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Tracy Elliott resigns as ED of AID Atlanta after five years at helm

Tracy Elliott

The board of directors of AID Atlanta announced today the resignation of Tracy Elliott as its executive director. Elliott's last day will be June 29.

Elliott served as executive director for five years and said in an email he is "pursuing other opportunities."

A board will search for a new ED and during that time the organization will be co-led by Jon Santos, director of development; Nicole Roebuck, director or client services; and Neena Smith-Bankhead, director of education and volunteer services.

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board seeks new members

Three seats are open on the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board after two-year terms expired.

The board, founded in 2010 by Mayor Kasim Reed during the fallout of the unconstitutional Atlanta Eagle raid, allows two-year terms for members.

Those not seeking to renew their terms are Terence McPhaul, executive director of YouthPride; Betty Couvertier, radio host for Alternative Perspectives; and Ebonee Bradford Barnes, who has been absent for four meetings.

Those who wish to remain on the board are current chairperson Glen Paul Freedman; Josh Noblitt of St. Mark United Methodist Church; AID Atlanta Executive Director Tracy Elliott; Melissa Carter; and Philip Rafshoon.

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Registration now open for 2012 AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run

The 22nd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast, last year raising more than $1 million from over 12,000 participants and surpassing 2010's fundraising by $82,000.

This year's event takes place Oct. 21 at Piedmont Park, but registration is now open for walkers and runners. To register, visit www.aidswalkatlanta.com or call 404-876-WALK (9255). The fee for walkers is $10; the fee for runners is $30 through Oct. 20 and $40 on race day.

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Georgia’s HIV Unit faces severe problems distributing medicine funding

AID Atlanta is chiming in on the problems within Georgia's HIV Unit, including major red tape when it comes to distributing funding to HIV-positive patients who need help to pay for their medications.

In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story published Sunday and headlined "HIV aid pipeline clogged by state," reporter Chris Joyner talks to one patient, Alpha Goodshepherd, who was recently cut off his HIV meds after his insurance was canceled.

"Goodshepherd applied to the Georgia Department of Public Health on May 16 to have his $510 monthly insurance premium paid through a program called the Health Insurance Continuation Program. Although his request was approved, the state didn’t mail the check by the payment due date, and Goodshepherd’s coverage was dropped," the report states.

HICP currently serves 364 people from across the state with its annual budget of $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to the AJC.