Once an unmentionable disease, HIV/AIDS prevention has become a global cause.
Since 1990, $3.7 million dollars has been awarded to HIV/AIDS related causes by the Community Foundation Broward. Early Foundation efforts included the launch of Broward’s first AIDS Walk, acquisition of financial support from local agencies and individuals, and the initiation of a community partnership with AIDS United (formerly National AIDS Fund) to create a local force that was able to address the emerging health challenges.
Thousands of Broward lives have been touched. Until there is a cure, HIV/AIDS will be a cause that matters.
This year's World Aids Day (December 1, 2011), the Community Foundation of Broward announced a $300,000 grant to the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) to elevate HIV /AIDS prevention into a broader public health approach.
Selected for its ability to address an increasingly complex health issue requiring highly specialized skills and a singular focus on community health, BRHPC has been delivering health and human service innovations for more than 30 years through planning, direct services, evaluation and organizational capacity building.
“HIV prevention must be incorporated into the public health agenda of Broward. The partnership with Broward Regional Health Planning Council will develop a comprehensive approach linking many individuals and agencies together to address HIV,” said Linda Carter, president and CEO of the Foundation. “This disease, like all difficult community challenges requires many different players to come together as one. We’re confident that BRHPC can help Broward do just that,” added Carter.
Broward County is still number one in the nation for HIV cases per capita, yet HIV has largely slipped from the public’s view. In 1995, 44% of the public named HIV/AIDS as the most urgent health problem facing the nation — that figure is now just 6%.
“It’s time we again focus Broward’s attention on one of its most serious health threats – HIV. Just as the disease has changed, so must our efforts to stem it,” said Carter. “We are thankful to our donors who have been committed to the cause through their philanthropy, as well as the National AIDS Fund and Elton John Foundation which provide matching dollars to support HIV prevention in Broward. “