Because HIV/AIDS rates in the District of Columbia are so high, the numbers can take center stage. Voices of Health seeks to amplify local voices to transform the discussion from the statistical to the personal.
Voices of Health is a growing collection of audio portraits which feature stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS, from across all of DC's 8 Wards. Audio portraits will become an educational resource for the city in the form of Listening Stations installed in public spaces across the District (from the waiting rooms of health clinics to the public libraries and maybe even the DMV)
Please donate here (right) to support Voices of Health. Thanks to your generosity already Voices of Health produced a vibrant week-long audio installation at the Carnegie Library during the International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2012 July 21-27th hosted by Washington DC. Voices of Health amplified local voices as over 20,000 scholars, health professionals and leaders set plans in motion to challenge the future of AIDS not only internationally and nationally but locally in the District of Columbia.
Support the project with a tax deductable donation.
Join the community wide effort that has helped to make this project possible. Each donation helps amplify local voices and cut down stigma across the District.
I gotta share my story so somebody else's story won't be at the gravesite.DeAngela, project participant, DC resident
...a powerful tool to connect the diverse citizens of Washington, DC to one another, and inspire dialogue and partnerships across the greater community.Naseema Shafi Chief Operating Officer Whitman-Walker Health
...a real skill at facilitating interviews and encouraging strangers to open up and share personal stories.Sarah Gilbert, Executive Producer BBC Americana
Voices of Health is an audio portraits project which records the 1st-person stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS talking about their experiences first learning of their diagnosis and living forward.
The audio portraits are then made accessible to the public via website, podcast and installed in public locations (such as waiting rooms, pharmacies, libraries, government offices, universities, public health providers and maybe even the DMV) in the form of Listening Stations.
Visitors can explore a gallery of audio stories by simply picking up a set of headphones and navigating through a touch screen kiosk, personal browser or wall-mounted display.
Or, support the project with a tax-deductible donation of your choice.