DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. This show will highlight the efforts of DIFFA/Dallas to raise awareness of the fight against AIDS, the organizations they partner with, and the various fundraising efforts around the city of Dallas.
Episode 38// 26th Annual DIFFA Wreath Collection
Join host Alison Volk & DIFFA Wreath Collection Chair Andy Kivilaan as they discuss the most magical holiday event of the year. Learn how to shop exclusive custom wreaths during the event while enjoying holiday cocktails and hearing beats by DJ, Jen Miller. Please join us for this festive and meaningful event that helps support organizations who serve men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the holiday season.
Burgers and Burgundy TONIGHT!
Need a Friday night plan? Come enjoy burgers made by renowned chefs and delicious wine pairings with your DIFFA friends!
Episode 38#: Pride Month: HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ+ Community
HIV/AIDS does not care who you are-- it affects all people of all ages from all walks of life. However, it does disproportionately impact the gay, bisexual, and trans communities. Lesbians are also at risk due to low testing rates caused by a lot of HIV/AIDS messaging being geared toward people assigned male at birth who sleep with men. Host Shane Allen speaks with Prism Health North Texas CEO Dr. John Carlo about what organizations like his and DIFFA are doing to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS, the myth that it started in the gay community, and how the cure might be right under our noses.
Episode #37: Burgers & Burgundy is Back! (And In Person)
DIFFA/Dallas' signature Fall event is back! Burgers & Burgundy Event Chair Al James joins host Shane Allen to reveal when and where this must-attend event will return, plus tips on how to get the most out of your experience. Celebrity chefs create custom sliders, each perfectly paired with a different glass of wine. Can you think of a more perfect evening?
A DIFFA Picnic in the Park
DIFFA/Dallas is hosting a picnic, and you're invited! Join us at Klyde Warren Park on June 13 from 1pm - 4pm for a fabulous picnic benefiting HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas. The acclaimed DJ Jenn Miller will be spinning, plus a picnic blanket, food, and wine. Host Tim Garippa and event chair Jim DiMarino have the dish. Tickets and more info online at DIFFADallas.org.
Episode #36: Mental Health & HIV/AIDS
During Mental Health Awareness Month, host Shane Allen speaks with Included Health's Jessica Halem about why research shows people living with HIV have a higher chance of developing mental health issues, the often unspoken trauma the community still carries from the height of the AIDS crisis, and what you can do about it. Halem served as an LGBT Advisory Committee member for Barack Obama's first campaign for president and was the inaugural LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Director at Harvard Medical School.