HIV Advocacy Network

Advocate for meaningful change

San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a grassroots group of activists in the Bay Area fighting to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and improve the lives of communities impacted by HIV.

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The HIV Advocacy Network (HAN) is a community-based group of advocates and activists, organized by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, to mobilize and take action on issues intersecting communities impacted by HIV.

Members are provided with opportunities to learn how to become effective HIV advocates through social activities, mentorship, policy education, community outreach and skills-based trainings.

Since the early days of the HIV epidemic, AIDS activists have mobilized to fight for funding, equality and our lives. We’re applying that legacy to the modern-day context by bringing community activists together to advocate for critical policies that affect us all.
Advocacy helps me to realize that it’s not just about me, and that we can’t do this alone…
Michael Stoutmire Black Brothers Esteem Program Member

Advocacy Issue Areas

Health Justice

We fight for equitable access to healthcare for communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic.

Harm Reduction & Drug User Health

We believe in evidence-based public health policy that treats people who use drugs with dignity and respect in their journey around substance use.

HIV & Aging

Our elders fought for our rights to access healthcare ensuring HIV/AIDS would not be a death sentence. Now it’s time to step up together and fight for the right to age with dignity.

Housing & Homelessness

Housing is a human right, and we know that if you’re worried about where you’ll be sleeping you won’t be able to take care of your health. Housing is fundamental to achieving justice for our communities.

Intersectional Solidarity

We recognize the diversity inherent in the HIV movement and stand in solidarity with other progressive social justice movements working to dismantle systems of oppression that harm our communities.

The HIV Advocacy Network is a proud coalition member of: AIDS United • Care4AllCA • Coalition on Human Needs • Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition • EndHepC SF • Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) • Harm Reduction Coalition • HIV/AIDS Provider Network (HAPN) • Homeless Emergency Service Providers Association (HESPA) • Human Services Network • Medicaid Coalition • National AIDS Housing Coalition • National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition • National Coalition on LGBT Health • National Coalition on Low Income Housing • Our City Our Home Coalition • San Francisco HIV Frontline Organizers Network (SF HIV FOG) • SAVE for All Campaign • The Food is Medicine Coalition • Yes to SCS California

How are advocacy efforts organized?

HIV Advocacy Network members are organized into the following teams:

  • Leadership Team guides the strategic direction of advocacy efforts by empowering community members in advocating for issues affecting communities impacted by HIV and is composed of the co-chairs for each of the working group teams and the coordinator.
  • Mobilization & Training Team develops strategies to train and mobilize our members at key moments around advocacy campaigns and actions.
  • Community & Outreach Team plans activities and outreach to recruit new members and build community within our group to retain members and build solidarity.
  • Policy & Education Team informs membership on the progress of different bills and campaigns.
How do members stay informed?

Members of the HIV Advocacy Network are regularly provided with:

  • Updates related to our active campaigns that may include linked articles, fact sheets, and policy briefs related to our priority issue areas.
  • Shared toolkits, guides, and trainings to help members sharpen their advocacy skills and comprehension of key legislative processes.
  • Opportunities to take action like public marches and rallies, public comments at hearings, legislative visits with policymakers, phone banks, petition drives, canvassing, tabling, and social media actions.
When is your next membership meeting?

General membership meetings are held once a month. Depending on your commitment, additional meetings may be necessary to coordinate with team members on active campaigns and mobilizations.

Sign up today to attend our next membership meeting.

If you have any questions about current campaigns or initiatives, please contact Ande Stone, Senior Community Mobilization Manager.

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