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.
During Cielo 2017 we featured the amazing work of our OASIS: Latino LGBTS Wellness Center, where we work to build a community of support for all Latino LGBTS in New York City. OASIS provides HIV and Hepatitis C testing, linkage to medical care, health education and social support, all in a safe space for all members of the Latinx community and their allies.
In 2018 we were proud to feature the work of our Latinos in the Deep South program, which builds local leadership, develops coalitions, enhances knowledge and cultural competency, and spurs actions to advocate for emerging Latinx LGBTQ communities around immigrant rights, HIV prevention and policies that eliminate stigma in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
We have big plans for 2019. Stay tuned for our featured program to learn more about the work of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
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 establish the Deep 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 Latino gay men and Latinas 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