On January 10, 2011, The Friends of AIDS Foundation (FOA) Foundation unveiled an aggressive three year plan to improve HIV/AIDS programs and services and reduce the spread of new infections. This strategic vision will help FOA chart our course over the next three years and measure our success in serving those living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
The Friends of AIDS Foundation (FOA) will utilize the experience and commitment of people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS, advocates, service providers, policy makers, researchers, donors, and community members to improve HIV/AIDS programs and services and reduce the spread of new HIV infections.
*We will deepen community ties and promote individual empowerment to reduce HIV transmission and improve HIV/AIDS programs and services.
*We will maximize resources to meet the changing needs of people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and ensure that the HIV/AIDS prevention and care services we provide are of the highest quality.
*We will advocate for increased government resources for HIV/AIDS services, science based HIV prevention strategies, and public policies and laws that help decrease HIV/AIDS stigma and protect the rights of people living with this disease.
*We will conduct effective fund raising to expand private support for HIV/AIDS programs and services. With a committed staff, board, and volunteers, we will sustain the work of the organization by producing high quality, profitable events, and secure new sources of individual, corporate and foundation support.
*We will collaborate with other organizations to help people with HIV/AIDS pursue economic independence. We will advocate for expanded government programs that help people with HIV/AIDS enter or return to the workforce without jeopardizing their health care. We will also work with other agencies to provide disabled individuals meaningful ways to contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS as volunteers or interns.
*We will work with other agencies and advocate for people over 50 who are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to ensure adequate response to their unique needs.
*We will address the HIV/AIDS crisis in communities by raising awareness and a sense of urgency. We will strive to reduce new HIV infections and improve health outcomes among people of diverse communities by strengthening partnerships with lawmakers, other agencies, private businesses, and religious organizations.
*We will address substance abuse, homophobia, homelessness, and other factors that impede access to HIV/AIDS health care and social services.
*We will advocate for prevention and care services tailored to women living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS. We will support efforts to develop affordable, accessible, and effective female-controlled prevention methods.
*We will advocate for science- based HIV/AIDS prevention and care services to meet the needs of youth. We will advocate to expand comprehensive school-based sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention education that is accurate and age appropriate. We will be committed to supporting increased government funding for science-based HIV/AIDS prevention, health care, housing, and other social services tailored to runaways, homeless, and at risk youth.
*We will ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS or at risk play a crucial role in FOA's policy and program development. We will also actively recruit people living with HIV/AIDS to become leaders throughout our organization.
*We will ensure that the skills and experiences of the service community inform and drive FOA's policy and program development. In addition, we will also draw on our contacts and expertise to identify best practice models and joint opportunities among non HIV/AIDS specific entities to benefit those affected by HIV/AIDS.
*We will raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic to counter apathy and mobilize action. We will continue to inform decision makers, leaders, community members, and the media about current and emerging HIV/AIDS issues. We will support allied organizations in their efforts to address the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. We will share expertise and best practices to reduce the spread of this pandemic.
*We will advocate for increased funding for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and other harm reduction programs and services that address HIV/AIDS and drug usage.
*We will advocate for policies and programs that reduce HIV transmission and improve health care for incarcerated populations.