Welcome to the first edition of Black AIDS Update. This e-newsletter is the beginning of an effort to streamline our communications efforts and news delivery about our organization’s happenings, and upcoming events.
I began last September as the Senior Communications Manager for the Black AIDS Institute (BAI). I hit the ground running flying off to the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Orlando on day two.
I am a lifelong storyteller who lives with a personal mission to help people find the greater good in humanity by celebrating what’s right in the world. The past several months have been a joy and privilege joining a team of the next generation of HIV/AIDS activists and organizers focused on ending the epidemic. I want to tell stories of the folks whose lives have been transformed and forever changed because of the work and efforts of BAI.
I come to BAI after twenty years as a religious communicator in The United Methodist Church (UMC) most recently in Sacramento with a region spanning Northern California and Northern Nevada with 370 congregations and 73,000 congregants. I have worked for the UMC in five regional offices (Boston, Mass.; Jackson, Miss.; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.) and the international mission agency (New York City).
I look forward to the continued journey at BAI with a team of folks who are energetic and passionate about the work of Black health and uplifting our communities. I want to build upon the work that has already been done in communicating the BAI story, and expand our digital presence. As I tell our story from an unapologetically Black point of view, I look forward to learning, meeting and engaging people in our community, and continuing to help move the organization into the future.
Hit me up with your ideas, thoughts, and story suggestions as I strive to tell our story!
Larry R. Hygh, Jr., Ed.D.