Brands Show Up Big To Support Local Impact of the AIDS 2020 Conference

// Steering Committee
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Brands Show Up Big To Support Local Impact of the AIDS 2020 Conference
// STEERING COMMITTEE
May 28, 2020
Press Release

Brands Show Up Big to Support Local Impact of the AIDS 2020 Conference

The AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group today announced support from several national and Bay Area companies to support a local scholarship fund, arts and cultural programming and more, to drive local engagement and participation in the International AIDS Conference happening virtually July 6-10, 2020.

Gilead Sciences, Chevron, Walgreens, Dignity Health, and Magellan Cares Foundation are confirmed as 2020 Local Impact Partners, joining forces to fund this critical local programming that will ensure the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) leaves behind a long-lasting regional impact, despite the virtual pivot.

AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group Co-Chairs from San Francisco and Oakland are proud to welcome these organizations to the Local Impact Program and to be bringing these brands together to end the HIV epidemic in the Bay Area.

Rev. Rob Newells, AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group Co-Chair said, “It is exciting to see these brands showing up in support of communities impacted by HIV. HIV isn’t over, and in many communities, HIV acquisition is increasing. We need the corporate sector to continue to prioritize HIV.”

As a Platinum Partner, Gilead Sciences shared, “We are honored to partner with the Local Planning Group to ensure that the voices of the community–especially those from Oakland and San Francisco–are at the table during this historic conference. The COVID-19 crisis has challenged many of our conferences to go virtual to continue their mission of sharing the science, data and community best practices associated with ending the HIV epidemic,” said Douglas Brooks, Executive Director, Public Affairs. “Gilead Sciences is proud to support the Local Planning Group which continues to provide critical planning support and engagement even in the reality of the transition to a virtual conference.”

Partnering to establish a regional HIV care and prevention plan, Dr. Huma Abbasi, GM Enterprise Health at Chevron, said, “As the first oil and gas company to implement a global HIV/AIDS policy, we have long believed that healthy communities are critical to sustainable economic growth. Chevron is extremely proud to be among the network of partners that continue to come together to address critical public health threats like HIV. We are committed to supporting local initiatives that accelerate progress in health equity and security.”

Supporting local scholarships, Dignity Health reflects on their connection to this work: “Since the beginning, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital have been on the frontlines fighting HIV. We are proud to support the Local Impact Project to ensure that the AIDS 2020 Conference leaves a lasting impact,” said David Klein, MD, MBA, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

Walgreens is also a proud partner of the Local Impact Program. “We’re proud to support the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group to shine a light on the challenges we still face in areas with high HIV prevalence and the need for HIV testing, treatment and prevention,” said Luke Sauter, vice president, specialty pharmacy Walgreens. “With more than 3,000 HIV-trained pharmacists in communities across the nation supporting HIV testing, education and care and through our strong relationships with community partners, like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we’re passionate about working together to end the HIV epidemic,” said Bradley Mcelya, Senior Manager, Patient Care and Advocacy, Walgreens.

“Magellan Cares Foundation is proud to support this year’s AIDS 2020 Local Impact Program with a bronze level sponsorship. As the nation continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is vitally important to support local community efforts during this time. We are deeply invested in the nation’s focus to combat AIDS and the HIV epidemic through education, awareness, research and access to medications for those living with the disease,” said Meredith Delk, GM and SVP, Government Markets, Magellan Rx Management, and SVP, Government Affairs, Magellan Health. 

AIDS 2020: Virtual has provided a unique catalyst for regional collaboration, allowing for the development of a Local Impact Program created by and for individuals and communities living with or at risk for by HIV across San Francisco and Oakland.

The AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group acts as a central point in planning and coordinating local activities in the lead up to and during the AIDS 2020 Conference. The objective of these activities is to bring local/regional voices, issues, perspectives as well as solutions to the conference, in a systematic and effective way. For more information, about the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group and its Local Impact Program, or how to become a Local Impact Partner, visit aids2020local.org 

The 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) will take place 6-10 July, 2020.The International AIDS Conference is the world’s largest gathering on HIV and AIDS. The biennial conference serves as a unique forum at the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen HIV science, programs, policy, and advocate for an effective response. For more information on the conference, visit https: www.aids2020.org

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