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Getting to Zero: Mental Health for Black MSM
July 7 @ 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
Minister Patton is the founder and executive director of Open Arms 101, a nonprofit organization that serves the elderly population of South Suburban Cook County and the Metropolitan Chicago area. His mission is to reduce poverty and promote the well-being, healthy aging, and independence of older adults, including those living with HIV.
Minister Patton is a recent graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Psychology and also serves on the Seniors Committee of the Southland Human Services Leadership Council, the Faith Church Advisory Board of Faith United Methodist Church, and as Board Vice-President of Kabod House International.
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.