, thanks to organizations such as AIDS Alabama, there is a vibrant grassroots advocacy community fighting to raise awareness, advance linkages to care, and promote the ideals embodied in the "Denver Principles."

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The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+®) is committed to keeping the patient perspective at the center of its advocacy and educational activities, especially at the local level. After all, all HIV/AIDS organizations -- whether it is a advocacy organization, think tank, or service provider -- exist to promote greater patient health and wellness. Isn't that what the Denver Principles were all about, even as a movement that is still evolving?

(Editor's Note: Please read Larry Bryant's 2013 blog, Will The Denver Principles Ever Be Relevant To Black People Living With HIV & AIDS?)

To that end, aaa+® again this year will host regional summits designed to gather community input on the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). Community input at the local level is essential to improving access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be implemented across the nation. With some of the ongoing challenges facing people living with HIV/AIDS under the ACA, it is important for the advocacy community to share their insight and perspective.

There will be a regional summit held in Birmingham, Alabama on April 15th. It is being held in collaboration with AIDS Alabama, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Community Access National Network (CANN). To learn more about the ADAP Regional Summit in Birmingham, or to register for this important community event, go to

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