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This profile was last updated on 7/24/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Phone: (214) ***-****  
The Afiya Center
501 Wynnewood Village Suite 213
Dallas , Texas 75224
United States

Company Description: The Afiya Center is a relatively new organization and before it was actually formed we knew that we wanted an organization that would be committed to the lives of...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Head
    The Afiya Center
  • Southwest Regional Co-Chair
    C2EA
  • Executive Director
    The Afiya Center for HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Justice
  • Executive Director and Co-Founder
    The Afiya Center for HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Justice
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director Graduate
    Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University 07

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Secretary
    C2EA
  • Founder
    Sister
  • Member
    various committee

Education

  • Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University
  • Bachelor's Degree , Psychology
    Tynsdale Theology School
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"There are so many racial disparities ...
www.thebody.com, 24 July 2015 [cached]
"There are so many racial disparities and inequities that create a heightened risk for HIV and mortality in black people," added Marsha Jones, the Dallas-based co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, which supports marginalized women living with HIV. "It's a natural and organic progression to have the Black Lives Matter movement connect our work. We are going to say HIV criminalization should not be a crime and will list the reasons. We want them to think about it even if they don't agree with our position."
Farrow, Shabazz-El, Marsha Jones and others are hopeful that the movement will become more intersectional.
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"So many African American women have experienced trauma that was never addressed prior to becoming HIV positive," said Marsha Jones.
Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, ...
www.theafiyacenter.org, 29 May 2015 [cached]
Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. ?She's a member of the following National Initiatives charged with the advancement of women and the elimination of HIV:?
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Marsha can be contacted at marsha@theafiyacenter.org
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Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
She's a member of the following National Initiatives charged with the advancement of women and the elimination of HIV:
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Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
She's a member of the following National Initiatives charged with the advancement of women and the elimination of HIV:
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Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
"We have a whole community of ...
dfw.cbslocal.com, 23 April 2014 [cached]
"We have a whole community of black men out there who are HIV positive, who are heterosexual, and nobody is talking to them," said Marsha Jones, head of the Afiya Center, an HIV prevention center in south Dallas.
Jones went on to say that Dallas has, "an entire community of men, HIV positive men, heterosexual, and they're under the radar.
Campaign to End AIDS
www.c2ea.org, 3 Dec 2013 [cached]
Marsha Jones, Co-Chair of the C2EA Southwest Region, shared that "it went great! The young ladies were very inspired. They spoke with state representatives' aides, and in one meeting with Ted Cruz's staff they refused to be sold on his stance, asking him repeatedly that if the Senator had a better plan for the state, then why is Texas still suffering? What will happen to them next year when they are no longer on their moms' Medicaid program, covered as dependents under parents' insurance options? Making Capital Hill visits to speak with Texas lawmakers was especially important to these women who are particularly concerned about the impact of punitive laws (or missed opportunities, like Medicaid expansion) that reduce women's access to reproductive health services.
It was a successful visit and Marsha left impressed with this passionate group of young advocates who are already ready to come back until they know they've been heard.
Campaign to End AIDS
www.c2ea.org [cached]
National Secretary Marsha Jones and C2EA say the time for Ryan White reform is now-not three years down the road.
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"Ryan White has always been an imperfect approach to fighting AIDS in the U.S. and now we know that health care reform is coming," said C2EA National Secretary Marsha Jones.
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When Marsha Jones' eldest daughter was diagnosed with HIV 11 years ago, Jones didn't know where to turn for support. "We were trying to access services for teenage girls but none were available. We didn't have any resources we could put our hands on," Jones said. They didn't find any services until Jones' daughter landed in the hospital with cytomegalovirus (CMV) and PCP. The hospital helped them find the AIDS services they needed; since then Jones has guided her daughter's care. "Everything she learned she learned from me, and everything I learned I taught myself," said Jones, who has one other daughter, one son, and three grandchildren.
Unfortunately, because of the CMV, Jones' daughter is blind but otherwise her health is excellent: She has had an undetectable viral load for the past five years. And although Southwest caravan leader Jones, 47, has always been the chief advocate in the family while her daughter has kept a low profile about her status, that's about to change. Jones' daughter will be joining Jones in the caravan from Dallas to Oxford.
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More than 50 people will participate in the caravan, which begins in San Diego, then heads through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana on its way to Oxford (some activists from Hawaii will fly in to Dallas and be "adopted" there and ride along with Jones, her daughter and 30 other Dallas-area residents). The Dallas contingent has already started mobilizing. On Saturday, August 23 historical black college Paul Quinn College hosted "Raise the Praise," which piqued interest among students in the Stand Against AIDS.
Asking more questions, seeking more answers
Jones left her job as an accounting clerk in 2001 to be a full-time HIV advocate and educator. She has made HIV education such a part of her life that when her then-8-year-old granddaughter saw AIDS ribbons on television, she said, "You're going to be rich! Because they're using your stuff! Jones' youngest daughter is now in college, and also assists with outreach, bringing home classmates who she thinks need some extracurricular sex education and empowerment to talk to her mother. "When women understand reproductive justice, they can better protect themselves against HIV," Jones said.
Despite Jones' commitment to education and outreach, she said it wasn't until joining the Campaign to End AIDS last year that she became well-versed in the nitty-gritty of federal policies such as the Early Treatment for HIV Act and ADAP as TrOOP.
Jones said, "I thought 'Why am I on the Ryan White Council but I'd never heard these things before?' It made me ask more questions and seek more answers. I'd seen people say they were grassroots organizers, but C2EA was the first time I saw it in application."
Jones believes the Stand will help ignite the sense of urgency around AIDS there was in the '80s and '90s.
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The week was used by the organizers - Greg Fordham (Norfolk, VA), George Kerr (DC Fights Back), Richard Wallace (Test Positive Aware Network, Chicago), Shirlene Cooper (NYC AIDS Housing Network), Marsha Jones (the Afiya Center, Dallas), Janet Johnson (Loon Lake, WA), Eric Bartley (Housing Works, NYC), Eric Bailey and Valencia Robinson (AIDS Action In Mississippi), and David Bond (Positive Vegas) - to solidfy the caravan routes, develop and implement outreach strategies, brainstorm on fundraising opportunities, and to polish off effective media packets.
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