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Clinic passes city inspection
AIDS Arms begins staffing new
clinic and plans September opening
[ JAVID TAFFFT I Staff Writer
City inspectors gave the new AIDS Arms clinic
in Oak Cliff its certificate of occupancy on Friday
Aug. 5, according to Executive Director Raeline
Nobles. The first patients will be seen on Sept. 19.
The clinic staff will begin training on the med-
ical records computer system next Week.
Nobles said that the only construction that
needs to be completed is in the pharmacy area,
but that will be open by Sept. 19 as well.
Work crews are feverishly finishing installation
of fixtures throughout the renovated facility she
The clinic on Sunset Street in Oak Cliff is
15,000 square feet, three times the size of the
Peabody Clinic in South Dallas.
Nobles said that the clinic is for anyone with
HIV, whether they have insurance or not.
The pharmacy, with a separate entrance to the
street from the clinic entrance, will be open to
fill all prescriptions, not just those for AIDS
In addition to medical services, other AIDS
service organizations will have space at the clinic
to provide services to clients in one location.
While most of the money needed to complete
the clinic has been raised, Nobles said that a
small amount is still needed to pay off construc-
tion costs so fundraising for the project contin-
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY | AIDS Arms Executive Director Raeline Nobles, left, and IT Manager
Cory Claflin look at the blueprints as they inspect the finish-out work at the new Oak Cliff clinic on Sunset
Street. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)
South Dallas AIDS Walk holds kick-off party at Anatole
AIN and DFW Pride Movement will also benefit from the Anthony
Chisom Foundation's 2nd annual event, scheduled for March 2010.
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
The Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation named AIDS Interfaith Network and the DFW Pride
Movement as additional beneficiaries for the 2012 South Dallas AIDS Walk set for next spring.
The second annual walk kicks off with a launch party at Nana at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday,
Aug. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Teams can register then. Anyone interested may attend. A $20
donation is requested.
About 350 people turned out for the first walk earlier this year, which raised $11,000.
Chisom Foundation Executive Director Auntjuan Wiley said his goal for the second walk is
$100,000. To achieve that goal, said he started planning for the event much earlier this time.
"We're reaching out to more sponsors and vendors," he said. "And we will increase the number
Baylor's Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, Walgreens and K104-FM and KRNB 105.7 are
already signed as Walk sponsors and Wiley said he is looking for more.
He said that he wants to bring in more college and high school students, and he plans to have
an ambassador on each college campus to organize teams of fundraisers and walkers.
He also wants to get many more high school students involved.
The Chisom Foundation helps people with HIV maintain their COBRA insurance, pay for med-
ications and obtain DART passes.
DFW Pride Movement provides social support within the black LGBT community and holds its
main event this year Sept. 29 — Oct. 2. The organization also provides the educational programs
during the week of Dallas Black Pride, as well as HIV prevention programs throughout the year.
AIN's programs include the Daire Center adult day care, a meals program, pastoral services,
client advocacy and transportation services.
"The majority of our clients are from South Dallas," said Travis Gasper, development director of
AIN. "South Dallas is one of the hardest-hit areas of the country for new HIV infections so it was a
natural fit for us."
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found that the HIV epidemic is dispropor-
tionately affecting young black gay men. New infections are occurring among African-Americans
at eight times the rate among whites. Black males now make up 30 percent of estimated cases.
The 2012 South Dallas AIDS Walk will be held on March 24. ■
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