Media from “Introduction”

1. “A City Of Hope & Love E. ST. Louis”

The photograph below portrays the panel titled, “A City Of Hope & Love E. ST. Louis,” which is a part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Displayed by the NAMES Project Foundation, the panel illustrates the broken and hopeful aspect of the Metro East area. This panel aided the inspiration and critical features in the research needed to evaluate this final analysis further. The panel allowed the hope that was once lost in E. ST Louis to resurface again through the buildings in which the Franciscan Sisters made to aid those living with AIDS. The colors featured in the panel differentiate such as the use of vibrant neon colors to the dull neutral colors. Three prominent features of the panel are its cities like infrastructure, broken skyline, and the AIDS symbol.

Full Panel

Media from “The Birth”

2. Mary Ellen Rombach

This photograph below is of Sister Mary Ellen Rombach from the Franciscan Third Order Hospital. Sister Mary is also known as the co-founder of Bethany Place that now is all over the Metro East area. She is the key feature in my entire research because, without her, Bethany Place would not exist. Sister Mary was the mastermind behind the supportive hand in dealing with people living with HIV and AIDS. Along with research information, her inspiring quotes that she once said was recorded and she addresses as to what her reasoning was behind establishing a “place” for those effect by the AIDS epidemic to go to. Her entire lifestyle consisted of caring for others, after all, she was a Sister. Sister Mary’s passion and perseverance is the very reason as to why many lives were saved at least for a few years longer.

Sister Mary Ellen Rombach


Media from “Needle Exchange Operation”

3. Needle

The picture below is of a needle that is pretty similar to the ones that are used in the Needle Exchange Operation all over the United States and in some areas outside of the States. The entire mindset of this operation is to reduce the harm that can be caused when people use needles to inject themselves with drugs. This harm reduction method is meant to reduce the cause of HIV/AIDS outbreak, by giving the public safer and cleaner needles and syringes to use. The public is not going to stop using drugs, but with this program, it can be somewhat prevented from causing severe future harm.

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Media from “The Modern Relation & Involvement”

4. AID Atlanta

The symbol of the nonprofit organization named AID Atlanta is similar to Bethany Place. AID Atlanta, is one of the closest HIV/AIDS treatment center in our area. The organization mentions and gives access to the public that is dealing with HIV and AIDS. AID Atlanta first came to be when gay men in Atlanta were victims of the cruel and harsh treatment from the public. AID Atlanta wanted to help everyone in the community feel as if they had someone. Now, it has expanded to even the Black and Latino community. The growth is remarkable. Along with the involvement of all races, the treatments, and services that are provided range from educational services to planning procedures.

5. APLA Health

APLA Health is another HIV and AIDS centers, but this one is located in Los Angeles. This organization’s entire mission is to provide a safe community and atmosphere for the LGBTQ community and with those that have HIV/AIDS. APLA Health provides educational services and advocacy and counseling. Similar to Bethany Place, APLA Health is still growing and has done many wonderful things for the community as a  whole. 

6. AIDS Healthcare Foundation

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is more on a global level. This organization is not only active in the United States but also is active all across the world in places like Asia, Africa and more. This organization is focused more on providing medical treatment and supporting those affected but also the families that are involved. AHF is the more prominent and helpful organization there is. Their mission is simple, help and support those that are in need.


Media from “Synthesis & Conclusions

7. AIDS Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon symbol is the most prominent and well-known symbol that promotes the awareness of AIDS. The need for awareness and prevention to coming up to the surface is crucial. Aids is a disease that tarnishes one’s immune system and prevents sickness from being treated. This symbol was also a major pain in my panel titled, “A City Of Hope & Love E. ST. Louis.” The area of East Saint Louis was profoundly poor, and the isolation was severe. Aids awareness has made huge progress in the AIDS outbreak.

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