AIDS Care: A Call to Women of Color Social Gathering

NNEDLearn 2013 Participant: AIDS Care

Description: A Call to Women of Color Social Gathering is a HIV/STD group level prevention intervention targeting women of color primarily African American and Latino women. The intervention curricula focuses on skill building related to sexual behavior, substance use, and health care seeking behaviors. The program addresses the unique influencing factors of women of color, including poverty and lack of access to healthcare.

The first event was held in 2006, 100 women were invited and 86 attended the event. The third annual event was held in August 2009, 394 women ages 13-65 from Seattle, Washington, Albany, New York, Buffalo and Rochester attended.

The program provides free HIV testing, STD and HBP Screenings. Women speak on various health issues such as domestic violence, diabetes, mental health/ self esteem, women who are HIV+ tell their stories. The intent of the event is to create a “safe space” for women and girls to come together to be educated, pampered and socialize. The event also provides free massages and manicures as incentives.

Population of focus: African American and Latino girls and women

Setting: Community center, park

Level of focus: Individual, Community

Background: AIDS Care was formed in 2010 by the merger of AIDS Community Health Center and AIDS Rochester. It is the only organization in the Finger Lakes region with HIV/AIDS care and support services as their sole focus. Clients receive comprehensive medical and support services including medical, prevention, and social services.


Jackie Dozier
Minority Health Initiatives Program Coordinator
259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607