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Community Initiatives


World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1. There are many ways to be involved – here’s a community listing of events. 

HIV Testers Retreat
With The City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, the AFC co-convened an HIV Testers’ Retreat to take a deeper dive into the CDC’s recommendation to target HIV testing to those at highest risk for HIV infection as well as to gather input from those who conduct HIV testing in Greater Cleveland and work with those who are newly diagnosed with HIV. Julie Patterson of Silver Creek Strategies was contracted to facilitate the discussion and to report out the context and findings.
Click here to read the full report.  

In addition to directing resources toward grants to support projects undertaken by other community agencies, the AFC also engages in and funds initiatives aimed at building the community’s capacity to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These initiatives include trainings for professionals, large-scale evaluation projects, research, the AIDS United AmeriCorps program and convenings.

AIDS United AmeriCorps Program
The AIDS United AmeriCorps program is the largest national AmeriCorps program with a singular focus on ending the HIV epidemic through public service. We build the next generation of public health leaders who have frontline experience in the fight against HIV. In partnership with AIDS United, the AIDS Funding Collaborative is one of six national Operating Sites for the 2015–2016 service year, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM, and New Orleans, LA. The AFC will support eight Service Members in Greater Cleveland. Congratulations to the 2015–2016 AFC/AIDS United AmeriCorps Host Agencies and Service Team.

Get Social with the AFC/AIDS United AmeriCorps Team!

How the AIDS United Americorps Program Changed Jim Alsop via CoolCleveland


2014-2015 AIDS United AmeriCorps Program:  For the 2014-2015 service year, AFC was one of seven operating sites supported six service members in Greater Cleveland. The 2014-2015 Service Members and the Host Agencies were:

  • The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland - Jim Alsop  
  • Care Alliance Health Center - Ally Ham
  • The LGBT Center of Cleveland Samantha Landvick  
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center - Effie Morway 
  • The MetroHealth System - Daniel Prokop 
  • Recovery Resources - Estevan Yepez

The 2014–2015 AFC/AIDS United AmeriCorps team has completed its long-term project, Conscious Creations, an HIV awareness high school art competition. High School students from across Greater Cleveland submitted original artwork intended to highlight HIV prevention messages. The team raise over $3,000 dollars to support the project and partnered with the Cleveland Public Library to promote and collect submissions. The top three winning submissions received cash prizes and had their artwork featured on local billboards across Cleveland:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:


 AmeriCorps Program Resources:

Capacity Building Initiative
In 2013, the AFC spearheaded a local capacity building initiative to bring national speakers on important and timely topics in HIV/AIDS to Northeast Ohio.  Slide presentations from each of the forums are available below.

HIV Fundamentals

Ohio ACA Presentation

Game Changers

Smarter Sex

Affordable Care Act Forum presentation by Robert Greenwald, JD


Highlights from the AFC's 2013 Community Briefing
Annually the AFC convenes individuals sponsored by discretionary grant dollars to attend national conferences and trainings to present highlights to the community.  Other community members who have attended conferences are welcomed to present as well. Please contact Melissa Federman, if you would like to participate in this program.

Past Community Initiatives:

Evaluation of the K-12 Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD)—In 2006-2007, CMSD launched a K-12 Responsible Sexual Behavior (RSB) curriculum with the goal of providing age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education each year to all students from kindergarten through grade 12. To document the impact of this innovative programming, in 2007 the AFC engaged nationally-recognized evaluators Philliber Research Associates (PRA) to design and implement an annual evaluation of the RSB initiative. A group of community stakeholders, including funders, the county and city health departments, and staff at CMSD, have collaborated with the AFC and PRA to inform the design and implementation of the evaluation since its inception. The evaluation spanned four school years and demonstrated improvements in students' knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behavioral intent as a result of the program; gains among students who have received the curriculum year after year; progress towards institutionalization and sustainability of the initiative within CMSD; and strong support for the initiative among parents, teachers, and community leaders. The evaluation has also informed a number of recommendations to improve the program, and several of these have already been implemented. Evaluation results for 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 school years are available below.

  • 2010-2011 Evaluation: The full report, report appendices, briefs focused on specific aspects of the findings, and announcement of the results are available below.
  1. CMSD RSB Evaluation Briefs
  2. CMSD RSB Evaluation Report
  3. CMSD RSB Evaluation Appendix
  • 2009-2010 Evaluation: The full report, report appendices, briefs focused on specific aspects of the findings, and announcement of the results are available below.
  1. CMSD RSB Evaluation Briefs
  2. CSMD RSB Evaluation Report
  3. CMSD RSB Evaluation Appendix 
  • 2008-2009 Evaluation: The full report, briefs, and appendices are available below. 
  1. CMSD RSB Evaluation Briefs
  2. CMSD RSB Evaluation Report
  3. CMSD RSB Evaluation Appendix
  • 2007-2008 Evaluation: The full report, briefs focused on specific aspects of the findings, and news release are available here.
  1. CMSD RSB Evaluation Briefs
  2. CMSD RSB Evaluation Report
  3. CMSD RSB Evaluation Appendix