PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The HIV/AIDS Peer Educators (HAPE) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host World AIDS DAY, Thursday December 6 with a program at 11:L00 a.m. in the John M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center followed by an AIDS walk on L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive.
The free, public event will feature presentations by Kari Farmer-Coffman, chair of the C2EA (Campaign to end AIDS) Arkansas branch and Louis Henry, member of C2EA Dallas-UT Southwestern.
Kari Farmer-Coffman lives near Fort Smith, AR and is the mother of a beautiful daughter. Kari was diagnosed with HIV on November 4, 2010 and diagnosed with AIDS two days later. She was told to make plans for her daughter and her funeral, but Kari was not ready to quit. Two years later, she is still fighting and making a difference in the community. Now undetectable, she is a full time student, advocate, activist, and most importantly a better mother. She knows that she has a voice for this cause and she uses it to the best of her abilities.
Today she enjoys being a Girl Scout Leader, and is currently working on two grassroot organizations; AR HOPE – a prevention based program in the state of Arkansas where she is the leader of the River Valley branch (for her area in Arkansas); and C2EA (Campaign to end AIDS) Arkansas branch that she helped start. She has also joined the PJP HIV Criminalization state task force to help change the HIV Criminalization laws in her state and has been invited to join the Arkansas HIV Minority Task Force that meets at the capital and works to change policies and make life easier for those living with HIV.
Louis Henry is an alumnus of the UAPB where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a certified professional facilitator/trainer, with certification obtainments in the administration of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment. A Master Reiki Practitioner, Louis is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Management and Administrative Sciences, with a concentration in Healthcare Organization Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a community activist, leading catalyst and public speaker in the areas of substance abuse/addition, public health, relationships, spirituality, community organizing and advocacy. His 20 plus years of valuable expertise and skills in the community are currently reflected in his employment as Program Coordinator of a Capacity Building Assistance Program at one of the leading medical schools in the world. His responsibilities include the coordination of training, technical assistance and technology transfer to build the capacity of a diverse audience of health professionals. Louis has also worked with a public health provider in South Africa to develop and implement HIV/AIDS programs and has received several awards. His dedication to community involvement is exemplified his heartfelt and tremendous work through volunteerism for The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), local non-profits, many community panels, boards and projects. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Arga Nova Dance Company, and he enjoys organizing special events, cooking, and traveling.
The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) is a diverse coalition of people living with HIV & AIDS, their advocates and their loved ones. The mission of the Campaign To End AIDS is to bring issues of those living with HIV/AIDS to the attention of those in power and demand that they exert the political will to help resolve them, and eventually work to stop the epidemic once and for all.