World AIDS Day 2019

Thank you for joining our nonprofit organization Temple Fit Health, Inc. and local community partners in recognition of World AIDS Day. Because of you, we were able to impact over 4,000 people in the greater Tallahassee, FL community.

According to www.worldaidsday.org, “World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.” Considering the high prevalence of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in North Florida, the headquarters of Temple Fit Health, Inc., it was imperative that we partner with community agencies to bring education and empowerment regarding HIV/AIDS to the local community. In case you missed anything, below is a recap of activities that were hosted from December 1st-3rd.

Sunday, December 1st: Hot Topics & Hot Chocolate

We kicked off on Sunday, December 1st, with hot chocolate and hot topics at New Mt. Zion AME Church. The hot chocolate bar was available after each of the three church services. 224 cups of hot chocolate were served, and each cup contained one “hot topic” to dispel a myth about HIV/AIDS. Informative literature and resource bags were provided to participants, along with whipped cream and smiles!

Monday, December 2nd: “What You Should Know about PEP & PrEP” on Heaven 98.3 FM

Day 2 was hosted on-air at Cumulus Broadcasting-Heaven 98.3 FM. Dr. Briana Journee (HIV Pharmacist) and Mr. Joseph Ward (HIV/AIDS Health Educator-Neighborhood Medical Clinic) conducted a 25-minute segment on PeP and PrEP during “The RUSH with Miss Monique” afternoon radio show. Approximately 3700 listeners (age 25+) tuned in. The broadcast was also captured to video and posted to the partner social media pages, so the correct information can be shared within the community.

Tuesday, December 3rd: 15th Annual Candlelight Vigil

On Day 3, the Tallahassee community gathered at the Eternal Flame on the campus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University for the 15th Annual Candlelight Vigil. The program included a community-wide call to prayer with singing, an inspirational address, a tribute to persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, and informative resources. Approximately 100 people attended. Check out more at this article from The FAMUAN.

Thank You to Our Program Partners & Sponsors:

Florida Department of Health

MAACA-The Minority Alliance for Advocating Community Awareness

Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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