Mission: The north carolina aids action network improves the lives of people living with hiv/aids and affected communities through outreach and public education, policy advocacy and community-building to increase visibility and mutual support of people living with hiv/aids throughout our state.
Programs: Our programs build the capacity of the communities most affected by hiv to be effective and involved advocates for change. Through community education and outreach events targeting people living with hiv and those at disproportionate risk for hiv, we've built a statewide network with over 12,500 active action team members who have advocated for responsible hiv policies and educated the public over the last 8 years. All of our work prioritizes engagement with the communities most impacted by hiv, including gay & bi men, communities of color, especially young gay/bi/same gender loving black/african-american men, and the trans community. In response to ncaans advocacy, the nc aids drug assistance program eliminated its waiting list and restored the full formulary of covered medications. At the urging of ncaan, state leaders modified their existing program to create the insurance co-pay assistance program in 2015, which provides medication co-payment assistance to adap eligible north carolinians who purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace. In 2016, we led a successful legislative campaign to secure premium assistance for adap, which has expanded access to health insurance for hundreds of low-income hiv+ individuals in north carolina. In 2017, ncaan successfully led a legislative campaign to secure designated state funding for hepatitis testing and linkage to the cure and coalition effort to modernize north carolina's hiv criminal law. We have a number of programs designed to increase the capacity of those living with hiv and aids to advocate and educate state and community level leaders about hiv policy. The adap story project has gathered dozens of stories in the last five years from north carolinians who have been positively impacted by adap. Our speaking positively advocates and other members directly affected by hiv have shared their stories through blogs, letters to the editor, and e-blasts, and have spoken to reporters for news stories across the state. We regularly partner with other nonprofits working in racial and social justice to include the perspective of those living with hiv in their events and public policy campaigns. Within the last year:150 volunteers gave time and energy to reach out to new members at events across north carolina, educate the public, keep our database updated, and keep their fellow members engaged. 125 people from across the state gathered for a full day of workshops, action, and community-building at the building power across the spectrum, the 2017 hiv advocacy conference in charlotte. 22 people from across the state attended where do we go from here, a community conversation on hiv treatment and prevention for world aids day held at the lgbt center of raleigh. 75 people from across the state gathered for legislative meetings and advocacy at the north carolina general assembly at hiv speaks on jones street, the 2017 hiv advocacy day. Over 1,000 people signed on to the cover me petition and other campaigns, asking governor roy cooper and the nc general assembly to ensure that every north carolinian living with and at risk for hiv has access to comprehensive health care. Through partnership and coalitions, we educated policy makers and the general public about the need to close the medicaid coverage gap in north carolina, and the benefit it would have for hiv treatment and prevention efforts. Also in 2017, nc aids action network helped launch an executive director support group for executive directors of lgbtq, hiv, and social justice non-profits based in the research triangle region of north carolina. Nc aids action network served as one of the administrative leaders of the effort, and received a grant from the arcus foundation to support the first year of operation.