Fulton Officials Welcome Congressman Lewis as Task Force on HIV/AIDS Unrolls Recommendations to End AIDS in Fulton County | Print |

On National HIV Testing Day, Monday, June 27, Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves and Commissioner Joan P. Garner welcomed Congressman John Lewis as the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS announced its strategies for ending AIDS in Fulton County. The event took place at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta with more than 100 community members in attendance.

Speakers included:

  • Congressman John Lewis
  • Chairman John H. Eaves - Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Commissioner Joan P. Garner – Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Dr. Kathleen Toomey - Fulton County Health Director
  • Dr. Wendy Armstrong & Daniel Driffin - Fulton County HIV Taskforce Co-Chairs
  • Dr. Melanie Thompson - Fulton County HIV Taskforce “Strategy to End AIDS” Executive Editor
  • Leisha McKinley Beach – Fulton County HIV Prevention Director
  • Dr. Pascale Wortley –Data and Evaluation Committee Chair
  • Jeff Cheek - Fulton County Ryan White Program Director
  • Emily Brown & Phaedra McLaughlin – Social Determinants of Health Committee Co-Chairs
  • Jeff Graham – Georgia Equality Executive Director

The Fulton County HIV Taskforce launched its Phase II Update on “The Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County.” The document reflects broad-based community input, including individuals living with and affected by HIV, as well as HIV care providers, epidemiologists, community workers, advocates, public health officials, and others. The document includes recommendations for prevention strategies and delivery of care, but also addresses many of the social determinants of health related to HIV and AIDS.

“Fulton County’s is fully committed to the health of our citizens,” said Chairman John H. Eaves. “We are grateful to Congressman Lewis and to our federal partners for their support, as well as to our Health Services and Ryan White departments, and to the HIV Taskforce for their leadership and vision.”

“We have come a long way in the fight against HIV, but we can’t give up until we have ended AIDS in Fulton County,” said Commissioner Joan Garner. “Through the hard work of our dedicated staff and the collaboration with the HIV Taskforce and key community partners, I believe we will see an end to AIDS in our lifetimes.”

In December 2014, Chairman Eaves and Commissioner Garner established the Fulton County HIV Task Force to make recommendations for preventing HIV and improving access to care. Since it was established, the Fulton County HIV Task Force, which includes a diverse group of health professionals and community advocates, has made a number of recommendations to improve outcomes for HIV prevention and treatment, as well as supportive services.