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The Mabin Doctrine

"It's not about what you say, but what you do that counts!"

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Cornelius Mabin is a native Arkansan who attended Arkansas State University and Philander Smith College majoring in Broadcasting and Political Science.

In 1983, Mabin served as the first African-American president of one of Arkansas' first LGBT advocacy group, Arkansas Gay Rights. During his tenure, he openly testified before the Arkansas State Legislature concerning a U of A Fayetteville group’s access to campus facilities and encouraged diversity programming on all state college campuses.

Subsequently, AGR bestowed its 1983 Outstanding Performance Award for his diligent pursuit of human rights for Arkansas' gay community. His human rights activism has also included serving as a past Arkansas Gay Pride Chairperson, lobbying Arkansas Capitol Hill Congressional delegations on state AIDS resources.

He has served as a national board member of the multi-cultural group, Black and White Men Together, Inc., which recognized him with a 1985 Personal Achievement Award for chapter development in Little Rock, and in both 2010 and 2011 he was cited with awards on his continuing work and dedication in addressing homophobia, interracial unity, and his participation in the Healing Racism Institute.

Mr. Mabin is a former Arkansas AIDS Foundation board member, Royalty Court Member of the Arkansas Diamond State Rodeo Association, fundraiser for Toys for Kids and other local charity endeavors.

A prolific writer, essayist, and commentator, Mr. Mabin have contributed numerous works to a host of statewide publications, including creating and serving as Executive Producer of CorneliusOnpoint, which ran for 10 years.

Culminating in this body of work, Mr. Mabin has served for 5 years as the Co-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Prevention Group.

Arkansas RAPPS: Telling Our Story

Arkansas RAPPS is a community-based program of The Strilite Foundation, a 501 c 3 charity* and serves as a 

HIV Prevention Grantee, Hepatitis C, and Community Connector contractor to offer linkage to care, health navigation and educational programming. The acronym outlines how we approach our work. It is our goal to "Reach, Affirm, Positive, Progressive, Systems," and determine the impact of both structural and environmental inequality on those at high risk for HIV infection.  Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of our community, which includes those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and all people who live and work in our neighborhoods. Furthermore, we recognize that according to the Center for Disease Control, over 50% of those living with HIV are now 55 years or older and we must be prepared to address long-term survivors issues. Arkansas RAPPS provides high quality, comprehensive HIV/STD prevention, and service programs in a culturally responsive environment and seeks to improve the overall health of communities across Arkansas, through education and training, outreach and advocacy, prevention and research. We have accomplished fostering partnerships ranging from community-based entities such as Arkansas HIV Planning Group to federally qualified health care center provider, Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems.

(*pending)

The Journey from There to Now...!

Since 2014 we have served over 300 individuals across our service platforms including linking 20% of our clients either to new or retention in care, access to insurance and into effective drug regimens to achieve viral suppression which is our ultimate goal for all who are newly infected.

Through our programming, we have increased access to the most updated and accurate information on our web and social media platforms. Spearheaded the largest two day HIV testing event in June 2017 with over 150 test completed while designing and launching the Prep 2 Live awareness campaign. Partnered across our community to further raising sexual health awareness via over 30 health fairs, expos, conferences, media, and seminars. Provided a safe space for 80, 18-24 same gender loving participants through our popular "Welcome to the Living Room Series" in 2016.

Our corporate culture is steeped in four Change the Story Pillars of:

Unity

Strength

Hope

Together we are linked in life and death.

Our Philosophy

• We believe in a holistic approach to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support.

• We recognize HIV/AIDS as a manageable, chronic disease.

• We acknowledge the presence and impact of racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination on the lives of those we serve affected by HIV/AIDS.

• Our organization is preparing to both generate and access innovative approaches aimed at increasing technical assistance and other Capacity Building Actives (CBA) to community members, partners, consumers and stakeholders throughout our service area.

Arkansas RAPPS believes that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only by closing any gaps between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, and support services that allow individuals to remain in a care continuum. Closing this important social justice gap means empowering and enabling Arkansans to access preventive services they need.

Current and Past Partnerships:

Arkansas Department of Health

Future Builders, Inc.

AIDS Health Foundation

Arkansas HIV Planning Group

Philander Smith College

Arkansas State University

UAMS College of Public Health

HIV Law & Policy Center

Better Community Developers

Human Rights Campaign

Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems

Arkansas Transgender Coalition, Incorporated

LinQ for Life, Inc.

Health Care Pharmacy

Part of the Solution, Incorporated

Nu Delta, Incorporated

The LGBT Outlaws of the Bowen School of Law

The Roots Connection, Incorporated

The Arkansas RAPPS Data to Care Portal

Arkansas RAPPS firmly believes that access to credible data is critical in our focus on adhering to the National HIV AIDS Strategy indicators and Arkansas's Integrated Planning Guidelines. Furthermore we believe that the ‘treatment as

prevention’ model which focuses on ensuring that all people

living with HIV are diagnosed, linked to consistent, optimal HIV

medical care, receive antiretroviral treatment, and have a

suppressed viral load,” are critical pathways to getting to zero new infections. 

Click on the button below to access the Arkansas Department of Health online HIV/STI/Hepatitis C resources. Get a CDC State Profile with this link and more information below.

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