FCAA Blog

The FCAA blog is accepting up to four monthly blog submissions by FCAA members – or those organizations eligible for FCAA membership: private and public funders, consultants, and affinity group/infrastructure organization members.  From time-to-time we may invite special guest blogs from other stakeholders to highlight key events or emerging issues of importance to HIV/AIDS-related funders.  All published pieces will be shared with FCAA’s community of 1,200+ private and public funders, as well as online via Twitter and Facebook.

Please forward your email of interest, including your name, organization, proposed timeline, and the topic(s) you are interested in writing an article on, to sarah@fcaaids.org.

PUERTO RICO – Recent Visit by President Obama Should Send a Message to Public Health and Philanthropic Leaders. Will Anyone Heed the Call?

07/20/2011

Guest Blog, authored by Kandy Ferree, President & CEO of 360 Strategy Group.

On June 15th, fifty years after the last visit of a sitting president (John F. Kennedy) to the Island, President Barack Obama made a historic but timely visit to Puerto Rico.  If the President of the United States of America believes Puerto Rico deserves his attention and that Puerto Rico has the promise of economic opportunity and health for its citizenry, why has U.S.-based philanthropy, and HIV/AIDS philanthropy been slow to do the same?  President Obama noted in his remarks, “… I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go.”  Will public health and leaders in health philanthropy demonstrate the same commitment?

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