Advocacy

As health advocates, the Reginald and Dionne Smith Foundation, Inc. (RDSF) team provides direct service to men and women living with HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis, their partners, family members, and advocates. We also provide information and tools for self-empowerment in patients’ health and social care while working both alone and with others to ensure that the needs of those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis are recognized, heard, and acted upon.

Advocacy in HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis takes many forms. Some organizations provide advocacy at the local level, aiming to improve treatment and support programs for persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis in their community. Other organizations work nationally to increase funding for treatment, research, or prevention of those diseases. Others advocate for services for specific groups such as men who have sex with men, women, children or minorities.

HIV

Advocates for Youth http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/hiv-home

Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.

Black AIDS Institute http://www.blackaids.org

The Black AIDS Institute is the first Black HIV/AIDS policy center dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their communities.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation http://www.pedaids.org

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research,
advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis http://www.gmhc.org

The mission of Gay Men’s Health Crisis is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority.

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project http://natap.org

The mission of the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project is to educate individuals about HIV and Hepatitis treatments and to advocate on the behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS and HCV. Their efforts in these areas are conducted on local, national, and international levels.

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. http://www.nblca.org

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities.

NMAC http://www.nmac.org

NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in
America.

The Well Project http://www.thewellproject.org

The Well Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls. The Well Project advocates that every woman and girl should have access to quality, up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS.

Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease http://www.womenhiv.org

WORLD improves the lives and health of women, girls, families and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education, wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development.

Hepatitis

American Liver Foundation http://www.liverfoundation.org

National nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of hepatitis and other liver diseases through research, education, and advocacy.

HCV Advocate http://hcvadvocate.org

Nonprofit, community-based organization that focuses on education, advocacy, and support for the hepatitis C community. Publishes the HCV Advocate newsletter.

HEP http://www.hepmag.com/index.shtml

Hep is an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by viral hepatitis. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 2010, Hep and HepMag.com are the go-to source for educational and social support for people living with hepatitis.

Hepatitis B Foundation http://www.hepb.org/index.html

Nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those affected by hepatitis B worldwide through research, education, and patient advocacy.

Hepatitis Foundation International http://www.hepfi.org/index.html

Work includes prevention of viral hepatitis by promoting liver wellness and healthful lifestyles, advocating for hepatitis patients and the related medical community worldwide, and supporting research into prevention, treatment, and cures for viral hepatitis.

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project: Hepatitis http://natap.org

The mission of the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project is to educate individuals about HIV and Hepatitis treatments and to advocate on the behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS and HCV. Their efforts in these areas are conducted on local, national, and international levels.