Partnerships Transform the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The Power of Partnerships to Transform the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
The AIDS Quilt’s Power to Bring People Together 

On World AIDS Day 2011, President Barack Obama called attention to the vital role partnerships play in winning the fight against HIV/AIDS—partnerships between the government and the private sector have the power to change the course of the HIV epidemic and ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS get access to life-saving treatments.1 In other words, partnerships have the power to transform the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

As a strong supporter of these partnerships, Bristol-Myers Squibb is working with Quilt in the Capital 2012 during the momentous return of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) to Washington, DC, this July. This event also marks the return of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) to the United States after 22 years abroad.

Over its 25-year history, the Quilt has commemorated the men, women, and children claimed by the epidemic—and it continues to be a compelling symbol of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. The Quilt exemplifies the power of bringing together people from all backgrounds to foster dialogue, awareness, and action at every level. These partnerships are at the core of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s 20+ year commitment to join with the people and organizations working to end the epidemic.

Unfortunately, too many people lack access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment. One solution is to create strong and lasting partnerships that help drive policy initiatives aimed at reducing barriers to care.

“It takes the collaboration of many stakeholders to advance policies that support access to care and treatment for all people living with HIV. Bristol-Myers Squibb is a committed and key partner in this endeavor, having supported programs to strengthen community capacity to address HIV law and policy development needed at the local, state, and national levels.”

Robert Greenwald, JD
Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Access to HIV Care in the South exemplifies programming intended to strengthen community capacity by engaging private sector stakeholders with community-based organizations in Alabama that are working to meet challenges in overcoming barriers to HIV care. This and other Bristol-Myers Squibb-supported initiatives like Positive Charge, WithInSight®, and the State Healthcare Access Research Project (SHARP) are working to meet the unique needs of people living with HIV and AIDS.

“The domestic fight against HIV/AIDS will only be won with the support and engagement of the private sector and civil society at large. Bristol-Myers Squibb is leading the way in creating new public-private partnership opportunities to expand the HIV/AIDS care workforce, improve access to treatment and care, and create awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the most impacted regions of the United States. This type of leadership from a private company is a model we hope to see replicated over and over again; it is essential to our success in turning the tide of HIV domestically.”

Dawn Averitt Bridge
Founder, Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month
Founder and Chair, The Well Project
Nellysford, VA

July 2012 is the month of world partnerships and HIV awareness

The designation of July 2012 as the first annual National HIV Awareness Month shows how public-private partnerships have the ability to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, and spark renewed commitment and energy in those striving to end the epidemic. Bristol-Myers Squibb joined with the broad coalition supporting this event. Expanding the reach of public-private partnerships will also support those working to achieve the goals outlined by the United States National HIV/AIDS Strategy, including measures to address disparities and health care inequities for people living with HIV and AIDS and improving access to HIV treatment and care.

“For more than two decades, Bristol-Myers Squibb has been committed to discovering, developing, and delivering innovative therapies to treat HIV. We will not waver in our journey with the HIV community—or in our mission to ensure that people living with HIV have access to treatment.”

Douglas J. Manion, MD
Senior Vice President
Development, Neuroscience, Virology, and Japan
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Only one year after the Quilt was created, Bristol-Myers Squibb began its journey to bring antiviral therapies to market, and it continues to strive for advances in HIV therapy that might bring an end to the epidemic. As the Quilt is unfolded once again this July, tens of thousands will remember the journey of those who bravely fought the disease—also honoring the enduring commitment of those who continue to fight HIV and AIDS.

The Quilt is a living and growing memorial to those who have died from the epidemic. Each of the 48,000 handsewn panels of the Quilt serves to inspire those currently fighting the disease and bring hope for the day when panels are no longer needed to be sewn. As the largest community art project in the world, the Quilt shows how, working in partnership, we can win the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world.

1Remarks by the President on World AIDS Day. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. June 18, 2012

Visit us to view “Images of AIDS 2012” by Kelly Guenther.  Kelly won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for her contribution to the New York Times’ coverage of 9/11 and has a beautiful eye for capturing special moments.

Chef Ris Lacoste and ris Support The Quilt With A Prix Fixe Meal!

Support The Quilt/NAMES Project during Quilt In the Capital over an amazing “Honoring The Quilt” meal at acclaimed Washington restaurant RIS. 

“Honoring The Quilt”
Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28
$50 prix fixe, local farm-to-table menu
($85 with wine pairing)

 

For more information and to make reservations, call 202.730.2500 or visit their website at  risDC.com

15% of proceeds will be donated to The Quilt / NAMES Project Foundation

Heartfelt thanks to Chef Ris Lacoste and RIS for supporting The Quilt and NAMES Project Foundation!

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Quilt in the Capital Menu

July 22-28, 2012
Chilled Cucumber “Vichyssoise”
with crème fraîche and dill croutons
Hazelnut Crusted Seared Sea Scallop
on a roasted beet salad with pink grapefruit, ginger caramel and white port vinaigrette
Linden Vidal Riesling, 2009, Virginia
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Genoa Cheese Ravioli
new potato cake with basil pesto, string beans and tomato eggplant fondue
Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay, 2011, Monticello, Virginia
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
with corn bacon ragoût, spinach and grilled pepper relish
Boxwood Estate Rosé, 2011, Middleburg, Virginia
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Peach Cobbler
with honey almond ice cream
Linden Late Harvest Petit Manseng, 2008, Virginia
$50 / $85 with wine pairings
15% of the proceeds from this menu will be donated to The Quilt/NAMES Project Foundation
The Quilt transforms statistics into souls, stigma into understanding, and complacency into action.

Microsoft Research Connections and Partners Create Interactive AID/HIV Applications

Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.

Apps include:
– A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece where you can view the entire quilt, block by block. Warning: It will take over a month to view the 6000 blocks comprised of 8 panels each!

– A 30 Year History of AIDS via ChronoZoom
An amazing ChronoZoom interactive timeline that chronicles the history of AIDS and includes Deep Zoom panoramas of the quilt at various stages in its creation.

If you want to learn more about what Microsoft Research is doing to find a cure for HIV, you can visit Next@Microsoft blog which describes how MSR researcher David Heckerman is using spam filtering technology to help find a vaccine for HIV.

 

quilt in the capital

Quilt In the Capital

July 21-25, 2018

Sections of The Quilt will also be on display on The National Mall and at more than 40 other locations** throughout the Washington, D.C. area from July 21 – 25, 2018.

This display coincides with The International AIDS Conference that is taking place at The Convention Center.

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) provides the global scientific community with a vital opportunity to engage with one another and advance all facets of the collective effort to prevent and treat HIV. This conference will play a key role in shaping international scientific and public health responses to HIV/AIDS.

Participating venues include Arena Stage, American University, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Dulles Airport, Reagan International Airport, The Mayflower Renaissance, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, The Organization of American States | Art Museum of the Americas, The Kennedy Center, Human Rights Campaign, Nationals Stadium, The Westin City Center, The Department of The Interior South Building Plaza, The Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Eastern Market North Hall, National Building Museum, The Harman Center for The Performing Arts and numerous National Park Service locations throughout the City.

POZ to Stream Live from Quilt In the Capital 2018

POZ is an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 1994, POZ and poz.com are identified by its readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease.

POZ will be doing live interviews on The National Mall during Quilt In the Capital 2018  and streaming them on POZ.com.  If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. be sure to log on and see what’s happening between July 21 – 25, 2018 in our Nation’s Capital. (link to POZ.com)

The AIDS Memorial Quilt Returns to Washington, D.C. This Summer in Two Inspiring Ways

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 27 – July 1; July 4 – 8, 2018

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Sections of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display as part of this year’s Folklife Festival which takes place between June 27 – July 1; July 4 – 8, 2018.

The Festival takes place on The National Mall in the heart of the nation’s capital; the Festival is free to the public and averages more than one million visitors annually and reaches millions more through media coverage worldwide.

Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the first Festival program to focus exclusively on community craft and performance that developed in response to crisis and grief. Through craft demonstrations, dance and musical performances, interactive discussions, and other activities, the 2012 Festival will commemorate the innovative and resourceful ways through which communities have endeavored to educate people and to cope with one of the most complex epidemics in modern history.