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Thrive Alabama Wins Elton John AIDS Foundation Grant

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February 02, 2018
Thrive Alabama Wins Elton John AIDS Foundation Grant

Thrive Alabama, a local nonprofit healthcare organization and longtime HIV/AIDS Service Organization, has won a grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) totaling $25,000 for the agency’s iAdvocate Project. This grant announcement is part of nearly $9.5 million in grants awarded in 2017 to organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in critical and innovative ways.
 
“The Elton John AIDS Foundation remains deeply committed to supporting organizations working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “At a time when HIV transmission rates remain high for vulnerable populations, and funding for programs that advance the health and human rights of people affected by HIV/AIDS is being dramatically reduced, now is as critical time as ever to continue providing resources that help meet the needs of people affected by the disease.”
 
“The grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation will assist us in continuing to increase HIV advocacy across North Alabama to combat alarming new HIV infection rates in the South,” said Thrive Alabama CEO, Mary Elizabeth Marr.

Timothy Jackson, iAdvocate Project Coordinator stated, “Receiving the grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund the iAdvocate Project allows people living with HIV in North Alabama to share their powerful stories with the community and put their advocacy of important HIV-related issues into action.”

iAdvocate Project
Thrive Alabama’s iAdvocate Project seeks to expand current advocacy efforts and increase access to quality prevention and care services in North Alabama by empowering a core group of people living with HIV/AIDS in North Alabama to pursue leadership roles within the community as advocates. Participants in the iAdvocate Project are trained and expected to advocate on behalf of HIV-related issues including PrEP, HIV criminalization, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The iAdvocate Project also focuses on two important policy changes in the state of Alabama: 
 
(1) Work to advance legislation in the Alabama Legislature to create syringe exchange programs. 
 
(2) Create a statewide plan to end AIDS called “ALL IN: Alabama’s Statewide Plan to End AIDS.
 
Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)
Elton John created the Foundation nearly 25 years ago, in the United States in 1992 and the United Kingdom in 1993, in response to the urgent need for philanthropic support to address the global AIDS crisis and provide assistance to people living with HIV or dying of AIDS. Through hard work and with the help of generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past 24 years.
 
Today, EJAF is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic by ensuring everyone has the information and means to prevent infection and all people living with HIV have access to high-quality medical care and treatment. They believe AIDS can be beaten, so they raise funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and speak out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives.
 
Thrive Alabama
Thrive Alabama is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with clinics in Huntsville, Florence, and Albertville. Thrive Alabama has provided healthcare and support services for decades to people living with HIV/AIDS in North Alabama. The agency currently serves more than 4,000 people with medical, HIV prevention, or support services. Services include sexually transmitted infection treatment, nutritional counseling, substance abuse treatment, support groups, housing assistance, Affordable Care Act insurance registration, transportation, and more. Many of these services are available to the general population, regardless of their HIV status. For more information about Thrive Alabama, visit www.thrivealabama.org.