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AU Public Health Scholars Walk to End HIV

Public Health Scholars Walk to End HIV

In October 2015, the Public Health Scholars participated in the Walk to End HIV. The 5K walk is an annual fundraiser launched by Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community-based health organization which provides comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. All money raised by the walk goes to support the HIV programs and services of Whitman-Walker Health.

To raise awareness about the threat posed by HIV, Whitman-Walker launched an education campaign called “Superheroes Don’t Fly, They Walk to End HIV.” Participants came to the walk dressed in superhero costumes, showing anyone can be a hero against the virus.

“The Walk to End HIV was special because it was more than a simple fund-raising effort; not only did we contribute to empowering individuals who have HIV, but we actively witnessed them becoming empowered,” said Abhishek Patel, a freshman Public Health Scholar. “It is a real example of many of the strategies we discuss in our public Health health classes: effective, and active public health education, and large, community-based fund-raising.”