"Nothing about you without you, Charlton, 1998"


The Philadelphia Center employs Chip Eakins (pictured left), as our Advocacy Coordinator, through funding from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The focus of advocacy changes with the needs of our clients, trends in state politics, and with current events that require immediate action. The main issues for the Advocacy Department to address are:

  •  The need to modernize the state HIV criminalization statute.
  • Take action against stigma.
  • Educate law makers, healthcare workers, legislators, district attorneys, and others on HIV to end the epidemic here in Louisiana.
  • Be the change we seek as marginalized individuals.

We are progressively engaging our state officials as well as AIDS Advocacy Groups, throughout the state and nationally through speaking engagements and conferences. The role of advocacy is to give a voice to the clients of The Philadelphia Center, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and to educate policymakers and the greater community on HIV/AIDS.

Through Mr. Eakins continued work, The Philadelphia Center and its clients have a voice. If you have an advocacy issue or would like Mr. Eakins to speak to your organization or group, feel free to contact him at or call (318) 222-6633 ext. 2029.

Advocacy Sponsor

Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)