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Fenway Health advocates for legislation and budget priorities that align with its mission to serve the LGBTQIA+ community, those living with HIV/AIDS, and those who are vulnerable to health care access inequities. Health care inequity is a social justice issue that impacts BIPOC communities, people who are LGBTQIA+, people who inject drugs, people experiencing homelessness, and other marginalized communities. We are committed to breaking down barriers and working towards the principle that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
Fenway Health advocates for legislation that aligns with its mission to serve the LGBTQIA+ community, those living with HIV/AIDS, and those who are vulnerable to healthcare access inequities. In addition to supporting legislation addressing these communities, we also strive to highlight the impact and importance of social determinants of health.
Fenway Health is part of the state wide Project ABLE coalition of AIDS service providers, advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS/HCV. Since the early 1990’s, Project ABLE has successfully increased state funding for HIV/AIDS by working effectively with several governors and their respective administrations, the Massachusetts legislature, and through mobilizing a grassroots network of HIV/AIDS service providers, advocates, and people with HIV/AIDS/HCV.
Getting to zero has been a dream of those impacted by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. That vision was turned into a transformative agenda: zero discrimination, zero AIDS related deaths, and zero new HIV infections. An ambitious set of targets has been established to reach those goals: 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of all people living with HIV engaged in treatment, and 90% of all people receiving treatment achieving viral suppression.
Our Government Relations, Advocacy and Policy team works closely with The Fenway Institute’s Health Policy Research team, which conducts policy research on issues affecting LGBT health, HIV policy, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, social determinants of health, on issues affecting LGBT youth and LGBT elders, and on policies affecting LGBT people involved with the corrections system. We work in coalition with The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and AIDS United on national legislation advocacy that relates to our shared mission.
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