The Commission's
Best Pictures of 2018

As another year comes to a close, let's take a look back at some photos of 2018 that illustrates some of the Latino Commission on AIDS work.

1. Health fair in celebration of NLAAD (National Latino AIDS Awareness Day) at the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2. National meeting hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association to address the HIV crisis affecting Hispanics. From left to right (front): Robert Contreras, Vice President Bienestar Inc., Bamby Salcedo, President and Founder TransLatina Coalition, Guillermo Chacon, President, Latino Commission on AIDS, Dr. Elena Rios, President, National Hispanic Medical Association, (rear) David Purcell, JD, PhD, Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science; Dr. Eugene McCray; Director of Prevention; Dr. Irene Hall, PhD, MPH; Norma Harris, PhD, MSPH, Senior Advisor for Strategic Indicators.

3. Launching of "¡Listos!", a sex-positive social marketing campaign that encourages Latinos to consider using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). From left to right: Dr. Oni Blackstock, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of HIV, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Jésica Mendoza, PrEP User; Yasbert Soberal, PrEP User; Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network; Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

4. The Hispanic Health Network, the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Hispanic Federation and community partners, came together on National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day to promote Hepatitis screening, improve linkage and retention in care.

5. NYC councilwoman Carlina Rivera discussing issues affecting NYC at the Sixth Annual Latino Health Educational Day.

6. Roundtable with leaders from Trans Organizations at Reunion Latina Training Institute.

7. Legislative Day visits to New York State elected officials: From left to right: Wilfredo Morel (River Hudson Healthcare), Axel Monroig (Latino Commission on AIDS), Skakti Castro (BOOM!Health), Ariel Diaz (Voces Latinas), Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa (Assembly District 72) and Ydanis Rodriguez (NYC Councilmember, District 10), Guillermo Chacon (Latino Commission on AIDS), Omar Zapata (Voces Latinas), Luis Scaccabarrozzi (Latino Commission on AIDS), Bethsy Morales (Hispanic Federation), and Ruben Rodriguez (ABC, Rochester).

8. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS; and Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Speaker of the NYC Council on a panel on Puerto Rico recovery efforts.

9. Gabriela Betancourt, Deputy Director of Capacity Building & Evaluation at the Commission, discussing women's sexual health at Voces Latinas Women's Luncheon.

10. National HIV Trans Awareness Day in Durham, North Carolina. From left to right: Jose Romero, Asa Coaxum, Joaquin Carcano (Latino Commission on AIDS), Cristina Morales, Lee Storrow, Ames Simmons, Judith Montenegro (Latino Commission on AIDS) and Eliazar Posada.

11. Yai Vargas, a longtime benefit committee member of the Commission, coordinating a fundraising event with clients of Oasis.

12. Staff of Oasis Latino LGBT Center, the client service unit of the Commission, during a break.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year