The AIDS Institute is a national bipartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy, research, advocacy, and education. It began as a grass roots community mobilization effort in 1985. Over the years, The AIDS Institute has expanded its vision to become a respected national leader dedicated to supporting and protecting health care access for people living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and patients living with chronic diseases.   We achieve our mission through our National Policy Office in Washington, DC; Program and Administrative offices in Tampa, FL, and Research and State Policy in Tallahassee, FL.  For more information about The AIDS Institute, visit www.theaidsinstitute.org

Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members (Listed Alphabetically)

Board of Directors

Gregg Alton - Atherton, CA

Jonathon David Berliner, Secretary - Honolulu, HI

Helena Kwakwa, M.D. - Philadelphia, PA

Marylin Merida, President - Tampa, FL

Valerie Mincey, Treasurer - Panama City, FL

Peter L. Ralin, At Large Member - Denver, CO

David A. Reznik, D.D.S. , Vice President - Atlanta, GA

William Schuyler - Alexandria, VA

Board Advisors

Ex-Officio Member: Michael Ruppal, Executive Director - Tampa, FL
Deloris Dockrey - New Brunswick, NJ
Dr. David Holtgrave - Baltimore, MD
Jeanne White-Ginder - Leesburg, FL

Staff (Listed Alphabetically)

Nick Armstrong, Policy Associate, 202-835-8373, NArmstrong@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Stephanie Hengst, Senior Policy Associate,  202-835-8373, SHengst@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Frank Hood, Policy Associate - Hepatitis C, 202-835-8373, FHood@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Sean McIntosh, Research Coordinator, 813-258-5929, SMcIntosh@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Kim Molnar, Program Coordinator, 813-734-3174, KMolnar@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Kristofir Napier, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, 813-258-5929, KNapier@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Denise Ruppal, Director of Finance and Administration, 813-258-5929, DRuppal@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Michael Ruppal, Executive Director, 813-258-5929, MRuppal@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Anthony Santa Maria, Communications Associate, 202-835-8373, ASantaMaria@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Michelle Scavnicky, Associate Executive Director, 813-258-5929, MScavnicky@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, 202-835-8373, CSchmid@TheAIDSInstitute.org

Ivy Turnbull, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance, 202-835-8373, ITurnbull@TheAIDSInstitute.org


Staff Photos


Denise Ruppal

Michael Ruppal


Michelle Scavnicky


Carl Schmid


Ivy Turnbull

The AIDS Institute Programs

Public Policy Research
Research and public policy research is the foundation upon which the agency’s advocacy and education efforts are based. Analysis and interpretation of information about the AIDS pandemic, as well as its social consequences, are critical to implementing advocacy and education programs that create social change, positively impacting HIV prevention as well as the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Institute’s Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research and Center for Public Policy Research and Ethics conducts and coordinates a range of studies with this goal in mind.
For more information contact Spencer Lieb at: SLieb@theaidsinstitute.org 

Government Affairs and Advocacy
The AIDS Institute is engaged in leadership roles in educating elected officials and government programs on local, state, regional, federal and global levels. Through the agency’s two offices, the agency advocates for science-based and compassionate policies and increased funding for prevention, care and treatment, biomedical research, housing, social services, Medicaid and Medicare. At the regional level, the agency provides advocacy training and technical assistance to distressed epidemic regions in the United States. Individuals can get involved in advocacy efforts by participating in the agency’s email based Action Alert Broadcast, which provides important alerts, other updates and information by email.
For more information contact Carl Schmid at: CSchmid@theaidsinstitute.org

Global Advocacy
Through the Global Advocacy and Public Policy Program, advocacy is conducted to raise awareness about, remove barriers hindering, and increase capacity for, prevention and treatment in resource challenged nations. While all developing regions
are addressed, an emphasis is placed on the Caribbean, North and Central America as well as Africa.
For more information contact Carl Schmid at: CSchmid@theaidsinstitute.org

Education and Training
Education continues to play a key role in addressing the AIDS pandemic. Through a variety of community education programs, The AIDS Institute (TAI) works with public and nonprofit entities to strengthen their HIV/AIDS and other referral networks. TAI offers ongoing training and technical assistance to ensure maintenance and growth of new and emerging community networks after they are developed. Examples include the WIN Project National Network, Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network. In addition, The AIDS Institute provides capacity building to public and nonprofit organizations to address targeted needs. TAI assists organizations in the development of strategies to address the challenges of securing funding to support (on-going) HIV/AIDS programs leading to improved program and organizational sustainability. TAI provides this through education, technical assistance, training, program planning, evaluation and community planning. The agency conducts needs assessments, consultations, seminars, workshops, focus groups, town hall meetings and briefings on a variety of issues. Recent program development topics have included Medicare Part D, Women’s Issues, Substance Abuse, Youth Services, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Gay Men’s Health, and Faith-Based Programs.
For more information contact Michelle Scavnicky: MScavnicky@theaidsinstitute.org

Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program
The AIDS Institute provides CBA for consumers (organizations who provide HIV prevention services and programs) to improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention services by creating and sustaining an engaged network of CBA consumers that expresses consumer’s needs and concerns to CBA providers and funders, educates consumers about CBA and how to access it, and reduces the stigma related to seeking CBA.
For more information contact Michelle Scavnicky: MScavnicky@theaidsinstitute.org

State Policy Program
The state policy program monitors HIV and related healthcare legislation and administrative initiatives in U.S. states and territories; and advocates for appropriate polices and funding in Jurisdictions in collaboration with local partners. Through this program, the agency provides Advocacy training and tools to local community groups who request it. The initiative seeks to develop into a resource of unique state HIV/AIDS programs for all advocates and policy makers.
For more information contact Michael Ruppal at: MRuppal@theaidsinstitute.org

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, is a national campaign, launched by The AIDS Institute and supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, and www.aids.gov. The national campaign highlights the complex issues related to HIV prevention, care and treatment for aging populations in the United States. In
addition, the day raises much needed awareness among older adults living with HIV/AIDS and those older individuals becoming infected with HIV/AIDS at alarming rates.
For more information contact Michelle Scavnicky: MScavnicky@theaidsinstitute.org

The agency’s communications efforts overlap all of the agencies various programs through public, media and donor relations, ensuring that all the agency’s communities are kept abreast of ongoing agency efforts, the latest news related to HIV/AIDS, as well as agency related events and happenings. www.theaidsinstitute.org, ActionLink News Journal, CBA Link
Newsletter, HealthLink Newsletter, Action Alerts, Media Advisories and Press Releases are all trusted sources of information.
For more information please contact Michael Ruppal at: MRuppal@theaidsinstitute.org

HIV/AIDS Research
The Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research (FCHAR) is the scientific arm of The AIDS Institute. FCHAR currently comprises 116 members who account for more than 400 recent and ongoing HIV-related studies. The researchers represent seven universities, the Florida Department of Health and 11 other research entities across the state, including those from the private sector. FCHAR functions as a coordinating body that facilitates communication, policy development and establishment of best practices among cooperating member organizations. It serves as a vital conduit of information on how best to partner on research studies. The expectation is that inter-organizational collaboration, rather than competition, will help attract greater HIV/AIDS research resources to the state.
For more information please contact Spencer Lieb at: SLieb@theaidsinstitute.org

National HIV Testing Day Congressional Briefing - The Importance of HIV Testing: Policies, Programs, and Strategies

The AIDS Institute, in cooperation with the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, Congressional Briefing:

The Importance of HIV Testing: Policies, Programs, and Strategies

2014 Tampa Bay Red Ribbon Run

This year's Tampa Bay Red Ribbon Run will take place on April 12th. To find out more - including how to register, donate, or volunteer - click here www.tampabayredribbonrun.org, or Check out the Facebook Event Page

The AIDS Institute, Partners Remind RNC/DNC Convention Delegates to “Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS in U.S.”

August 28, 2012 and August 31, 2012

Coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations emphasize urgency of creating an AIDS-Free generation in America.

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