After more than 35 years of facing HIV & AIDS, medical advances have succeeded greatly, yet much work remains to be done in underserved communities.
Cielo raises funds to the initiatives and operations of the Latino Commission on AIDS. Each year, the gala convenes members of the health, business, government, entertainment, and philanthropic sectors, including individuals donors who have the common interest of advancing the health of the Latino community.
Past Cielo Gala's have highlited the amazing work of various Latino Commission on AIDS programs, such as our OASIS: Latino LGBTS Wellness Center, where we work to build a community of support for all Latino LGBTS in NYC, and our Latinos in the South program, which builds local leadership, develops coalitions, enhances knowledge and cultural competency, and spurs actions to advocate for our communities in the southern US states.
2020 has been filled with many challenges, but through it all the Latino Commission on AIDS has worked tirelessly to raise our voices and continue to serve our communities. We are immensly grateful that despite these challenges we were able to bring Cielo to a virtual platform, giving a wider audience a small taste of the event's entertainment, fashion, honorees andmost importantly our message to design a world without AIDS.
Planning is underway for Cielo 2021, scheduled to take place Live on Friday, October 15th at Cipriani Wall Street, where we will continue our 30 year anniversary celebration. We hope you will join us!
In response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos, a coalition of Latino leaders founded the agency in 1990. The Commission is dedicated to resolving the HIV crisis in the Latino community, where social stigma, poverty, language barriers, immigration status fears, and access to care, deter testing and increase the infection rate and through its extensive network works to mobilize an effective Latino community response to the health crisis created by HIV & AIDS.
The Commission's public health model encompasses five core and complementary services, provided in English and Spanish by a culturally diverse bilingual staff of health, education and business professionals across more than 40 State and Puerto Rico.
Contributions have supported over a decade of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a social marketing campaign occurring annually on October 15th
Contributions helped to sustain the Latinos in the South Program which addresses the needs of emerging Latino populations in the U.S. southern states by developing leadership within the community
Contributions have sustained culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach programs to Latinx throughout New York, proving important prevention, support and testing services.
Contributions helped to launch and have sustained the first Spanish-language treatment education initiative offering health education and training in Spanish to HIV treatment professionals