Family Health Project

Award Recipients - 1998

Suki Terada Ports, Founder & Executive Director

Skui Tereda Ports has been a community activist since the 1960s.  In 1989, she founded the Family Health Project (FHP) to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color.  FHP provides information to national policymakers and local public official, conducts workshops for medical personnel, academics and funders, and organizes conferences among service providers to share resources.  FHP also conducts direct outreach to low-income women of color and their families in parenting center, schools and the streets.  Each year, FHP reaches more than 500 individuals and their families with HIV/AIDS prevention information and provides referrals to services to those already infected.

FHP also assists other groups dealing with the HVI/AIDS epidemic.  Mrs. Tereda Ports has helped create organizations that serve communities with distinct needs such as the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), the Minority Task force on AIDS and Iris House, the first comprehensive center for women with HIV/AIDS in New York City.  She is a founder of VOW (Voice of Women of Color Against HIV/AIDS) and a member of the planning committee for the first conference held in New York City discussing issues affecting women of color.

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