In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the annual Hats Off to Women event is open to the general public, specifically women and girls in the Atlanta community with the objective of increasing awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on women’s health. Each year, the symposium features presentations and panel discussions on HIV science, lived experiences with HIV, and transmission prevention to increase community health literacy, led by fearless and positive women living with HIV and advocates. Thought leaders share their individual processes of identifying and reinforcing personal strengths, which enabled them to appreciate their own self-efficacy and manage and maintain long-term medical treatment goals, in spite of overwhelming stigma and denigration.
We host a number of signature events for our community to help reduce stigma, promote wellness, provide health education and safer sex techniques, and create access to health-related services and programs.
In observance of National HIV Testing Day, Take Charge. Get Tested.™ is designed to encourage citizens to receive voluntary HIV testing and learn their HIV status. This open fair and festival will be held in downtown Atlanta. The event will offer free food, DJ, raffle prizes, live broadcast, celebrity appearances, and free rapid HIV testing. On average, participants will receive test results in 20 minutes.
“Early diagnosis continues to be paramount in better health outcomes,” said Jacqueline Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Resource Center. “We are encouraging all Atlantans to get tested during National HIV Testing Day. It is our goal to increase public knowledge about the epidemic, make HIV testing routine, and promote an open dialogue about HIV in our communities.”
In 2018, ERC set out to amplify our message and reach out to more people in our community. In order to do this, we began hosting our Community Access Tours, once a month. This is essentially a one-hour tour of the ERC office and mission. It is an opportunity for us to introduce others to our work and visit. At this tour, you will see our work firsthand, learn more about our program, meet our staff, and tour our office space.
At ERC, we see firsthand that many marginalized individuals do not have access to quality resources and care. Because we know the effects that not having these essentials can have on a person’s life, we choose to provide the best care to everyone we serve regardless of their ability to pay and insurance status. We strive to treat each or our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve no matter what their life situation may be. With your help, we at ERC can bridge this divide.