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Mr. Tony R. Wafford

Wrong Tony R. Wafford?

President and Chief Executive Off...

I Choose Life Health & Wellness Center

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Wafford Consulting LLC
  • Board Member
    George McKenna
  • Community Advisory Board Chair
    HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • CWG Member
    HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • Board Member
    Black Women
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Web References
Tony Wafford, I Choose Life ..., 21 May 2014 [cached]
Tony Wafford, I Choose Life Health & Wellness Center*
Founder |, 31 July 2013 [cached]
Tony Wafford -Member: CEO of I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center
"AIDS is a cold, hard pandemic - a cannon, barreling throughout the African American community in record numbers. Thus, it mandates straightforward, honest dialogue about who can stop it and how. said Tony Wafford.
Mr. Wafford, President and CEO of I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center (ICL) an organization founded to address heath disparities in the Black community. He works tirelessly in partnership with the National Action Network and its entire membership to educate them on health literacy, increase access to health screenings, along with HIV testing and education, as he does with many other collaborative partners.
One of Mr. Wafford's major accomplishments is his ability to address HIV/AIDS in the African American community from a culturally competent perspective. Because of his unique approach, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center a five year grant entitled Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative.
Tony has created some of the most effective and unique HIV/AIDS campaigns in his more than ten years of working in this area. He teamed up with Al Hayman Productions to create the "Fighting HIV through R&B" testing campaign;which donated 2 million dollars in free concert tickets to anyone who tested. This effort yielded over 30,000 people, in twenty-four states, in sixty-six cites to be tested for HIV. Tony also created the "Test One Million" initiative. This initiative is being modeled by HIV organizations all over the country in an effort to test one million African Americans for HIV. "Takin It to the Street," is a projectthat Tony created along with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and a core group of volunteers to distributed condoms and information about HIV to barber shops, beauty salons and shoe repair shops all over South Central Los Angeles.
Tony convened and hosted the largest summit addressing HIV/AIDS in the Black community.
said Mr. Wafford.
Tony R. Wafford delivers ..., 6 July 2009 [cached]
Tony R. Wafford delivers health-related information and education to urban communities. His tactics are town hall meetings and other culturally appropriate, grassroot approaches with demonstrated effectiveness for motivating the African American community leaders, medical professionals, service providers and people living with HIV/AIDS to become more informed and proactive in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.
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Tony R. Wafford
Tony established Wafford Consulting, LLC in 1985, after working closely with Terrie Williams, a New York-based public relations guru.
Tony worked with such entertainment greats as Eddie Murphy, Miles Davis, Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, Al Haymon, Anita Baker, Johnnie Cochran, Rev. Al Sharpton and others.
As a community volunteer, Tony started "Takin' It to the Street," a grassroots movement to distribute condoms and information concerning HIV/AIDS to barber shops, beauty salons and shoe repair shops with Congresswoman Maxine Waters. For the past ten years, Wafford has also worked closely with congressional leaders to coordinate one of the most well-attended and important meetings at the Congressional Black Caucus, known as "Young, Gifted and Black".
With this caliber of participation, Tony has been able to keep the focus of education and information of HIV/AIDS in the forefront.
He has served as Co-Chair of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), Americas Community Working Group. His work includes a history of successful collaboration. Some of which being Pfizer, OraSure, Abbott, Giliad and GSK. Tony has worked in partnership with Pfizer to create and produce an award winning video titled, "Women Like You" to heighten the awareness of HIV/AIDS among African American women. Also through the partnership with Pfizer, Tony created a nationwide HIV/AIDS campaign called "Fighting HIV Through R&B". During the campaign, more than 30,000 African American men and women were tested for HIV/AIDS within 32 months. This campaign was launch in Los Angeles, CA and travel to over 23 states and 66 cities throughout the country. This campaign offered free concert tickets to individuals that participated by testing and returning for their results. This campaign was truly a success!! During the campaign run, Wafford tested over 30,000 individuals and distributed over $2.2 million dollars in concert tickets! In 2004, Wafford convened the largest summit addressing HIV/AIDS in Black America. This summit was titled "The Cost and Casualties of Silence".
In 2006, Wafford convene the largest delegation of African Americans to attend the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic among African Americans in the United States.
In 2007, Wafford launch a campaign called "Test One Million". Through this campaign, Wafford has successfully begun recruiting social, civic, corporate and community organizations to educate, promote and test one million African Americans for HIV/AIDS. Since launching this movement, several organizations and AIDS service providers has created their own version of test one million.
Wafford's latest venture in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS is a movement called "I Choose Life". Wafford has partnered with The National Urban League, NAACP, SCLC, National Action Network and a host of other social and civic organizations to target five Southern states with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection.
Tony Wafford, your West Coast ..., 2 Aug 2011 [cached]
Tony Wafford, your West Coast Chair of the NAN violated my civil rights in the workplace, by not only sexually harassing me, but added insult to injury by verbally and physically attacking me in the workplace. After seeing hand surgeons and a hand therapist, (their) reports indicated the blow caused inoperable nerve damage to my appendage where I am left with an affliction of pain that I must bear for the rest of my life.
I had witnesses to the mistreatment I experienced, and filed a sexual harassment and battery lawsuit against Tony Wafford. My physicians have provided court declarations as to the severity of the injuries to my hand as well.
On November 1, 2010 at the conclusion of a nine-day trial, a jury returned with a verdict in my favor, calling it "intentional tort" battery, while continuously being sexually harassed by Tony Wafford, while working at the Palms Residential Care Facility office.
The National Black Women's Network, The South Central L.A. Progressive Movement and Sistahs of the Black Liberation Movement threatened to Boycott NAN unless your organization makes Tony Wafford step down and resign.
I worked full time and directly with Wafford and reported to him directly, while at the Palms, from 2004 through 2007.
In 2006 when you crowned Wafford as the president of the NAN LA Chapter, I was then hired by Wafford and worked directly for him at both Palms and NAN. LA Chapter president of NAN, Rev. K. W. Tulloss knew of this, and Tony Wafford solidified my position in writing.
In closing, on Monday, July 18, at the continuation of the non-economic damages trial, Tony Wafford had to be reminded by the judge that a jury verdict had, in fact, found him guilty.
Mr. Sharpton, as the head of NAN organization and someone who is associated with and employs Tony Wafford, I and every African American woman expect you to stand up for what is right, by firing him, and put your personal friendship aside.
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Tony Wafford, the West Coast coordinator of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and president of Wafford Consulting and the Palms Residential Care Center, will have to pay former National Action Network program administrator Sharon Song Byrd damages for sexual harassment and battery.
Final Call News and Analysis with Sis. Charlene Muhammad: Sister Charlene Muhammad presents HIV Radio, 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
For Nov. 13, confirmed guest is Tony Wafford, Health and Wellness Director for the National Action Network and invited/awaiting confirmation is Hydeia Broadbent.  And by all means, even though we will be crunched for real!!! the phone lines will be open
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