Spokane AIDS Network
new movement–new growth
LeADing As we mArch on… we’re stiLL here!
stigmA by Susan Fabrikant, Executive Director by Paul Tiesse, Board President
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2007, has Well, SAN survived 2007!
come and gone, but we will always remember Having said that, I’m sure some
Contributors and never people will interpret that to mean
forget the SURVIVED?… Are there prob-
Susan Fabrikant toll of HIV/ lems? What’s going on? Are you
Paul Tiesse AIDS on so closing your doors? Who’s leav-
many. In the ing now and why? It is interesting
Anne Kalunian Spokane to consider how different people
Nick Klein community, read different things into certain
Malin Orcutt Spokane words.
AIDS Net- Being the small big city that
Monica Lahr work (SAN) it is, Spokane has always been
Karen Washington staff, Cherie prone to rumor and gossip. An
Brandi Mahoney u Moss and innocent remark can make the
s Mark Gar- social circles and end up mean-
Mark Garrett a ret, lead by ing something totally different
C. Lawrence n example. than was originally said by the
As co-chairs time the words reach the ears of
of the World AIDS Day planning committee, they the last person to hear them.
assembled a dynamic program.
SAN is no different from most
In This Issue “Accountability means the number of HIV nonprofit corporations in that it
infections globally will lessen each year; instead must find or replenish financial
4 2006-07 Expenses they are increasing,” master of ceremonies Dr. stores annually. Funding is prob-
Kim Thorburn told a full audience. She said we lematic when it comes to HIV/
4 Prevention Strategies
need to hold our leaders to their word because AIDS programs because funding
4-5 Financial Report what is happening now is NOT OKAY. has changed as the progression
5 Looking Forward Starting with an inspiring invocation by the of the disease has changed.
Rev. Dr. Richard Erhardt of the Unitarian Univer- Many longtime grantors have run
6 Fond Memories salist Church of Spokane, the theme, Keep the out of funds, restricted funding to
Promise: Take the Lead, was woven throughout services in specific geographical
6 New Case Manager
the evening’s presentations. SAN educator areas, or totally revised funding
6 I am Michelle and advocate Mark Garrett and Jim Breedlove, criteria.
executive director of the Spokane HIV/AIDS Ryan White funding changes
7 Promises Make a Speakers’ Bureau, spoke eloquently of their will affect SAN’s food program.
Difference leading productive lives with AIDS for more than The structure of the funding will
BC Winter/Spring Continued on page 2 Continued on page 2
Twenty-two years of serving the Inland Northwest by reducing the impact of HIV and AIDS
LeADiNG–cont’d from page 1 SurvivAL–cont’d from page 1 Working at SAN is exhausting
emotionally and can take a toll on
15 years. Several other community leave SAN with less money for cer-
one’s health. Our turnover rate tends
leaders, among them Mayor Mary tain programs. Some corporations
to be high. SAN was blessed to
Verner, Marj Johnston, assistant pas- and foundations that have consis-
have Monica Lahr for six years. We
tor at Westminster Congregational tently granted SAN funds over the
are sorry to see her go but wish her
United Church of Christ, and Eastern years have ended their programs or
good luck in her new venture. We
Washington University’s Dr. James changed direction of their vision. So
know she remains a big supporter
Ocha-Echel discussed how HIV/ our programs have to change. Cuts
AIDS has affected them personally. have to be made.
Other powerful and moving highlights Please remember that SAN is a
To limit such losses, we have es-
included live performances by North community-based organization. Our
calated our fundraising efforts. We
Central High School students, the employee salaries are very com-
are searching for new granting and
EWU Black Student Union, and Mark petitive but we cannot compete with
financial resources. SAN has been
Morris’ art photography of people liv- government or private entities. We
successful in procuring new funding
ing with HIV/ AIDS were so moving expect talented individuals to use
for certain programs; we will try to
and powerful. SAN as a stepping-stone, a place to
pick up the slack through additional
gain experience before they move on
Another notable aspect of the fundraising.
to other professional challenges.
program was an exhibit of watercolor Believe it or not, the hardest
drawings created by HIV positive In the end, I can proclaim 2007 a
programs to fund are prevention
children from Rehoboth’s Children good year for SAN. We are searching
and food. The Ryan White changes
Village in South Africa (complete with and expanding our grant, foundation
impact our food program the great-
a picture of each child). Rheanne and donor base. We are offering
est. Cherie Moss, SAN’s wonderful
Garrett, a registered nurse, led this our clients, many of whom live at or
food program coordinator, has put
art project when she traveled there below the federal poverty line, basic
together a new program that will en-
for 2 1/2 weeks in October as part services that will cloth, feed and give
sure that our neediest clients receive
of her church mission. The $1,555 them shelter. SAN provides adher-
the help they require.
raised will be sent directly to the ence and nutrition programs and has
The scarcity of funding for preven- the best resource referral program in
village for the children. The entire
tion of this disease always amazes the Inland Northwest. We have the
program was indeed inspiring and
me. Our government will spend finest staff not only working in the
showed true community cohesion.
millions to provide care to people HIV/AIDS world but in the nonprofit
Shortly after the World AIDS Day infected with HIV/AIDS but it will not world. Our employees work hard for
event, I had a conversation with a supply the money to prevent it, which the community, and we in the com-
friend who told me that my job had we all know is the more prudent – and munity appreciate them.
a lot to do with loss. I contemplated less expensive – course.
this for awhile and then responded, The local community needs to
In light of a documented increase TAKE THE LEAD in the fight against
“It’s as much about living.”
in infections among 18 to 29-year-old HIV/AIDS. We need to get involved
SAN’s mission is to nurture and gay and bi males, SAN currently has at the local and state levels to make
help guide our clients and their dedicated money for programs that sure that we secure adequate funds
families as they learn what living are age- specific. If you old-timers to sustain our programs. We at SAN
with HIV/AIDS entails. We do this like me want a program, then you hope to see you at the various events
by ensuring that our infected clients need to step up and help us find the planned for 2008. We invite you to
and their affected families have the funds. The prevention needs of 18 to share your concerns, advice, praise
essential medical care, support, and 29-year-olds are completely different and support. Words cannot express
services they need to live their lives from those of us in the 30 years+ our appreciation for your continued
fully. Our taking the lead means category. support of SAN.
showing we care and expresses our
We must go further than this by all different systems, no matter how On behalf of the SAN Team and
making our own individual and collec- small the issue may seem to them. Board of Directors, I thank you for
tive pledges and holding ourselves And I will continue to do so until your compassion and loyalty. I invite
accountable. My pledge begins there is widespread and accurate you to join us in 2008 as we march
with educating other professionals, information about the transmission forward collectively. This is the com-
friends, and elected officials from and prevention of HIV/AIDS. munity spirit and energy that fuels
all of us!
OsCar nIghT 2008!
by Ann Kalunian,
Development & Adherence Asst.
The holiday season is over and
here at SAN we are busier than ever
dusting off our tuxes and evening
gowns in preparation for the Oscar
Night Gala on Feb 24th.
As was reported in the Fall Net-
worker, Oscar’s will be held this year
at Northern Quest Casino. On Janu-
ary 8th the Oscar Committee invited
all the table captains to attend an
Oscar preview at Northern Quest.
The Oscar Committee decorated
one table as it will be the night of Os-
car’s, appetizers were sampled and
excitement for the evening filled the
room. Northern Quest and the deco-
rating committee have gone all out to
ensure that guests will receive red
carpet treatment and an atmosphere
will totally surprise and delight.
This year’s auction will be particu-
larly thrilling as it will include several
getaways, autographed basketballs
from both the Gonzaga University
and Washington State University
men’s basketball team and of course
hard to find entertainment memora-
bilia. There will be lots of surprises
from the Hollywood community this
year so you won’t want to miss auc-
tion items the likes of which Spokane
has never seen.
Hopefully by now you have re-
ceived your invitation in the mail.
If you have not or have any ques-
tions please feel free to call SAN at
I would love to be able to say I
hope to see you all at Oscar’s but I
will not be able to attend. I have been
accepted into a master’s in Intensive
Care nursing at Emory University in
Atlanta Georgia. Jan 18th is my last
day at SAN.
As I watch the Oscars on televi-
sion I will be jealous of all the fun you
are having but remembering all the
funds that will be raised for all the
important work that SAN does for the
Inland Northwest. 3
prevention strAtegies – inmX & poL
by Nick Klein, this year we will begin to utilize an of all ages and sexual orientations,
Assistant Coordinator, INMX additional approach in our battle POL seeks to inform through the
against HIV, Popular Opinion Leader recruitment of peer leaders as edu-
(POL). Thanks to a grant from the cators. The goal is to promote the
“Until There’s a Cure Foundation,” sharing of information not only about
POL will be implemented to work in safe-sex behaviors and HIV testing
consort with other prevention strate- but also disclosure of HIV status to
gies such as The Inland Northwest partners and the appropriate and
Men’s Experience (INMX). timely accessing of medical/preven-
Dedicated to serving 18 to tion services. Combating misinfor-
29-year-old gay, bisexual, and ques- mation remains one of the biggest
tioning men, INMX endeavors to challenges for all of us who do HIV
create a strong community based prevention work.
N on friendship, mutual respect, and I look forward to engaging this
i community service. It also promotes additional prevention model in 2008.
c safe sex practices and regular HIV Implementing many unique programs
k testing through the Spokane Re- that serve a common goal is the best
gional Health District. INMX provides strategy we have against HIV. I urge
HIV prevention can be difficult young men with a positive and safe the community of Spokane to partici-
and complex. SAN believes that introduction to the gay community in pate in Popular Opinion Leader and
an issue of such magnitude may Spokane. help make it a successful program.
never be solved with a single form POL has a broader, mainly edu- Without dedicated individuals willing
of intervention, which is why early cationa focus. Aimed at individuals to take the lead, we will never keep
2006-2007 Revenue Sources
by Malin Orcutt, Case Manager
SAN is going to be able to assist Clients enrolled with EIP should
clients with many exciting things in have received a letter discussing this
the coming year. One of the major exciting update. In order to be eligible
updates I would like to mention is that for dental services clients must meet
the Early Intervention Program (EIP) the following criteria: have current
is now going to assist clients with non-temporary EIP eligibility, live
dental services! Going to the dentist outside of King County, and not have
is something very few people enjoy, dental insurance or dental coverage
but good dental health is crucial to through Medicaid. A list of providers
overall health. Clients have consis- M is being developed as not all dentists
tently reported that their dental needs a will accept EIP. The Department of
have gone unmet. This change to l Health’s website will present a list of
EIP could benefit a lot of people and i covered procedures.
make a huge difference in the quality n SAN is dedicated to staying
of their health, so get ready to show abreast of services available to cli-
those pearly whites! dental services in 2002 because of ents. Call your case manager if you
As some clients might remem- budget constraints. Beginning Janu- have any questions. We should be
ber, Washington State Department ary 1, HIV Client Services will be able receiving new information on dental
of Health HIV Client Services Early to provide dental services to clients options shortly.
Intervention Program suspended outside King County.
FOnd MeMOrIes wITh I am Michelle
In the September issue of The
by Monica Lahr, Program Supervisor of Services Networker, SAN Program Supervi-
As many of you may already sor of Services Monica Lahr wrote a
know, I have resigned my position at very touching article about a couple
SAN. My departure from SAN is bit- she called Zack and Michelle. Zack’s
tersweet. SAN has been my family for real name is Dan Lopez. At the time
the last six years. In that time, I have Monica submitted the article, Dan
seen staff go from mothers to grand- was still hanging on to life. I know
mothers, families expanded, educa- now that he was holding on for me.
tions received, and people moved on He waited until my mother came to
to bigger and better things. visit us and help me care for him be-
I have enjoyed watching the M fore he moved on, so that I wouldn’t
agency grow and mature. Yes, there o be alone. He never got to see the ar-
have been some financial struggles
n ticle; I received it a few days after he
i passed away. I know that he would
along the way, but I am confident c have been very moved by the love
SAN will continue to hold its own. a and friendship that Monica poured
This agency will continue to give
compassionate and professional ser- into her writing.
vice to the HIV/AIDS community and During Dan’s quick and unex-
those affected by this disease. I am appreciative of all the lessons pected decline, it was extremely hard
Six years ago, I accepted this job I have learned here. So many people for me to cope with the day-to-day
to honor my friend Michael, who died have touched my life and shaped tasks of his care without wondering if
of AIDS alone in a Hospice house who I am. I can’t imagine the kind of I would be able to make it on my own
in the early ’90s. Now I can name person I might be had I not worked without him. His dignity and peace
several more individuals who inspire here. Thank you all for teaching me as he passed has lent me strength
me to continue to do what I can for and allowing me to be a part of your every day since then. As hard as it
those infected and affected in this lives. was to care for his needs, I would
community. have had an even harder time of it if
it wasn’t for the love and support of
Monica, Cherie, the Friends of SAN,
new Case Manager on Board and others in our community. I can’t
imagine how I would have been able
by Brandi Mahoney, Case Manager to cope with everything without them.
I am the newest addition to the I attended the CAREvent in Ta- The outpouring of love and support
case management team here at coma in November. Wow! What an was, and remains, overwhelming. I
SAN. In the past two months I have experience. I was able to learn so am honored to be a part of the SAN
had the opportunity to meet many much that will aide me in assisting family, now and forever.
SAN clients. I have felt very wel- my clients. In addition to learning
In Love and Light,
comed by both clients and staff and about the programs Washington
have had much success in updating State offers, I was able to meet Karen Washington
charts and forming new relation- clients from around the state and
ships. I can honestly say that I have hear their stories. I believe personal
enjoyed my time with SAN thus far. stories help fuel the desire in me and mental health field as a child and
Those of you who have met me may other case managers to continue our family case manager for Spokane
have come to realize that I am a little work. I am already excited for the Mental Health. I then took a nice
more reserved than the other case next CAREvent! break to be with family before joining
managers. My colleagues are doing My background? I graduated from the SAN team. I grew up in a small
a great job of helping me adjust. I Eastern Washington University in town north of Spokane but have
look forward to making new connec- 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social called Spokane my home for the last
tions. Don’t hesitate to give me a call Work, and began my career in the seven years and love it here.
or stop by to say hello.
YOur prOMIses wILL Make a dIFFerenCe!
by Mark Garrett, Client Advocate/Community Educator
In November, more than 25 del- Lead” and develop microbicides that
egates from Spokane, including will prevent new infections and pro-
person’s living with HIV/AIDS and vide an effective tool for women and
providers who care for them, ex- men to protect themselves.
perienced something that has not
I am very proud of Spokane’s his-
happened in our state since 2001.
tory of “Taking the Lead” in the fight
That something was CAREvent, a
to STOP AIDS. We can all continue
statewide conference sponsored
to make a difference by promising
by our State Health Department to
to hold our leaders and ourselves
encourage the sharing of the latest
accountable. Want to know if a can-
information about HIV and the many
didate for public office understands
challenges we all face to STOP
M what it takes to STOP AIDS and
a which candidates are committed to
CAREvent has great personal r “Take the Lead” in that effort? Visit
meaning to me because I attended k www.AIDSVote. org.
the first CAREvent conference at
SeaTac in 1997. Having just moved
energizes seasoned advocates and
to Spokane, I knew very few others
inspires new leaders from our com- “I am very proud of
munities, and this year’s conference Spokane’s history of
“Many promises have was no different.
‘Taking the Lead’ in the
been made in the past Many promises have been made
in the past 10 years since that first fight to STOP AIDS.”
10 years since that first CAREvent, among them the prom-
CAREvent, among them ise to reduce new annual infections
the promise to reduce in the United States from 40,000 to
We can all promise to do our part,
new annual infections in 20,000. Today, however, the CDC
is reviewing new data that indicates and one way to do this is to join the
the United States from Communities in Action Network.
annual infections may actually be
40,000 to 20,000..” closer to 60,000. “Taking the Lead” C.A.N. is a statewide HIV advocacy
was another U.S. promise. Our na- group that will e-mail you an alert
tion would contribute one third of the only when your voice is needed; with
$23 billion required annually to care a couple of mouse clicks on your
living with HIV then. I remember
for and treat the more than seven computer you can send a message
coming away with an incredible
million people worldwide who need directly to your elected representa-
sense of hope because of the new
immediate access to life-saving tives on issues important to people
medications that promised the first
medications. Today these life-saving affected by HIV/AIDS. Go to www.
step toward ending this pandemic. I
medications reach only 1.4 million of cannetwork.net and sign up! Your
returned encouraged and motivated,
those people who need them. promise will make a difference.
certain that I could do more with new
statewide friends who also wanted Treatment alone will not end the
to make a difference. CAREvent re- pandemic. We must also “Take the
Call 455-8993 for tickets or more information 7
Spokane AIDS Network
905 South Monroe
Spokane, WA 99204
Board of directors
paul Tiesse, Pres.
Jim Jones, v. Pres.
diane Crow, Sec.
Michael wernz, Treas.
Lynn B. hurley
dr. kim Thorburn
Online donations now accepted at www.spokaneaidsnetwork.org
san’s wInTer/sprIng CaLendar
Please check the INMX web site for upcoming groups and events at www.theINMX.org
Open Bowling At North Bowl – Sun, 12:30-3 pm, 1/06/08
CHIV Ed/Support Group Meeting – Fri, 4-6 pm CHAS Downtown, 1/11/08
Advocacy/Consumer CARE Planning Group – Tues, 3-4 pm SRHD RM 320, 1/15/08
CARE Consortium Planning Group – Tues, 4-5:30 pm SRHD Rm 310/311, 1/15/08
CARE planning Grp Housing Svcs – Thurs, 10:30 am-noon SRHD Rm. 310/311, 1/17/08
SAN CLOSED for Martin Luther King, Mon. Jan 21, 2008
CHIV program Consumer Advisory 4-6 pm CHAS Downtown Clinic 1/11/08
Board Meeting – Wed, 5:30-7 pm, 1/30/08
CHIV Ed/ Support Meeting CHAS Maple Tues, 4-6 pm 2/12/08
SAN CLOSED Mon, Feb 18, 2008
SAN’s Oscar Gala-Northern Quest Casino Sun, 4 pm 2/24/08
SAN CLOSED 8 am-1 pm OPEN 1-5pm 2/25/08 Board Meeting Wed, 5:30-7 pm 2/27/08
Board Meeting Wed, 5:30-7 pm, 3/26/08
Dine Out For Life, Thurs, 4/24/08 -Check our Web site for participating restaurants!
Board meeting Wed, 5:30-7 pm, 4/30/08