Updated: World AIDS Day is Saturday. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will attend a walk and tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday in downtown Miami. Here's the original news release:
City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and representatives from Clear Health Alliance to honor individuals for their significant contributions in the field of HIV and AIDS.
(Miami, FL) —The City of Miami in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and Clear Health Alliance, a Medicaid health plan for people living with HIV/AIDS, will hold a World AIDS Day Walk and Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony to recognize and remember those affected by HIV/AIDS. This symbolic event will take place on the eve of World AIDS Day, Friday, November 30, 2012. The event is free and open to the public.
The World AIDS Day Walk will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Downtown Macy’s, located on 22 East Flagler Street. Participants from the community and various organizations are invited to join City officials to march down Flagler Street to the JFK Friendship Torch, located in front of the Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Boulevard for the Tree of Life Ceremony.
The Tree of Life Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. and include holiday music, guest speakers, a lighting ceremony and a candlelight vigil in memory of loved ones that have passed away due to the AIDS or HIV Virus. In addition, as part of the observance, City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Clear Health Alliance Medical Director Dr. Brian Palmer, will honor former community hero’s Petra Johnson, HIV Advocate and Founder of “Empower U” and Alphonse Moise HIV Activist and Case Manager for their significant contributions in the field of HIV and AIDS.
The World AIDS Day Tree Lighting Ceremony is brought to you by Clear Health Alliance, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, the City of Miami, the Downtown Development Authority, Youth Community Health Services and Macys.
For more information, contact the Office of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones at (305) 250-5390.
What: World AIDS Day Walk and Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony
Who: Clear Health Alliance Medical Director, Dr. Brian Palmer, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, the City of Miami, the Downtown Development Authority, Youth Community Health Services, Macys and various organizations.
When: Friday, November 30, 2012
5:00 p.m. World AIDS Day March
6:00 p.m. World AIDS Day Tree Lighting Ceremony
Where: The event will begin at 5:00p.m. at Downtown Macy’s at 22 East Flagler Street where participants from the community and various organizations are invited to march down Flagler Street to the Torch of Friendship, located in front of the Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Boulevard for the Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony which will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Facts about HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County*
· #1 county in Florida and #3 in the U.S. for new cases of AIDS.
· #1 county in Florida for HIV cases
· #1 county in Florida for Pediatric AIDS cases
· 1 in 99 Miami-Dade residents is living with HIV or AIDS
· Males: 1 in 71 White; 1 in 31 Black; 1 in 93 Hispanic living with HIV or AIDS
· Females: 1 in 535 White; 1 in 42 Black; 1 in 519 Hispanic living with HIV or AIDS
*2011 Miami-Dade County Health Department
About Clear Health Alliance
Clear Health Alliance is an HIV/AIDS Medicaid Health Plan offered by Simply Healthcare. Currently available in Florida, the plan includes a wide array of benefits and services and care coordination for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Members receive coordinated care from a team of HIV/AIDS professionals and expanded plan benefits and services. In addition to regular Medicaid benefits like prescription drugs and doctor visits, members receive non-emergency transportation, adult dental care; over-the-counter medications and supplies, eyeglasses and vision care, home delivered meals and nutritional counseling. Access to community resources such as support groups and social services is available. Family members enrolled in the Medicaid program are also eligible to participate in the plan’s extensive network of physicians providing quality medical care, even if they do not have HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit www.clearhealthalliance.com.