Being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, can be overwhelming. Testimonies of individuals devastated because of a diagnosis are heartbreaking. Stories of persons subjected to a lifetime of sexual abuse who never genuinely loved or lived, are far too common. Too many people living with HIV feel they are treated as less than others. Often people avoid HIV prevention and testing because they feel stigmatized for their sexual choices.
Engaging Arkansas Communities believes everyone deserves to feel valued while leading healthy, successful lives. You often hear about the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual health, but feeling confident about your sexuality is also important. Care and treatment for sexual health must be more than paperwork, forms, screenings, and brochures. These are never enough.
Engaging Arkansas Communities is a convergence of likeminded, passionate individuals purposefully engaging and empowering Arkansans to achieve the self-value they desire in life. Our staff offers the authentic provision of reassurance, acceptance, understanding, and encouragement during the stress or emotional discomfort of sexual health care (STI checks), treatment, and prevention.
As a progressive nonprofit organization, we share three common values:
Engaging Arkansas Communities is always EPIC...together we are empowering, preventing, innovating, and connecting to serve marginalized communities in Arkansas:
To end the epidemic of HIV in Arkansas, Engaging Arkansas Communities provides HIV/STI prevention education and testing and provides innovative, educational opportunities in all aspects of the sexual health concerns of marginalized communities.
As a nonprofit 501c3 organization, Engaging Arkansas Communities increases awareness of factors which complicate the lives of those impacted by HIV, provides and links people with HIV to a variety of supportive services, and advocates for innovative strategies and resources for their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being.
Our mission is at the core of every one of our programs. Visit our Programs Page to see how we are empowering and connecting to reach unmet needs in our community.
Engaging Arkansas Communities envisions a state with no new HIV infections, communities who provide prevention resources to its residents, and where those living with HIV do so with equality and the support they need.
Engaging Arkansas Communities values the individual diversity of our staff, board, advisory council members, clients, volunteers, and community partners. Differences in age, race, ethnic heritage, religion, sexual orientation, and life experience all provide unique viewpoints and fresh ideas to help us develop innovative strategies and connect better with Arkansas communities.
We strive to create an organizational culture that values different perspectives. Diversity is the uniqueness each of us brings to fulfilling these values and achieving our mission.
Meet our diverse staff and board on Our Team page. While you are there be sure to read the unique background and experience they each bring to EAC.
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