Philanthropic, Civic Leaders Join Forces For Critical Conversation About Blacks And The HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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Kim Covington is the Senior Director of Community Initiatives for the Black and HIV/AIDS Town Hall.

Kim Covington is the Senior Director of Community Initiatives for the Black and HIV/AIDS Town Hall.

Story edited by AZI Staff

The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with 11 charitable and civic partners, is hosting a Town Hall of key community stakeholders on the topic of HIV/AIDS in Arizona’s black community.

The Town Hall takes place on Friday, Nov. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Debi Bisgrove Community Philanthropy Center at ACF, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B, Phoenix. Media are invited to attend.

This collaborative effort is being led by ACF’s Black Philanthropy Initiative and its Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy, with the goal of increasing awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African Americans in Arizona, who have significantly higher rates of HIV infection over any other race. A cycle of new infections fueled by stigma and a host of other issues hampers access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services.

The Town Hall is one component of a broader, long-term strategy designed to stop the spread of the disease through greater education and testing.

Partners include Arizona Department of Health, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Black Chamber of Arizona, City of Phoenix, Ebony House, Mountain Park Health Centers, Native Health, Office of Congressman Ruben Gallego, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Terros, and Vitalyst Health Foundation. Underwriting for the event comes from Gilead, Touch of Class Limousine, and the University of Arizona.

For more information about the Black and HIV/AIDS Town Hall, contact Senior Director of Community Initiatives Kim Covington at

Established in 2008, ACF’s Black Philanthropy Initiative works to advance equity, health, education, leadership and social justice for African-Americans in Arizona. The BPI is a charitable fund that engages African Americans and other interested Arizonans as active philanthropists to help achieve this mission.


Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans.

With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 30 community foundations in the nation with more than $775 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Last year, ACF and its affiliates awarded more than $56 million in grants and scholarship funding to some 3,500 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information about the Foundation is available at

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