Sunday, November 23, 2014

World AIDS Day 2014 Events in Rhode Island

Join the RI HIV Prevention Coalition at noon, Monday, December 1, 2014 in the State Room at the Rhode Island State House for a World AIDS Day ceremony.  Speakers include Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rep. Christopher Blazejewski and:

Dr. Amy Nun--an Assistant Professor of  Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI), which is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Rhode Island and beyond. Dr. Nunn is best known for her innovative community partnerships to address  health disparities, including engaging African American clergy and community leaders in HIV and HCV testing, treatment and social marketing campaigns. Dr. Nunn received the "Outstanding New Researcher Award" at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Her community-based research and public health programs have been profiled by CNN, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, public radio, and other prominent media outlets. She is a native Arkansan, holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and is former Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Nunn speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has also lived and worked extensively in Latin America. She is the proud mother of two children, Agustin and Valentina. 

Josh Kilby--a healthcare worker and Queer activist living (and organizing) in Providence. He has recently gone on PrEP (pre exposure prophylaxis).

Brandon Fernandes—an advocate for the LGBT community for more than five years. He has worked for various nonprofit organizations teaching safer sex and HIV prevention to youth and adults in the LGBT community as well as at the local youth centers.  Brandon shares his positive attitude throughout his work. He is passionate about the importance of safer-sex education for youth and relaying messages in an engaging, genuine way.  

As of 2012, we have lost over 1,591 Rhode Islanders to this epidemic. Although, our rates of infection have decreased over the last 30 years, there were still 74 new cases of HIV in 2013- 74 cases too many. With the RI Department of Health’s tremendous efforts for increased testing, this number has surely increased for 2014. Unfortunately, primary prevention is still largely underfunded and should be considered a valuable piece to prevention if we are to truly get to zero.

HIV/AIDS is still a serious disease. We have made tremendous strides in treatment but we have yet to find a cure. Help us- Join the fight!

The following events are free and open to the public:

RISD Recognizes World AIDS Day 2014
November 17, 2014 through December 5, 2014
Fleet Library, Mandle Building, 15 Westminster St., Providence
4 panels from the National AIDS Quilts
For more information: Visit: or contact: Intercultural Student Engagement ( or 401.277.4957)

Rhode Island World AIDS Day Statehouse Event
Monday, December 1, 2013, 12:00 noon
Rhode Island Statehouse
Featured Speakers: Governor Lincoln Chafee, Representative Christopher Blazejewski, Dr. Amy Nunn, Josh Kilby, Brandon Fernandes
Sponsored by Rhode Island Coalition for HIV Prevention
Contact Person: Kristen Pfeiffer, MSW;

A Night of Sonnet and Song
Monday, December 1, 2014, Doors open at 5:30pm
St. Anne’s Art and Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Sponsored by The Agape Center of Community Care Alliance and Thundermist Health Center, Contact:

Alternate Endings: The Ongoing HIV/AIDS Epidemic 
Featuring videos by 7 artists/collaborates
Monday, December 1, 2014, 8pm
Free (suggested $5 donation)
AS220 Black Box Theatre
95 Empire Street, Providence
Sponsored by: Visual AIDS and Headmaster Magazine

Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7-8:30pm
URI Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
Parking off Fortin Road at rear of center
Sponsored by: AIDS Quilt RI, Anna’s Workshop, URI Public Relations Strategies Class

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Adopt-a-Family! Help Make It a Brighter Holiday Season for Rhode Island Families in Need!

Family Service of Rhode Island has kicked off its adopt-a-family program for the holidays!

We are trying to get 150  Rhode Island families whom we serve “adopted” and are asking individuals, families and organizations to help us make this program successful!  

Anyone interested in adopting a family should call (401) 331-1350 ext. 3443 or email from now until about December 10.

Get in the Spirit of the Season! Get Your Wreath & Support Homeless Women & Children in Newport County!

It's that time of year!  Help Lucy's Hearth, Newport County's Shelter for Homeless Women & Children