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Getting to Zero: Engaging Faith-Based Institutions
May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Proactive Community Services invites you to join us for a series of conversations about engaging communities vulnerable to HIV, STIs, and other communicable diseases. During the months of May and June, the agency will host a series of conversations focused on Black and Brown communities Getting to Zero for HIV, STIs, and other diseases that are negatively affecting the south suburban and other Illinois communities. The series will launch on May 5, 2022, at 6 pm CST with a discussion about inclusion, diversity, and equity.
PCS invites faith leaders, community advocates, and other individuals interested in reducing the rate of HIV, STI, and other communicable diseases in Black and Brown communities, to join the conversation facilitated by Alfred Forbes, MBA, and Minister Oliver Patton, MSP. The format will allow listeners to ask questions or provide their insights as to how the community can positively change the current health crisis in the south suburbs.
Together we will make a difference!
Alfred Forbes, MBA
Founder & CEO
Alfred Forbes graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he earned his BA in Philosophy and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Forbes has worked in the health field since 1990 as an HIV Buddy, member of the NH Community Planning Group, HIV health educator, and case manager. In 2000, he joined the Northeast Capacity Building Assistance Program, which provided technical assistance addressing the HIV needs of agencies serving African American/Black men who have sex with men in the Northeast. In 2003, Al started Forbes Consulting and has worked nationally and internationally to support departments of health, organizations, and academic institutions to engage the community and strategize to address HIV and other blood-borne epidemics.
He has provided organizational development and capacity-building assistance to departments of health, community and faith-based organizations, and social justice organizations in over 25 states. He has worked with organizations in Brazil and is currently working on international HIV studies, as Chair of Project WISH Community Advisory Board, the Clinical Studies Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Minister Oliver W. Patton, Jr., MSP
Love Abide M.B. Church in the Roseland Community of Chicago, IL
Pastor Charles Straight
Faith United Methodist Church, Dolton IL
Pastor Straight is a Board Member and President, of The People’s Lobby Education Institute, a movement of clergy and people of faith who work together to transform our economy and society so that justice might reign, and not the dominant values of greed and individualism.
Rev. Straight is a former Board Member at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; the Black Church & HIV Advisory Committee for the NAACP and the Spiritual Care Committee for the Alexian Brother’s Bonaventure House transitional living facility for person with HIV. Since 1987 Rev. Straight has been a person living with HIV.
In 1985, Rev. Straight organized and chaired the city’s first African-American church-based AIDS ministries, serving over 20 HIV-impacted persons at the Fellowship M. B. Church and other churches.
Rev. Dr. Rodney C. Walker
Senior Pastor & Executive Director
St. Matthew United Methodist Church & Open Door Health Center of Illinois
Minister Lionel Muhammad
Community Outreach Specialist
Transforming Reentry Service
Notice of Intent (NOI) Central Regional Prison Reform Minister, Motivational Speaker, Transforming Reentry Service (TRS) Community Outreach Specialist, Co-Founder of the Julius Lee Birdine Foundation, Co-founder of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad outreach Prison Ministry, Co-founder of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly incarcerated (NAEFI), Studied at Community Renewal Society, Studied at Roosevelt University, studied at Credential of Ministry Universal Life Church, received a leadership award from congress in 2006 for outstanding leadership. 10 different community service awards.