AIDS Funding Cut PROTEST @ Baton Rouge City Hall: Thursday, April 13th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Despite Highest HIV & AIDS Rates in the Nation, Mayor’s Office defunds respected HIV medical provider caring for over 30% of Baton Rouge’s HIV/AIDS patients. AIDS activists & patients to protest Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and the City of Baton Rouge for failing to renew AHF’s Ryan White Contract.

Protest follows federal lawsuit filed Monday by AHF seeking to overturn the cuts; failure to renew AHF’s Contract also made AHF ineligible to participate locally in the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program.

BATON ROUGE, La.--()--A group of AIDS activists, patients, students and medical care providers will stage a peaceful protest and demonstration in front of Baton Rouge City Hall (222 St. Louis Street) on Thursday, April 13th from 10:30am to 11:30am to protest recent AIDS funding cuts by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge.

The AIDS advocates will protest Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and the City of Baton Rouge for arbitrarily failing to renew a federally-funded contract for crucial local HIV/AIDS medical care and services in Baton Rouge with AHF, a respected HIV medical provider currently caring for over 30% of Baton Rouge’s HIV/AIDS patients. On March 2, 2017 Baton Rouge City officials notified AHF that it would not renew its Ryan White contract for the 2017 – 2018 grant year, an action that also made AHF ineligible to participate locally in the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program, a crucial federal, but locally-administered drug discount program in Baton Rouge.

WHAT:

   

PROTESTING Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office over AIDS Funding Cuts

 

WHEN:

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am

 

WHERE:

in front of: Baton Rouge City Hall, 222 Saint Louis St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(Between North Blvd. & Louisiana Ave.)

 

B-ROLL:

40 AIDS advocates with placards, banners, 3ft world globe balloons
 

CONTACT:

Jessica Reinhart, Associate Director of Community Outreach, AHF, +.1.323.203.6146 mobile, Jessica.Reinhart@aidshealth.org

 

The protest comes on the heels of a federal lawsuit filed by AHF seeking court intervention to overturn the cuts. In its lawsuit, filed Monday, April 10, 2017 in the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, (Case # 17 cv00229 BAJ-RLB), AHF is seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge through the City of Baton Rouge Division of Human Development and Services through restoration of the contract and AHF’s 340B eligibility. AHF’s lawsuit focuses specifically on the Parish of East Baton Rouge’s arbitrary, capricious—and AHF asserts, illegal—denial of renewal of the contract.

First in the Nation: Background on HIV/AIDS in Baton Rouge, the Ryan White Program

According to the Advocate newspaper, “Baton Rouge is ranked first in the nation for estimated HIV and AIDS case rates per 100,000 people, while New Orleans is ranked third for HIV and fourth for AIDS, according to newly released 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures.”

In Baton Rouge, AHF operates the following two AHF Healthcare Center locations:

1) Baton Rouge Healthcare Center, 8281 Goodwood Boulevard, Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; and
2) Baton Rouge Azmeh Clinic and Pharmacy, 4890 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 713,000 individuals in 39 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

AHF Southern Bureau
Imara Canady
Regional Director, Communications and Community Engagement
+1.404.870.7789 work
+1.954.952.0258 mobile
imara.canady@aidshealth.org
or
AHF
Jessica Reinhart
Associate Director of Community Outreach
+.1.323.203.6146 mobile
Jessica.Reinhart@aidshealth.org

Release Summary

AIDS Funding Cut PROTEST @ Baton Rouge City Hall: Thursday, April 13th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Contacts

AHF Southern Bureau
Imara Canady
Regional Director, Communications and Community Engagement
+1.404.870.7789 work
+1.954.952.0258 mobile
imara.canady@aidshealth.org
or
AHF
Jessica Reinhart
Associate Director of Community Outreach
+.1.323.203.6146 mobile
Jessica.Reinhart@aidshealth.org