The Board of Directors of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS ( www.swhiv.org) is pleased to announce that it is expanding its membership under new leadership. You can help the SWHIV continue to advance its mission to serve individuals touched by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client-centered services and coordinated care in collaboration with community partners.The Board is looking for creative, passionate, strong and diverse community leaders to serve as volunteer board members, willing to devote time and energy to this dynamic and growing organization to help further our mission, diversify resources, and foster sustainable community public health. We're especially looking for individuals with financial and investment experience, communications and marketing background, donor development, and/or previous board experience. The ideal candidates for membership on the Board of Directors of SWHIV will be those individuals who demonstrate passion for the mission and the community, a desire to reach underserved populations and communities of color, and are able to commit to:
- Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis (currently 6 per year);
- Enhance the organization's public standing by promoting the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public;
- Ensure that the appropriate organizational structures are in place to support mission and strategic plan; this includes bylaws, policies, and committees;
- Select, evaluate, and support the Executive Director;
- Demonstrate leadership by adhering to the highest standards of ethical actions in decision-making and by financially supporting the organization at a level that is personally significant;
- Ensure that adequate financial resources are available by assisting in the development of an annual fundraising plan, approving the plan, and supporting fundraising efforts through individual volunteer action and personal giving;
- Be available to serve on one Standing Committee and volunteer in other capacities as needed;
- Possess an open mindedness and commitment to making the best decision for the whole organization; and
- Maintain ability to keep confidential information confidential, disclose any and all conflicts of interest, and be willing to speak with one voice.
The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is a 501(c3) non-profit organization working sound public health and evidence-based programing to provide HIV testing, outpatient medical care and wellness, behavioral health counseling, case management, nutrition and others social services to individuals living with or at high risk of exposure to HIV in Arizona and the greater Southwest.
SWHIV serves ~30,000 annually through its programs and services. With new strategic goals launching soon and many new initiatives broadening the mission to include social justice and integrated LGBTQ+ services on the horizon, SWHIV needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors.
Most of the people that SWHIV serves are based in the LGBTQ+ community and members of vulnerable populations: they are low income individuals who are socially and/or economically marginalized and have difficulty finding culturally sensitive medical care that meets their needs.
The Center’s vision is to eliminate infection and improve quality of life for communities touched by HIV/AIDS. To help fulfill this vision, SWHIV has signed and is committed to the United Nations’ UNAIDS 90-90-90 initiative with the goal of achieving the following targets by 2020:
-90% of people living with HIV diagnosed;
-90% of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment; and
-90% of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load.
Phoenix is the 10 th city in the United States to sign on to the 90-90-90 initiative, and SWHIV’s new Executive Director, Kristin Kalla MA MPH, is on the mayor’s ad hoc committee that helps create action plans to achieve each of the initiative’s components. She is a senior public health and non-profit leader who has worked closely with US-based and international organizations to strengthen their governance, management and organizational development, fundraising and grants management, and global partnership and networking. She has over 25 years of experience as a public health anthropologist and communications expert focusing on women’s and community health, HIV/AIDS, social justice, gender programming, program and grant administration.
HIV/AIDS in Arizona
Arizona is currently ranked 15th among the 50 states in the number of HIV diagnoses. There are 17,464 HIV-positive individuals living in Arizona according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) 2017 Annual Report. Rates of new HIV infections are rising in Arizona. Youth are among the demographics most affected: individuals ages 25-29 had the highest rates of HIV infection in 2016, at 31.7 people per 100,000. People ages 20-24 had the second highest rate, 28.1 per 100,000.
In Phoenix, 35% of new HIV cases were among individuals ages 20-29, and more than half (53%) of the individuals infected were Hispanic. Women and minority populations in Phoenix also face high rates of HIV infection. Among African Americans, approximately 30% of new HIV cases were women; Black women are 15x more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than White women. New HIV diagnoses were also high for Native Americans (20% of the total) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (16%).
Perhaps more jarring, however, is that the 2014 Arizona Statewide Needs Assessment for People Living with HIV/AIDS revealed that nearly half (47.2%) of survey respondents had never received an HIV test prior to their positive test. Findings from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) clearly show that 90% of new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people with HIV and ensuring that they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatmentApplication
Please email your resume with a cover letter stating your motivation for serving on the Board to SWHIVBoardApplications@gmail.com. This open call will close on February 22, 2018.
- Resource Development / Management
- Financial Planning
- Donor Management
- Strategic Planning
- Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 3 year term - 6 Board mtgs/year + committee work
- Email resume and cover letter to SWHIVBoardApplications@gmail.com to express your interest