July/Aug 2017



Award Winning Leaders at ARCW

The continued success of ARCW in providing high quality, patient-centered care to our patients and clients is the result of great professionals who are dedicating their careers to our mission. Everyone at ARCW works together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the patients and clients that we serve.

Recently, two executive leaders at ARCW were recognized for their roles serving our community.

Deb Endean, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, was selected as one of the 2017 Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal. This annual recognition is the premier acknowledgement of the vital role women have in leading businesses and civic efforts in our community.

Deb’s selection was due to her strong leadership and steadfast commitment to the highest quality in all that she does which are the leading attributes of her remarkable career. Deb received her award at a luncheon hosted by the Business Journal in June.

The Scott M. Cutlip Award is the highest honor available to fundraising professionals in Southeast Wisconsin. It is my pleasure to announce that Dan Mueller, Vice President and Chief Development Officer at ARCW is the 2017, Scott M. Cutlip Award winner.

Dan's fundraising career at ARCW has led to more than $30 million being raised for the fight against AIDS. The resources he’s raised have helped ensure that the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are consistently met, and countless lives are saved through prevention services. Dan will receive his award in November.

These awards demonstrate the outstanding leadership of ARCW staff who are committed to serving our patients, clients, donors, volunteers and stakeholders. Every day we strive to provide the best quality of care possible, and return on investment for our donors. I thank Deb and Dan for their ongoing commitment to the fight against AIDS. Their leadership and dedication is demonstrated by their ongoing success at ARCW.


Technology, Silverstein Challenge Helps ARCW Reach Patients In Need



Half of all patients with HIV will experience a mental health concern at some point in their lives. Depression, anxiety, stress and addiction are just some of the conditions that are common among people living with HIV who turn to ARCW for care. Additionally, many of our patients face barriers to care, such as a lack of transportation or not living near behavioral health care providers who can address their needs.

At ARCW, quality mental health services go hand in hand with quality medical care and together they provide the best opportunity for HIV treatment success. That’s why we are implementing a new technology designed to overcome barriers to accessing mental health care.  Telehealth employs the use of telecommunication technology to support and promote long-distance mental health care through the use of video conferencing, the internet, streaming media and wireless communication. Implementing telehealth will eliminate the need for a patient to travel long distances to access mental health care.

ARCW must raise $100,000 to complete the $1 million of funding needed to implement this project. Just this month, ARCW donors Susie and Cary Silverstein, longtime funders of innovative projects at ARCW, announced that they will personally commit $50,000 to match every donation up to that total.

The Silversteins began their support of ARCW 23 years ago with a $200 gift for the ARCW Giving For Life Annual Fund. Since that first donation, Cary has served in various volunteer leadership roles at ARCW over the years and in 2014 they were honored with the ARCW Philanthropy Award.  Their previous investments in ARCW have included funding the ARCW medication assistance program and funding the linking of the ARCW dental and medical health records.

The ARCW fiscal year concludes August 31. To see your gift matched by the Silverstein Challenge and to view the compelling videos about telehealth and this challenge, click here.


AIDS Ride Brings Communities Together

The theme of the fifteenth annual AIDS Ride Wisconsin was “Bringing Communities Together,” and for the first time ever the Ride bridged the two largest communities in Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee and offered various route lengths to cater to invite more riders to participate. Participation was up 24 percent over last year’s AIDS Ride.

On Friday, July 28 the ride kicked off in Madison, after which riders and crew made their way to Carroll University in Waukesha, where they set their camp for the remainder of the weekend.

Saturday’s Century Day took place exclusively in the Milwaukee-area. Riders took-off from Carroll University and then made their way to Greenfield, the East Side, and Lanon before heading back to camp.

On Sunday, July 30 the riders departed Carroll University for the final time, returning to Madison. The closing ceremonies took place at the beautiful Lake Kegonsa State Park, and were emceed by NBC 15’s Leigh Mills.

130 participants raised $102,825 for the fight against AIDS in Wisconsin. Riders came from all over the state and from Minnesota and South Carolina. If you were unable to ride, but would like to contribute please visit aidsridewis.org to donate.



National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day was observed on Tuesday, June 27. ARCW and Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) offered free rapid HIV testing to individuals interested getting tested throughout the day.

For people who may be at risk for contracting HIV, the most important action they can take to protect their health is to get an HIV test. Knowing one’s HIV status – whether they are, or are not infected with HIV – empowers that person to make decisions to support keeping or regaining their health. ARCW provides free HIV testing at many convenient locations throughout Wisconsin, and RMC offers testing in Denver.

On National Testing Day community members were highly encouraged to get tested, through outreach efforts, community-based testing events as well as through social media.

Several community-based testing events highlighted National Testing Day throughout ARCW and RMC offices. Of note, in Eau Claire, ARCW staff hosted a testing event at Scooter's Bar from 8:30 to 11:00 PM.   

Additionally, in Madison, staff offered testing at FIVE Nightclub from 5 to 10 PM and prevention staff in Milwaukee offered additional remote testing via the needle exchange vans. In Wausau, community members were encouraged to stop in the office for testing with free refreshments and a small gift to everyone that got tested.

If you would like more information on HIV testing and prevention services please visit our website.


2016 Wisconsin DHS HIV/AIDS Data Released

Each year the Wisconsin Department of Health Services releases data on the status of the HIV epidemic in the state. The report, entitled the Summary of the Wisconsin HIV Surveillance Annual Review: New Diagnoses, Prevalent Cases, and Deaths Reported was released earlier this summer and is an important tool for ARCW to use in developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of people living with and at-risk for HIV.

The 2016 summary details data on people newly diagnosed with HIV, people living with HIV in Wisconsin, and deaths of people living with HIV in Wisconsin. In 2016, 221 people were diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin, this is a decrease from a high of 283 (in 2009) and lower than the average number of new diagnoses (244 per year over the past five years).

While a reduction in the numbers of new HIV infections is promising, it is important to look deeper into the statistics as well. Of the newly diagnosed cases of HIV, the majority were among gay men, with HIV disproportionately impacting young gay men of color. While the number of infections is declining overall, it is actually increasing for young men.

The report also provides evidence that a joint initiative between ARCW and DHS is working at linking newly diagnosed people to care. In fact, the report shows that 88% of newly diagnosed individuals were linked to care within three months of their diagnosis, in part due to the Linkage to Care program at ARCW. The purpose of Linkage to Care is to help people get and stay in medical care for their HIV and to reach a viral suppression, the healthiest a person can be with HIV.

Click here to read the full HIV surveillance summary.


Support A Child in Need This School Year

Each fall ARCW collects much-needed school supplies for the children of our patients and clients. For HIV positive parents, the costs of their medical expenses can get in the way of affording school supplies for their kids.

This year’s most needed items include:

  • Backpacks (children to teens)
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Cases (especially for older children/teens)

Please email communciations@arcw.org if you would like to donate to our School Supply Drive.



Fast Forward to Fall

ARCW recently celebrated a successful AIDS Ride Wisconsin, with 130 participants raising $102,825.

On August 20 the Wherehouse hosted the second annual Red Dress Event. The event featured a silent auction, raffle, food and performances by local entertainment.

On September 20, Club Icon will host their annual Turnabout event to raise funds for their AIDS Walk Wisconsin Team.

The much- loved ARTPOP! Annual art auction return’s to Taylor’s Milwaukee on Sunday, October 1. Raising funds for the Strongest Link II team for AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

On Saturday, October 7 join Honorary Chair Jane Lynch at the Summerfest Grounds for AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run! Click here to see the full list of fundraising incentives, including how you can get your photo taken with Jane Lynch.

Save the date! The 2018 date for The Remedy Event has been set, February 28. Stay tuned for more details!


Beauty School Raises Funds for ARCW at PrideFest

Whenever the Paul Mitchell School of Milwaukee does a promotional event, it chooses a nonprofit to support, as part of their culture of giving back.

During the weekend of PrideFest, the beauty school offered colored hair extensions and braids for $5 donations. Cory Brunner, Education Leader with the Paul Mitchell School in Milwaukee suggested the proceeds be donated to ARCW.

ARCW appreciates the thoughtfulness of the school’s generosity.

If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser to benefit ARCW please contact Nick Giebel.


Telehealth Challenge Grant

 

 

 
 

Award Winning Leaders at ARCW

 

 

 
  • September 30 - Club Icon, Kenosha - Turnabout
  • October 1 - Taylor's Milwaukee - ARTPOP!
  • October 7 - AIDS Walk Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Feb. 28, 2018 - The Remedy Event - La Crosse