SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION
BIENESTAR AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Bienestar advocates for human rights and social justice on a local, statewide and national level and serves the community at large by shedding light on emerging Latino issues and engaging with political and social service leaders. It empowers clients to participate through community mobilization and to become "agents of change," thereby building awareness of critical issues, policies and legislation that require political action and funding.
Bienestar uses a culturally intuitive peer-based approach, combined with community outreach, to address health and societal issues while promoting awareness and social justice. Through local, statewide and national advocacy, Bienestar serves the community at large by shedding light on Latino issues, cultivating community participation and building awareness of funding needs, social issues and policy change.
CREATING THE FUTURE
Since its formation, Bienestar’s mission has been to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. We have always understood that to eliminate the HIV epidemic, we need to provide education, information and services to vulnerable and marginalized communities, especially those most at risk of being infected and people currently living with HIV. However, we have also understood that the key to our efforts is advancing human rights and economic and social equalities for all.
Bienestar creates opportunities to develop, mobilize and empower the populations we serve in order to promote health, reduce stigmas and discrimination, advocate for policies that eradicate health disparities and promote justice and wellbeing.
To be successful in our efforts, Bienestar follows a strategic and comprehensive approach that builds organizational capacity, leadership and external collaborations. We develop strategic partnerships with affected communities, public entities, educational institutions, scientific communities, philanthropists and other community organizations to achieve wellness and self-determination for all.
Please see some of the current campaigns and causes we support:
Act Against AIDS (AAA) is an initiative launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat complacency about HIV and AIDS in the United States. Launched in 2009, Act Against AIDS focuses on raising awareness among all Americans and reducing the risk of infection among the most affected communities – gay and bisexual men, African Americans, Latinos, and other populations at increased risk.
Find more information here: Act Against AIDS.
Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is a growing international campaign that is aimed at ending the epidemics of HIV and HIV-related stigma by empowering people with accurate and meaningful information. Overwhelming research confirms that when a person living with HIV is on effective treatment, it will reduce the level of HIV to "undetectable" levels which protects their health and makes them incapable of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners, or what we call Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). As a prevention strategy, this is often referred to as Treatment as Prevention.
The Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) message is an unprecedented opportunity to transform the lives of millions of people with and affected by HIV and to radically transform the field.
Find more information here: Undetectable = Untransmittable.
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