Hope to see you at our annual meeting and appreciation event
on Tuesday, March 7. Friends, food, inspiration, and a
celebration of community—free and open to all! Information
about this and other upcoming events and opportunities is
Celebrate Community! TIHAN's Annual Meeting and Volunteer
TIHAN's Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 7
at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church (602 N.
Wilmot, on the corner of 5th Street and Wilmot). The
reception begins at 5:30pm and the annual "year in pictures"
slideshow and awards ceremony runs from 6:00-7:00pm.
This event is a great way to meet and celebrate people, to
acknowledge TIHAN's dedicated volunteers and partners, and
to reflect back on 2016 while indulging in great hors
d’oeuvres and good company!
Whether you want to know more about TIHAN, or you are
heavily involved, it’s a great overview of our people and
programs from 2016—join us!
RSVP to 299-6647 or
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Dr. J Kevin
Carmichael to Receive 2017 Center for Health and Hope
Working globally but headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the
Center for Health and Hope announces that J. Kevin
Carmichael, MD, one of Southern Arizona’s outstanding HIV
physicians, is the recipient of their 2017 Leadership Award.
The award will be presented at the Swinging@AIDS benefit
concert on March 24 (information below).
“Dr. Carmichael’s lifetime of service to persons facing HIV
and AIDS is extraordinary,” stated the Rev. Dr. Don Messer,
Executive Director of the Center for Health and Hope. “As a
medical professional and humanitarian, his service in
Arizona and Mexico has benefited countless individuals and
families. His advocacy and care have inspired us, and we are
honored to be able to recognize his contributions.”
Dr. Carmichael was nominated by TIHAN. “We’ve worked with
Dr. Carmichael for 22 years, and I have personally witnessed
him time after time giving care and support to those seeking
medical care for their HIV. I have seen him go above and
beyond what you might expect a physician to do, providing
excellent care as he helped build a state-of-the-art HIV
clinic in Tucson,” commented Scott Blades, Executive
Director of TIHAN.
Tickets for the benefit concert and awards ceremony are $20.
ABOUT DR. KEVIN CARMICHAEL
Kevin Carmichael grew up in Miami, Florida, where he
completed medical school in 1986. He was a resident in
Family Medicine in Miami during the early days of HIV and,
with his sister Dr. Cynthia Carmichael, wrote one of the
first handbooks on HIV care.
Dr. Carmichael came to Tucson in 1990 and did a fellowship
in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona. He began to
care for a large number of people living with HIV and became
active in the community working with the Tucson AIDS
Project, Shanti, The People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson,
El Proyecto Arizona y Sonora, and the Tucson Interfaith
HIV/AIDS Network. In 1991 he joined the El Rio Community
Health Center and began El Rio Special Immunology Associates
(SIA), which was the first full-time HIV Clinic in Southern
Arizona. Over the past 25 years, SIA has grown to serve
approximately 1,200 persons living with HIV, providing
primary and specialty care. Dr. Carmichael serves as the
Medical Director for the Special Immunology Associates
clinic at El Rio.
He has also been active at the national level, serving on
the Board of directors of the HIV Medicine Association, a
core faculty member of the International Antiviral Society,
the Steering Committee of the Ryan White Medical Providers
Coalition, and a member of the US Dept of Health and Human
Services’ Antiretroviral Guidelines Committee. When not
working, Dr. Carmichael spends time with his wife and two
sons enjoying the outdoors in Southern Arizona.
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Swinging@AIDS Golf Tournament Benefit, and a Concert
Featuring Diane Van Duerzen and Lisa Otey
Swinging@AIDS is a golf
tournament and related benefit concert raising funds for the
programs and services of TIHAN as well as the Children of
Africa Hope Mission School in Kenya.
For information about
the March 24 benefit concert featuring Diane Van Duerzen and
Lisa Otey and their blend of hot jazz, sultry blues, and
cabaret, along with Denver-based performer Kelly Triplett, a
singer-songwriter as much at home with a rock song as with a
country ballad, and the presentation of an award to Dr.
For information about
the March 25 Swinging@AIDS Golf Tournament and Silent
Auction at The Views Golf Course (an 18-hole,
desert-inspired championship golf course with breathtaking
views in a picture perfect setting in Oro Valley),
You can also purchase
tickets for the 50/50 drawing ($10 each) –
Last year’s first-ever
golf tournament raised $15,000 for the two organizations,
and this year’s event promises even more fun and a bigger
impact! Please spread the word to your friends who love
golf, music, and making a difference!
For more information
about all these great ways to have fun while supporting
people with HIV both locally and globally, contact Claudia
Svarstad at 303-594-8027 or
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Joe, Living with HIV, to Get a Better Life Going
In the 1980s, Joe was
in his 20’s and living in Austin, Texas. He had been earning
extra money selling plasma to a local blood bank. “On my
third visit… they pulled me aside and said they couldn’t
take my blood anymore because I had AIDS. They were so blunt
about it — it was traumatizing.”
Joe was left to deal
with his diagnosis largely on his own. “It was hard at
first, because I knew that I had to be careful
— but I didn’t know anything.
There was no information out there about how to live with
HIV.” He was doing fine physically, although at that time he
was not seeing a doctor or taking any medication. But 15
years later, Joe began to feel the effects of HIV on his
body. “I was working outside in the middle of the summer and
I felt so cold. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.” Joe
went to the emergency room and was immediately given
antiretroviral medication for HIV. “I went through a bunch
of different medications. I was taking one drug at night
before going to sleep, and in the morning, I would wake up
and every joint in my body would be so stiff. I couldn’t
straighten out. It was so painful.”
Joe, who had moved to a
smaller town, soon realized that he would need to move in
order to get the care he needed. “There was no assistance in
Odessa. They barely had a clinic there to help with the
medications, and the doctor was horrible. I wasn’t taking my
medications just to be spiteful to everyone, and I was very
angry.” Joe had heard from an acquaintance that there was
better care available in Tucson, and he decided to take the
chance to “get a better life going.”
After moving to Tucson
in 2015, Joe immediately connected with SAAF, where he was
encouraged to register with TIHAN. In the year and a half
that Joe has been in Tucson, he has engaged with a number of
TIHAN programs, including the Living Well with HIV program
and CarePackages. He recently attended the Eating Well
nutrition class. “It was very informative... I learned that
I eat way too much salt and that tofu really isn’t that bad!
[The presenter] is really funny, and the way that she
presents all of the information is great.” Joe also
appreciates the toiletries and personal care items he
receives from TIHAN. “I love the CarePackages, especially
the cleaning supplies, because I don’t have a lot of money.
The money that I do have, I am able to stretch it out even
further. Plus, people tell me that my house is so clean!”
Joe feels that his move
to Tucson was the right choice. “I didn’t know that there
was such a caring community out there. There’s always
support and people wanting to help.” With your support,
TIHAN and our programs and volunteers have been able to play
a strong part in that better life that Joe has going.
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Together: Join us for a social event / TIHAN walking group
at Reid Park
Get out and get moving! Join us for a free group walk (at
your own pace) — open to TIHAN and our network of friends —
volunteers, donors, CarePartners, kids: everyone and anyone.
Just show up and walk with us on Wednesday, March 29 at
5:30pm at the Reid Park walking path. It’s just a social
event to encourage people to get out and exercise a bit
together. Some of us will walk very slow and just a few
blocks, and some will walk faster or farther. Younger or
older, positive or not, beginner or experienced, involved or
just a friend, everyone is welcome.
The most important thing isn’t how fast or how many miles
you want to walk, but that we all do what we’re comfortable
with, and we get out and move — together! Bring your friends
or kids or come solo. We’ll meet at the northeast corner of
the park at the entrance to the tennis courts (at Broadway
Boulevard and Alvernon Way), and we’ll walk the path. Join
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Administrative Support Needed to Keep TIHAN’s Programs Going
are essential in delivering TIHAN programs and services to
people living with HIV — from
serving food at Poz Café to registering new CarePartners in
the office to delivering CarePackages to people’s homes or
making friendly calls and visits. But behind the scenes, we
are in need of volunteer help too!
Individuals with strong
computer and communication skills can help us by:
Designing newsletters, flyers, brochures, and
Writing news articles
Researching community resources and keeping TIHAN’s
Coordinating office organization, including making
copies, filing paperwork, sending mail, making phone
calls, and preparing for events
If any of these
activities sound like something for you, please get in
touch! Contact TIHAN’s Volunteer Coordinator at 299-6647 or
VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org to sign up for the next
Toothbrushes Are Missing Their Counterpart – Toothpaste!
Did you know that
variations of toothpaste have been around for thousands of
years? Many of us take for granted having the resources to
purchase toothpaste, ensuring the health of our teeth and
gums. However, for some TIHAN CarePartners who are on a
limited income, the decision to buy dental hygiene items may
be a difficult one — especially
because they cannot be purchased using SNAP (“food stamp”)
Thanks to a generous
donation last year, TIHAN currently has hundreds of
toothbrushes to distribute, but no toothpaste to pair with
them! Please consider picking up a few tubes of ADA-approved
toothpaste on your next trip shopping. Donations can be
dropped off Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, at the TIHAN
office (2660 N. 1st Avenue).
Ready for Treasures for TIHAN
Join us on Saturday,
June 3, for a night under the stars at this year’s event! A
fun evening of cocktails, live music and entertainment,
fantastic food, and wonderful auction items, all for a great
Donate an auction item – click here!
Would you or your
business/organization like to contribute an item or a gift
certificate to support the cause, and receive exposure in
our community of hundreds of compassionate people who share
your values? Gift certificates, event tickets, ceramics,
jewelry, services, trips, antiques —
we like to have a wide variety of items to auction off!
Contact us — we can pick up your donation.
Become a Treasures event sponsor – click here!
begin at $500, and each level offers you a host of benefits,
including free tickets, publicity, and great karma!
Sign up to volunteer at the event – click here!
We have volunteer
opportunities on the day before, the day of, the day after
— and even in these weeks and
months ahead of the event.
Order your event tickets online by using our secure ticket
purchase link – click here!
Event tickets are $65
in advance — get yours now!
into action by Becoming a TIHAN Volunteer!
Here’s a great way to
celebrate spring: sign up for our next
Volunteer Orientation, which takes place on Tuesday,
March 21 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm! We’re recruiting volunteers
for administrative, fundraising, and Care & Support roles.
Some of the many
volunteer opportunities we have currently:
“Treasures for TIHAN” Auction Planning Team Members
“Treasures for TIHAN” Auction Item Solicitors
Database Entry Team Members
Support roles for Care & Support
Link Specialists, especially Spanish-speaking
You can also find the
complete list of our current volunteer openings by clicking
on “Volunteer” at the top of the page, then on “Volunteer
Opportunities.” One of them might be just right for you! Or
contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 299-6647 ext 206, or
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