Omaha, NE. –– On March 18th the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition will host a public event to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Native American and minority populations in Omaha. People of all nationalities and citizenships are invited to attend, receive a test, and/or participate in the activities.
The purpose of this event is to encourage people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and its impact in our community, work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in the Omaha metro; and help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
This will be NUIHC’s 7th year providing free HIV and hepatitis C tests, free condoms, HIV/AIDS counseling, and education to increase awareness of safer sex practices. The North Omaha Area Health Clinic will be on site to provide free STD testing. Charles Drew Health Center, Planned Parenthood, Nebraska Medicine, Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, and NUIHC’s Soaring Over Meth & Suicide program will be available to discuss their services.
People who receive a test will be eligible to participate in our mini basketball tournament and entered to win one of 2 flat screen TVs (32”) or a $50 Visa gift card. We will also be raffling off $200.00 worth of various gift cards and giving away free tee-shirts. Hot Boy from Power 106.9 will be airing live, and lunch will be provided.
“We need our community to get tested for HIV but the work can’t stop there,” said NUIHC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Donna Polk. “We also need to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served.”
While HIV transmission rates have been reduced substantially over time and people with HIV are living longer and more productive lives, approximately 56,000 people become infected each year and more Americans are living with HIV than ever before. Almost half of all Americans know someone living with HIV (43 percent in 2009). While anyone can become infected with HIV, some people are at greater risk than others. This includes gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities, Black men and women, Latinos and Latinas, and people struggling with addiction, including injection drug users.
The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition has a legacy of providing culturally-appropriate, women- and family-centered, trauma-informed substance use disorder/co-occurring substance use and mental disorder treatment and HIV/viral hepatitis services, including HIV and hepatitis C testing.
- What: HIV Testing Event
- When: March 18, 2016; 12:00pm – 3:00pm
- Where: NUIHC – 2240 Landon Court, Omaha, NE 68102
- Cost: FREE
NUIHC is a nonprofit organization headquartered at 2240 Landon Court, Omaha, NE. It has been providing healthcare in the Omaha and Lincoln area since 1986. Services include inpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient substance abuse & mental health treatment, primary medical care, health education, youth substance abuse and suicide prevention programs, youth sex education program, transportation for medical appointments, and a Native Elders program. Native Americans living in the Great Plains Area are given priority for certain services, but other services are open to people of all citizenship, race and ethnicity. For more information about NUIHC, please visit www.nuihc.com.
About National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), observed annually on the spring equinox, is a national community mobilization effort designed to encourage American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, and get involved in HIV prevention and treatment. This federally recognized awareness day was founded in 2007 and is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, visit www.nnhaad.org.