March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010
Emergency Conference Call

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. We are still having chilly mornings here in South Florida but it is nothing compared to the situation in many other parts of the country.

I had an early appointment at Broward House with John Raymond to transfer my AICP (AIDS Insurance Continuation Program). He was very nice and personable. It only took about a half hour to sign all the paperwork. Then John took me in to meet their Chief Operating Office who is Kathleen Cannon. We talked about my work with HIV and AIDS, Dab the AIDS Bear and our Teddy Bear Touchdowns for children with HIV and AIDS. I gave her one of our teddy bear pins and she gave me a Broward House pin and one from the Smart Ride. Then John took me in to speak with Joey who is an old friend and just got back in town from the Positive Living Conference and lobbying in Tallahassee.

Then it was time to head back to the house so I could take the dogs for a walk. Right after we got back from our walk, Michael Rajner called to drop off my present from the attendees from the Positive Living Conference. They had all signed a tshirt as I had mentioned and put it on a huge teddy bear. I was so touched.

Now I would like to talk about an emergency situation. Everyone knows how I am against ADAP waiting lists. Well Louisiana and South Carolina have both announced this week both states are starting ADAP waiting lists. So please participate in a call we have coming up. Here are the details and please share with your friends:

Emergency Conference Call Update

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 10:00 am Cst/11:00 am EST

Call-In Number: 1-408-792-6300
Meeting Access Code: 576 890 707

The Southern AIDS Coalition invites you to join on an Emergency Conference Call to update elected officials, media, HIV/AIDS advocates, HIV/AIDS service providers, HIV/AIDS clinicians on the major crisis possibly preventing access to lifesaving medications to so many people living with HIV/AIDS across the south.

ADAPs with Waiting Lists (662 individuals, as of March 5 2010)

71% of the individuals on ADAP Waiting List are in the South

Arkansas: 18 individuals
Kentucky: 172 individuals
North Carolina: 168 individuals
Tennessee: 110 individuals

Idaho: 17 individuals
Iowa: 55 individuals
Montana: 14 individuals
South Dakota: 26 individuals
Utah: 69 individuals
Wyoming: 13 individuals

Presenters on the calls

Sigga Jagne HIV/AIDS Program Branch Manager
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Joe May Program Administrator HIV Patient Care Resources
Section Bureau of HIV/AIDS Florida Department of Health

Joseph Interrante Chief Executive Officer
Nashville CARES Community Co-Chair
Board of Directors Southern AIDS Coalition, Inc.

Anna Huang, M.D. Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine University of Louisville

Jacquelyn Clymore North Carolina State AIDS/STD Director
Communicable Disease Branch Division of Public Health

I hope you have a great rest of your week. Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab