Business Response to AIDS

Compass works in collaboration with the State of Florida, Department of Health’s Business Responds to AIDS (BRTA) program

in a public/private partnership that promotes the involvement of businesses in HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, education, and mobilization.

Participating BRTA Members:

Blue Front Bar and Grill Restaurant

Chah Acutherapy

Chiropractically Ours

Downtown Chiropractic of Lake Worth

Knowledge is Power

Lambda North

Palm Beach Acupuncture

RLE Massage & Posture Therapy

Superfit Gym

STOP AIDS: It’s everyone’s business 

It is recognized that community business leaders have tremendous influence within their communities. BRTA/LRTA allows health departments to utilize these relationships in their HIV prevention efforts. HIV/AIDS affects us all, but many people are uninformed or misinformed about the nature of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent the spread of the disease. Stigma and silence about the disease helps to fuel the epidemic.

The key to stopping the spread of HIV is to break the silence around the disease. We must begin talking about HIV/AIDS where we live, work, play, and worship. Having conversations about HIV/AIDS allows for opportunities for raising awareness and educating communities on how they can protect themselves from HIV.

As a business leader in your community, you can help start the conversations where people work and play. You have the opportunity to impact the lives of members of your community by simply supporting HIV prevention efforts.

How Does It Work

Merchants located in neighborhoods with high HIV/AIDS prevalence are asked to:

  • Display and distribute free HIV/AIDS point-of-purchase materials to their customers. Materials include grocery bags, dry cleaner bags, posters, postcards, beverage sleeves, and window decals.
  • Discuss HIV/AIDS awareness with their employees, customers, and peers.
  • Encourage other neighborhood businesses to share HIV prevention information with their employees, customers, and peers.

What Can My Business Expect From Participating in the Business Responds to AIDS

If you choose to participate in the Stop AIDS: It’s Everyone’s Business project, you can expect to receive the following:

  • Six months free supply of point-of-purchase materials
  • Basic HIV/AIDS 101 training for your employees and customers
  • Free HIV/AIDS information and resources
  • Your business and participation will be highlighted in press releases and newspaper ads
  • Recognition as a supporter of STOP AIDS: It’s Everyone’s Business
  • Discounted prices on point-of-purchase materials

How Can My Business Support Compass and the State of Florida’s Business Responds to AIDS

BRTA can not exist without the support of your business. You provide the direct link to the community. You can help to support the efforts of BRTA by choosing to participate in three ways:

Endorsement

  • Business agrees with project goals and signs business commitment letter
  • Business agrees to display project logo and print material

Support

  • Business agrees with project goals and signs business commitment letter
  • Business agrees to display project logo and print material
  • Business distributes project materials and point-of-purchase materials
  • Business agrees to talk to customers and/or employees about HIV/AIDS

Participation

  • Business agrees with project goals and signs business commitment letter
  • Business agrees to display project logo and print material
  • Business distributes project materials and point-of-purchase materials
  • Business agrees to talk to customers and/or employees about HIV/AIDS
  • Business participates and/or supports health department sponsored HIV/AIDS events and activities

Is Your Business Prepared

To stop the spread of HIV in your community your business has the ability to:

  • Break the silence around HIV by providing opportunities for education and awareness to employees, their families, and customers
  • Help change community perceptions about HIV/AIDS by supporting HIV prevention activities in your community
  • Motivate community members to seek HIV testing
  • Encourage employees, their family members, and customers to engage in healthy behaviors
  • Provide customers a link to HIV prevention programs and testing services within your community

Contact Adrienne Percival if you are interested in having your business support the BRTA Initiative at adrienne@compassglcc.com or by calling 561-533-9699.