Living our values: A new strategic plan for San Francisco AIDS Foundation
More than a year ago, a committee at our foundation embarked on a process to craft a bold plan for the future of our organization. Our strategic plan, for the years 2019 – 2024, explicitly states the mission, vision and values of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, sets priorities for the coming years, and gives us a roadmap for the path forward.
Over the course of an entire year, we invested ample time and resources in developing the plan. Guided by a consulting firm, we engaged the community, staff, partner organizations, community advisory boards and other stakeholders during the plan’s development, and solicited input and feedback at every step of the process.
A Bold Vision for the Future
Our vision is to reach a future where health justice is achieved for all people living with HIV or at risk for HIV. Ultimately, we strive for a day when race is not a barrier to health and wellness, substance use is not stigmatized, HIV status does not determine the quality of life and HIV transmission is eliminated.
What is health justice? We define it as when all people have the power and resources to make decisions about their bodies and health—regardless of identities and experiences.
Health justice may be a new concept for many people—and it is certainly a new way to frame the work of our organization. Ultimately, we want to free people from the oppressions that create health inequities. When we say “inequity,” what we mean is injustice. We’re pushing the envelope in new ways by centering our vision around the aspirational goal of health justice.
Our mission statement defines how we do the work. Our mission is to promote health, wellness and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy and community partnerships.
Building off of a 37-year legacy, our work to end the AIDS epidemic will continue. A slightly new perspective we’ll take in the coming years is to address all sexual health and substance use disparities for people who are either living with HIV or at risk for HIV. We want to ensure that our community has access to the resources, services, information and support we need to maintain our sexual health and solve problems related to substance use.