Advocacy is an important component of ensuring that people living with HIV and those affected by HIV have a high quality of life. In Ohio, a leading advocacy group that works specifically with HIV/AIDS is the Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC).
OAC’s supporters are people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones, medical providers, local and state health department officials, social workers, mental health professionals, and other persons affected by the epidemic. This organization provides education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community. OAC is funded by grants, fundraising events, and private donations.
OAC specifically focuses on: community resources, legislation, education, advocacy, healthcare/insurance, policy, and support. OAC also refers people looking to be active within their communities to local groups such as HIV Regional Advisory Meetings.
For more information about how to be involved with HIV/AIDS advocacy, please visit http://ohioaidscoalition.org.