By: Brandon M. Macsata, CEO, ADAP Advocacy Association
This year, 2017, marked the ADAP Advocacy Association's 10th Anniversary, and it certainly wasn't without new accomplishments by our efforts, as well as plenty of political fireworks in Washington. It is clear that the uncertainty present at the start of the year remains as this year comes to a close. In fact, World AIDS Day — often viewed as an opportunity to reflect and grow — was widely tempered by the uncertainly being perpetuated by the man occupying the White House. Closing the book on 2017 is bitter sweet!
Our World AIDS Day Message to President Donald J. Trump sums up the "bitter" part of that statement. It really needs no further commentary, at this time.
But the year wasn't without the "sweet" moments, and that much should be celebrated! We were proud to partner with the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS to educate social workers and other key stakeholders about some key issues impacting our community. They included experts presenting on various issues, such as patient assistance programs, housing, transgender health, and substance abuse. The webinar archives are available online.
Our 10th Annual Conference lived up to its reputation as being the premier event for people living with HIV/AIDS concerned about the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. With one of our most diverse line-up of conference speakers, it certainly challenged conference attendees to think outside of the box in the Age of Trump! This year we had advocates from 23 states in attendance, while also funding 50 scholarships!
In 2017, improving access to care among transgender men & women living with HIV/AIDS under Ryan White/ADAPs was one of our focus areas. To that end, we made a available a series of important resources — including an infographic, policy white paper, and Twitter chat. We were proud to partner with RAD Remedy to accomplish these important tasks. We applauded RAD Remedy earlier this year when they issued their National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health.
Of course, there was plenty of other advocacy activities throughout the year. They can be viewed on our website at adapadvocacyassociation.org. The New Year will be upon us rather quickly, and we look forward to continuing our work with you.