Mazzoni Center’s ground-breaking initiatives and innovative programs often land us in print and on the airwaves.  Additionally, our experience and expertise in thee areas of HIV/AIDS and LGBT health and well being often positions the agency as the authority for news media on various health issues.  Read on for the latest on what's happening at Mazzoni Center, updates on our innovative programs and activities, and more!


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Recent News


This week Mazzoni Center’s Real Impact Project held a special event at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The "Red Matters" event was aimed at raising awareness about HIV and building community among men of color who are gay, bisexual, trans or gender nonconforming.  As part of this special evening, the TRIP team unveiled a new video, produced in collaboration with Kemar Jewel and Marcus Neal Gordon.  


We are excited to announce that, effective February 8, Mazzoni Center’s Washington West Project will be open for HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last client will be seen at 6:30 Sundays).  Director of Prevention Services Eric Paulukonis said, “This is a move we’ve been anticipating for several months, and we are thrilled to be able to make it a reality. We are always looking for ways to expand access to testing and provide more ways for people to know their HIV status.” 


Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that it will honor Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHRC), at the agency’s annual “Justice in Action” event.  Each year this event brings together legal professionals, law students, and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services program.  This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 19 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at Hyatt at the Bellevue (200 S. Broad Street), and will include a sit-down luncheon and presentation of the “Justice in Action” award.


Mazzoni Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Green Tree Community Health Foundation supporting medical care and support services focusing on low-income Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and HIV positive communities in Philadelphia area. Announcement of the grant was made by Susan Hansen, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Foundation, on behalf of the Board of Trustees on January 21, 2015.


January 2015 marks the official start to Mazzoni Center’s 35th anniversary year – and we’re excited to share more about our past, present, and future with you!  Learn more about how we're marking this milestone in the weeks and months ahead.


Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation supporting the provision of medical and support services to underserved and vulnerable individuals in the greater Philadelphia.  


Mazzoni Center has announced the election of Jimmy J. Ruiz, MD of Glenside, Pa., as president of its Board of Directors, and Jason K. Cohen, Esq. of Philadelphia as vice president of the board.  Christopher Pope of Philadelphia was re-elected treasurer of Mazzoni Center’s Board and Michael Weiss of Philadelphia was elected secretary.  


Susan G. Komen Philadelphia® has selected Mazzoni Center as one of twenty-five Delaware Valley organizations being recognized as a Komen Philadelphia Women's Champion.  Mazzoni Center was chosen for its powerful support of the breast cancer movement in ways that traditional donations to the cause can't provide.


Last month our friends at LGBT HealthLink joined with Missouri's PROMO and lawyer Corey Prachniak in releasing the first-ever LGBT Healthcare Bill of Rights (HBOR). The bill, in both long form and wallet sized versions, outlines the protections and rights LGBT people have in healthcare today.


AIDS Walk Philly gives us an opportunity to meet face to face with many of the people who are impacted by our work.  It's always inspiring to hear people’s stories, and learn more about their reasons for doing the walk - and this year’s event provided us with an especially poignant “mission moment.”