AIDS Walk Central Ohio raises HIV/AIDS awareness and provides critical funds for AIDS Service Organizations across the state. This years beneficiaries include AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Camp Sunrise, Delaware County AIDS Task Force, Montaña de Luz, Nationwide Children's Hospital FACES Program, Project Open Hand and Ohio AIDS Coalition.
The mission of ARC Ohio is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, advocacy, and care. We are a client-focused, community-based provider of specialized HIV prevention, testing, care, advocacy and support services providing assistance in 62 of the 88 Ohio counties. With offices in Athens, Chillicothe, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Newark, and Toledo, ARC Ohio is the largest AIDS services organization in the state.
The Delaware County AIDS Task Force was started in 1988 primarily for the purpose of educating the people of Delaware County with the belief that education is the key to prevention. The Task Force is made up entirely of volunteers and meets the third Tuesday of every month at noon at Grady Memorial Hospital. Our goals include: - establishing a support system for persons affected by HIV - distributing information and providing education - building public awareness of our organization and the services available in the area - advocating on behalf of those with HIV/AIDS. More and more the Task Force finds itself giving direct financial assistance to those in the county living with HIV. We are members of the Central Ohio HIV Consortium and work closely with the Ryan White HIV case manager for Delaware County. We have speakers available to address groups of every age and this service is often utilized. The DCATF is seen as the primary resource for HIV information in the county. We have a close association with various student groups at Ohio Wesleyan University, located here in Delaware and the University is represented on the Task Force. We frequently are invited to do educational presentations in the local schools. The Task Force can be contacted at 740-368-5349. Our website is www.dcatf.org.
Our mission as volunteers is to build a better reality for children in Honduras who are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. We are a faith based organization and believe that every person has the right to live with dignity and respect. At Montaña de Luz we provide comprehensive care for our children which includes education, medical care, and emotional and spiritual support.
The Family AIDS Clinic and Education Services (FACES) program of Nationwide Children's Hospital is central Ohio’s primary HIV clinic serving infants, youth, and women. Our mission is to “improve the health of those we serve. To assess, prevent, and interrupt the transmission of HIV and provide for the needs of clients living with HIV/AIDS by identifying the scope and extent of HIV infection and the needs which it creates, and disseminating timely and complete information.” The HIV clinic began here at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 1985, but in 1991 the clinic officially became FACES and increased its services to adult patients. Today we serve more than 400 HIV clients in at least forty counties, providing comprehensive care to HIV-infected children, youth and more than 300 affected family members. As families and communities continually experience the impact of HIV in the Greater Columbus area, FACES responds by providing quality medical and psychosocial care to our diverse patients and through community prevention outreach. Our interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, RNs, social workers, a child life specialist, dietician, and a consumer advocate, to name a few, truly allows us to maximize results for our patients and within the community. We also partner with local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and various other community agencies to help meet the unique needs of our patients and to help reduce the spread of HIV in the local area. Additionally, we are proud to have begun free HIV testing for anyone 13 and older in our clinic on Fridays from 8am to 2pm.
Founded in 1994, Project Open Hand - Columbus (POHC) is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in Central Ohio. POHC became a program of LifeCare Alliance and it's extensive array of independent living programs in December 2004. POHC offers an extensive intervention program that addresses the causes of malnutrition and hunger associated with HIV/AIDS. Medical research has shown that nutritious food is one of the most powerful weapons available for fighting AIDS. POHC serves are offered FREE of charge, even though contributions are graciously accepted.
The Ohio AIDS Coalition is a division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) providing education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community.We are funded by grants, OAC-sponsored fundraising events and private donations.
OAC’s supporters are People Living With HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, medical providers, local and state health department officials, social workers, mental health professionals, and other persons affected by the epidemic.
Mission: The Coalition will function as a statewide network, carrying on activities that local groups are unable to perform and are best served on a statewide level, including but not limited to Healing Events, Publications, Leadership Training, and Advocacy. The Coalition shall consult with policy makers to prevent discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS disease and to obtain support for HIV/AIDS disease education, research and quality services. Online at www.ohioaidscoalition.org
Vision: To provide hope, healing, and empowerment to all persons affected by HIV/AIDS disease within the state of Ohio.