Community News

National Transgender HIV Testing Day 2017

Partnership to End AIDS Status (PEAS) presents, in honor of National Transgender HIV Testing Day, a Health and Beauty Fair on April 17, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. For more information, call Tamesha at 901-315-3316. 

Defying All Odds

Join Sharmain Mayes Winston at her poster exhibit, along with posters made by other women with HIV, as she shares what living with HIV has been like and how it has impacted her life. “No matter the 1obstacle, anything is possible,” Sharmain says. “Having HIV has been a hurdle but with faith and my family I have been able to overcome whatever has come my way!”

This event takes place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library; Meeting Room C. All are welcome!

Southern Initiative FOA Release – Memphis TGA

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Memphis Ryan White Program are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the Southern Initiative, a three-year initiative aimed at improving HIV outcomes among minority populations in the Southern United States. This project is an exciting opportunity to implement effective, innovative interventions to improve HIV-related health outcomes among minority populations in the Memphis Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A Transitional Grant Area (TGA). The attached announcement solicits applications from organizations that offer HIV prevention and/or care and treatment services in the Memphis TGA.

One organization will be selected to receive service delivery funding and technical assistance to implement evidence-based/informed interventions aimed at improving outcomes across the HIV care continuum and reducing disparities among minority populations, with a focus on men who have sex with men, youth, cisgender and transgender women, and people who inject drugs. Organizations eligible to respond to the FOA include, but are not limited to: federally-qualified health centers, community health centers, or clinics offering a similar array of services, and community-based organizations. Collaborative applications between organizations are also encouraged.

The FOA for applicants located in the Memphis TGA can be found at

2016 Trans Awareness Week

Partnership to Ends AIDS Status and OutMemphis will host the first annual Trans Awareness Week November 14th – 20th. Please, join them in supporting transgender men and women in our community. For more information or further assistance, please contact Kayla or Halenia  at 901-607-2780.

Monday, November 14th – Prayer/Flag Ceremony
Location: OutMemphis, 892 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Tuesday, November 15th – Day of Services
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: First Congo, 1000 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Wednesday, November 16th – Documentary Screening
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Cossitt Library, 33 S Front, Memphis, TN 38103

Thursday, November 17th – Day of Reflection/Ice Cream Social
Time: To be announced
Location: OutMemphis, 892 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Friday, November 18th – Community Fair
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Cossitt Library, 33 S Front, Memphis, TN 38103

Saturday, November 19th – Playback Memphis Theater
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: First Congo, 1000 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 – Candle Light Vigil
Location: OutMemphis, 892 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 – Trans Best of Memphis Release Party
Location: First Congo, 1000 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

Staff Presents at National Ryan White Conference

Three Memphis Ryan White staff members were invited to make presentarw-conference-logotions at the 2016 Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment. This is the premier conference for comprehensive HIV care and treatment, sponsored and funded by Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). The 2016 conference theme, Forward Momentum: Accelerating Access. Optimizing Care. Transforming Public Health., recognizes the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s unwavering commitment to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. The conference took place on August 23 -26, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Pepper, Administrator, participated in a panel discussion during the Leveraging Federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Housing Funds and Services session. Jennifer discussed the Memphis TGA’s 2011 housing needs assessment process, and the TGA’s successes and failures in planning and providing housing services. Jennifer also presented during the session Building, Improving, and Innovating to Overcome Obstacles in the Southern United States. This session highlighted the unique collaborations between the Memphis TGA and the Departments of Health in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Charles Kolesar, Quality Management Coordinator, presented in the session Quality Matters: Comprehensive Systematic Approaches to Quality Management. Charles discussed on with improved data collections and analysis, comprehensive education, and extensive motivational techniques, the Memphis TGA has created a sustainable and innovative quality management program.

Parrish Oglesby, Planning Group Manager, presented in the session Planning Council Strategies for Integration of HIV Prevention and Care. During this session, Parrish was able to present on how the Memphis TGA used its planning bodies (prevention and care) to provide the structure and creation of one combined council that focuses of HIV prevention and care and the subsequent outcomes of that combined council.

All conference presentation are available from on the TARGET Center website here.

For more information on the Ryan White conference visit