A report in Milwaukee media related to alarming syphilis, HIV and other STI rates, primarily among young people, is raising considerable attention to the issue of sexual health among young people in Milwaukee. ARCW has been at the forefront of the community’s response, immediately initiating and expanding programs and services to help individuals impacted while also collaborating with city leaders and community-based organizations to address the news.
Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) has added a new insurance coordinator position to assist patients with navigating complex, and often times confusing, health insurance and copayment assistance.
• Guiding patients and clients through purchasing plans on the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace or in applying for Colorado Medicaid
• Enrolling patients and clients in the Health Insurance Assistance Program of the Colorado AIDS Drug Assistance Program (CO ADAP). Co ADAP is a government program that provides access to medications and/or assistance to eligible Colorado residents living with HIV in securing and keeping health insurance on the public and private markets. Depending on the insurance coverage of the client, financial assistance can include pharmaceutical copays, medical copays and coinsurance, and medical insurance premiums.
• Working with RMC case management, clinic, and pharmacy staff in resolving insurance issues for patients, and also providing training to staff.
Ashley has been passionate about HIV/AIDS advocacy throughout her career. Over the past 13 years, she has been involved in both professional and volunteer work in the field, including prevention, development, event coordination, and client services. When the Affordable Care Act was implemented, she worked as an insurance subsidy program coordinator. Ashley has aspired to work for Rocky Mountain CARES over the years and is uniquely qualified to streamline and improve the RMC patient connection to health insurance, another value added by the team at Rocky Mountain CARES.
ARCW is expanding its social network testing strategy to better reach African American men who have sex with men (MSM), a group that is disproportionately impacted by HIV.
Meet ARCW on Broadway for our 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala & Auction Saturday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. This year’s theme builds off Broadway’s long reputation as a leader in the fight against AIDS.
For one night only, ARCW brings together the world of theatre along with a world-class auction, fine dining and lively performances.
ARCW is pleased to announce the award recipients for the 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala. Taking center stage in the fight against AIDS are leaders who are directing change and we honor their efforts.
Philanthropy Award – Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS, Tom Viola, Executive Director, New York, NY
Courage Award – Terry Shelton, Milwaukee, WI
Vision Award – William F. Reinicker, Madison, WI
The website is now live! Reserve your tickets and table today. All the world’s a stage, some of us just have better seats! Don’t miss out on yours! Stay tuned for information, including updates on the fantastic silent & live auction items.
The La Crosse Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to ARCW to help offset costs associated with the renovation of the new ARCW office in downtown La Crosse.
Specifically, grant dollars will be allocated toward the buildout of a room to host ARCW telepsychiatry services. Telepsychiatry allows an ARCW behavioral health provider to interface with an ARCW patient regardless of the patient or provider’s location.
Today, more than half of all our patients are confronting mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress and addiction. Additionally, many people living with HIV are facing early onset of neurological conditions that are normally seen in much older people. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health issues are the leading barriers to successful care and reaching an undetectable viral load for patients. When patients who are facing these challenges are also confronting isolation from living in less-populated areas, or do not have the financial means to travel long distances for their care, telehealth will be able to bring care to them.
Telepsychiatry addresses the challenge of limited provider availability and a geographically dispersed patient population in an innovative, cost-effective, and time efficient manner. Quality mental health services go hand in hand with quality medical care. Together they provide the patients we serve the best opportunity for HIV treatment success.
Click here if you would like to support ARCW efforts like telehealth to meet patient needs and overcome barriers to care.
On February 28 in La Crosse, community members, volunteers and businesses came together for the annual Remedy Event hosted by The Gatherings. The event raised $12,967 for ARCW. Mark your calendars for the 2019 event on February 27!
Camp Bingo closed out another successful year on Sunday, March 25. In total 1432 people attended all three events and raised $61,6220 for the fight against AIDS. Highlights included the return of Sigfried and Roy, the Comic Camp Justice League and Ahsoka Tano. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s events, and stay tuned for information on future events.
On Saturday, April 28 nearly 1,000 individuals, donors, business leaders and community members will come together for Make A Promise. This year the event heads to Broadway. Visit our website to purchase tickets and learn more today.
Kick-off Pride weekend in Milwaukee with the year’s most colorful run, the Big Gay 5K. Milwaukee Gay Sports Network is excited to host the 7th annual Big Gay 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held on June 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Veterans Park as a special kick-off event for Pridefest Milwaukee. A portion of proceeds benefit ARCW & AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Click here to register and learn more.
Pump air in your tires, grease your chains and get ready for the 2018 AIDS Ride Wisconsin. The ride will depart from Madison on Friday, July 27 and head toward camp at Carroll University in Waukesha, returning Sunday, July 29 to Madison for the closing ceremonies. Save the dates and make a New Year Resolution to do the AIDS Ride in 2018. There is a route for every level of cycling enthusiast.
Visit arcw.org to learn more about upcoming events.
Popsicle Hill: AIDS Ride Wisconsin