Victor P. McKamie, Sr., Master of Public Administration/Business Administration
From the Office of the Executive Director
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff, and Clients, welcome to our redesigned web page.”
Two thousand ten (2010) marked more than 25 years of Minority AIDS Project (MAP) service to our community. Over these two decades, the face of AIDS has changed dramatically. Today, black and Latino women as well as youth are the fastest growing HIV populations; making our commitment to serve the needs of those affected by the disease an even greater challenge. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast and dedicated in our mission and commitment “to reduce suffering and deaths due to HIV infection and AIDS disease in African American and Latino communities”.
To date we have served over 250,000 people who oftentimes have been left out of mainstream health and social services. We pledge to continue to work towards removing the psychosocial barriers for people of color when seeking HIV education and treatment services; to tackle the self-esteem challenges of our youth that keep them at risk for HIV; to develop innovative programs that are designed to reach hard-to-reach populations; to embrace our HIV positive brothers and sisters and to let them know that we still care and will remain in the fight to ensure that they have access to a comprehensive continuum of care.
MAP will continue to work hard to coordinate resources to meet the needs of those disenfranchised HIV infected individuals. We believe that MAP must continue to be a champion in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in providing services to those most in need by collaborating with health, mental health and social service organizations to provide a more comprehensive system of services.
Our experienced and talented staff, who goes beyond their job description to ensure the well-being of their community, will continue to deliver the most innovative and culturally sensitive programs and workshops in the HIV arena. They will continue our mission, with non-judgmental discussions about “real life” situations, examined, and described from those living with HIV/AIDS. Our dynamic service providers are “gate-keepers” in the community and have made a conscience decision to give both love and respect back to the neighborhoods from which they emerged. They provide HIV awareness to communities otherwise overlooked by others, and are committed to complete the work, as they deliver the message that MAP cares about everyone.
In recent years, MAP has undergone complete reorganization of programs, administration and financial systems to adapt to changes in the arena of HIV care, treatment and prevention. However, we cannot do this important work alone. We need your help to continue to challenge those in power to care about the faces of AIDS. We welcome your assistance to keep others informed of the dedicated work at MAP, and we encourage everyone to donate, to adopt one our agency program or service, and most importantly to get involved with MAP. We can defeat this disease and we can learn to care about our fellow human beings.
Join with us in our march to change the character and approach to serving those who need help the most. We will all benefit by understanding the motto MAP lives by every day; MAP serves our community “Because We Care”.