September 2017


AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run



The 28th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run is just around the corner – join 2017 Honorary Chair Jane Lynch on Saturday, October 7.
The fun will being at 9:30 when the gates of the Summerfest Grounds open to the public. There will be continental breakfast for all participants and Presenting Sponsor MillerCoors will be on-hand offering free samples of their wonderful products.

The timed 5K run will begin promptly at 10:30 – don’t miss out on early bird pricing! Register by Friday, October 6 at 5:00 PM to receive the early registration discount of $5 (day-of run registration is $35). Registration for the walk is free.

After the run, the opening ceremonies will commence, bringing together community leaders, recognizing top teams and fundraisers for all of their amazing work, and of course we’ll be joined by Jane Lynch!

Teams from the Raising The Bar Employee Resource Group (ERG) Challenge will be recognized from the stage, as well as the over-all top fundraising team and individual. Contact Nick Giebel learn more about participating in these challenges.

Not only that, but you can could win fabulous fundraising incentives for your participation – including your chance to meet Jane Lynch! Grand Walkers - participants who raise $1,000 or more -  will have their photo taken with Jane at the walk.

Don't forget to help raise an additional $25,000 - every dollar raised online between noon Friday, September 29, and noon Friday, October 6, Ryan and the Brewers Community Foundation will donate $1 to AIDS Walk Wisconsin, up to $25,000.

Visit aidswalkwis.org to register, fundraise, donate and fight AIDS.



Rocky Mountain Cares Moves Forward

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) and Denver Infectious Disease Consultants (DIDC) officially merged on February 1, 2017.

In an effort to better serve patients and clients and expand services the RMC office underwent extensive renovations. These renovations will allow RMC to accommodate a 40% increase in case management staff, new medical exam rooms, and future service expansions.

For our patients and clients in the Denver area, RMC received grant funding to support increased PrEP and prevention services, and staff have been increasing their outreach efforts. This includes expanding HIV testing, and attending local resource and affinity events. RMC staff attended Project Homeless Connect 2017 in the Denver area to raise awareness about expanded services, especially PrEP.

Keep an eye out in the future for more updates on expanded services and staffing at Rocky Mountain CARES. 


International Overdose Awareness Day Observed

International Overdose Awareness Day was observed across the world on Thursday August 31. Locally and across the globe, organizations worked together to raise awareness of the growing tragedy surrounding overdose deaths, and ways to prevent them.

ARCW participated and hosted events across the state of Wisconsin raising awareness, hosting naloxone trainings, and promoting the day online.

The La Crosse office partnered with the La Crosse County Health Department to teach citizens how to recognize the signs of overdose, prevent and treat overdose while in progress (administering Naloxone and calling (911). They also participated in another event hosted by local police, in conjunction with the Council on Addictions and the Health Department.

The Milwaukee ARCW prevention team partnered with the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition for an event featuring speakers, personal story sharing, memorial activities, resources and a celebration of lives saved.

There were other events across the state recognizing this important day.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opiates please contact ARCW today to learn more, call 800.539.9272 ext. 4007 for harm reduction services and information near you.


ARCW Staff Member Featured as Professional of Influence

ARCW Prevention Specialist Monty Scott, was featured as one of Madison’s leaders in a recent LGBTQ+ People of Color story in Our Lives.

The article featured LGBTQ+ people of color making in impact on the community in Madison and across Wisconsin. Monty discussed his passion for his work, and the importance of openly discussing sexual health.

“HIV and AIDS is still an issue around the world. With it affecting mostly gay and bisexual men, I feel in my heart that I need to provide this service,” Monty said. “A lot of people don’t talk about sex or the benefits and consequences that come with it. If I provide education on high-risk behavior, my community will take proper steps to protect themselves and enjoy sex.”

Click here to read the full article.


ARCW Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Presents at Diversity & Inclusion Conference

ARCW Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Debra Endean presented at the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Fall Conference on Sept. 21 in Lake Geneva. The conference focused on diversity and inclusivity in healthcare.

The objective of the conference was to, “create awareness of advocacy and public agencies supporting underserved members of our community,” according to event organizers.

Deb’s presentation highlighted the importance of inclusion and the health of the community. She expounded on the impact of stigma on health, as related to HIV infection as well as race, gender, sexual identity and poverty.

She finished her presentation by providing resources on continuing education through the Human Rights Campaign available, and answering many questions by the crowd.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about WSHRM.


Fall In Full Swing

The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter – there is no denying, that fall is in full swing. With that comes some of our most-loved events.

On September 20, Club Icon in Kenosha hosted their annual Turnabout event to raise funds for their AIDS Walk Wisconsin team.

One of AIDS Walk’s most-popular fundraisers ARTPOP! returns on Sunday, October 1. Local artists will create hundreds of pieces of original art on blocks of wood to raise funds for the Strongest Link II team for AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

Saturday, October 7 is the day – AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run 2017. Join Honorary Chair Jane Lynch at the Summerfest grounds. Visit aidswalkwis.org to register or for more information.

SAVE THE DATE! Jolly Holly Folly will return on Sunday, January 7. More details will be arriving in your inbox soon.

Summer may be over, but there’s no reason not to look forward to spring – and a new season of Camp Bingo! All three dates will be at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

  • Sunday, January 28
  • Sunday, February 25
  • Sunday, March 25

More details and ticket information will be coming soon.
Visit ARCW.org to learn more about upcoming events.


International Overdose Awareness Day

 

AIDS Walk Wisconsin 30 Second TV Spot

 

PrEP Denver Video

 
  • September 30 - The Roundabout, Green Bay - AIDS Walk Bingo
  • September 30 - Club Icon, Kenosha - Turnabout
  • October 1 - Magellans on Main, Waukesha - AIDS Walk Wisconsin Silent Auction
  • October 1 - Taylor's Milwaukee - ARTPOP!
  • October 1 - The Saloon on Calhoun, Brookfield - AIDS Walk Fundraiser
  • October 7 - AIDS Walk Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • January 7 - Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - Jolly Holly Folly
  • January 28 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo
  • February 25 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo
  • February 28 - The Remedy Event - La Crosse
  • March 25 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo