Ascension Parish AIDS Coalition holds first meeting of year

Staff reports

The Ascension Parish AIDS Coalition hosted its first meeting of the year at Face to Face Enrichment Center on Jan. 17. The members in attendance included representatives from Baton Rouge AIDS Society, First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church (Geismar), Face to Face Enrichment Center (Gonzales), Progressive Baptist Church (Dutchtown) and members of the community.

The coalition discussed upcoming events and gaps in services in Ascension Parish. Mobile HIV Testing was scheduled for Donaldsonville, St. Gabriel, Geismar and other areas in the parish. The meeting was followed by a Street Outreach Training for members who were willing to walk the communities and educate citizens about the impact of HIV in our community and the preventive measures of STDs and pregnancy.

The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Gabrielle Johnson at 644-9992 or via e-mail at You can also visit to learn more about the coalition.