SAMPLE LETTER TO ELECTED OFFICIALS
RE: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011
Dear [Elected Official],
Hispanic/Latinos are highly vulnerable when it comes to HIV/AIDS prevention and care; resulting in a continuous state of emergency. The persistence and growth of the Latino/Hispanic HIV/AIDS epidemic is nothing short of a public health crisis that demands immediate and ongoing action and mobilization. In 2008, Hispanics/Latinos comprised 16% of the U.S. population; however, they accounted for 18% of new HIV diagnoses and 18% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Limited access to prevention and care, cultural barriers, language barriers, and immigration status contribute to this disparity.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 marks the ninth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This nationwide effort, held each year in commemoration of the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, is a call to action for Hispanics/Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV/AIDS. NLAAD was established in 2003 in response to the severe impact of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic/Latino community. As a community mobilizing campaign which fosters a diverse network, implemented at the local, regional and national level, aimed at educating and mobilizing Latino/Hispanic communities to increase their knowledge on the impact of HIV/AIDS and health related safety practices.
In its ninth year of existence, NLAAD has demonstrated to be a successful AIDS Awareness Day and prevention tool for our communities. This year’s theme is: “Latinos Unite! Let’s stay Healthy! Get tested for HIV”. We are requesting the support of local elected officials by participating in an NLAAD event in one of the following ways: issue a press release; sign a proclamation; hold a news conference; attend a local event or participate in the annual congressional briefing on Hispanics/Latinos and HIV/AIDS in Washington DC. You are also welcome to join our National Planning Committee conference calls and may contact us for more information regarding those calls. We thank you for your consideration in this matter in making National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011 a success.
If you have any questions regarding the above request you may contact Melissa Faith Ramirez, NLAAD Director at (212) 584-9315 or email@example.com. Please visit www.nlaad.org for more information, to learn of the activities that are being planned in your jurisdiction.
Thank you for your continued support.