AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory
|PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Project title||Global AIDS Week|
|Project type(s)||Fundraiser,Social Event,Speaker|
|Chapter||University of Vermont COM|
|Project Coordinator||Adetola Fadeyibi|
|Summary of project||Monday: Personal stories: people living with HIV/AIDS will come share their story. Also a case manager from VT Cares (a local AIDS Service Organization) will be in attendance.
Wednesday: AIDS and Diversity issues Panel. Representatives from the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care Clinic, IMANI Health Institute (IMANI is Community Based Organization that does some AIDS case management), and the Women of Color Alliance.
Thursday: So What Can You Do? Dr. Micheal Bosia is an assistant professor at St Michaels College. Dr. Bosia earned his doctorate in political science with a dissertation titled “Blood Ties: Identity, Citizenship and the Politics of AIDS.” He works on AIDS activism, primarily Act Up Paris and was a policy maker working on AIDS issues in California from 1983-95. 1st year student Ariel GallantBernstein will also talk about New seed International, a grassroots organization for HIV/AIDs in Ghana, West Africa (the organization to whom all funds raised throughout the week were donated)
Friday: Clinical Perspectives with a Question and Answer session. Christopher J Grace, MD, FACP, Chief of Infectious Diseases at FAHC. Dr. Grace started the first AIDS Comprehensive Care Clinics in Vermont, and would talk about HIV-AIDS from the standpoint of a front-line physician provider.
Friday Evening: International Potluck and viewing of "A Closer Walk."
|Number of participants||150|
|Participant hours involved||200 hour(s)|
|FUNDING & ADVERTISING|
|Total project cost||$250|
|Project funding||Other grant,Donation|
|Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:|
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
|Lessons/suggestions||We tried very hard to coordinate efforts with other groups- with undergrad students interested in global health issues, with the local Peace Corps recruiter, and with another local college. Unfortunately, the only time that worked for this program for medical students was while the undergraduate college was still on winter break. We were able to do a lot of collaboration with those groups early on in the planning process, and doing joint programming with them later on will be really great.
The community connections that were made at some of the lunchtime talks were really invaluable, and the opportunity to speak directly with people living with HIV was incredibly powerful.
|Comments||We were able to raise several hundred dollars in donations for New Seed International throughout the week.|