About HANS

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  • HANS is a coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals who meet monthly to discuss and plan HIV/AIDS activities which impact our community.

    HANS is a part of a regional planning body known as the Regional HIV/AIDS Council (RHAC). RHAC consists of county health department directors and community representatives from each county in Florida's Area 8, which includes Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Henry, Glades, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. RHAC is the governing body for Ryan White Title II funding for southwest Florida.

    If you or your agency are interested in learning more about HANS or joining our coalition, please contact us.

  • Mission

    To reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the community through education and awareness, and to improve the quality of life for all persons affected.

  • Vision

    To recognize HANS for its diversified and collaborative membership as the premier source of public awareness for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, training, and testing in Southwest Florida.

  • Goals

    • To provide a strong and effective network in Southwest Florida of community agencies, organizations, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other interested parties
    • To prevent HIV infections in Southwest Florida
    • To improve the quality of life for all persons affected by HIV disease in Southwest Florida
    • To prevent the progression of HIV disease to AIDS in Southwest Florida
    • To advocate for a responsive community with regard to HIV disease in Southwest Florida
    • To provide a Speaker’s Bureau to educate our community about the disease
  • Members

    The backbone of HANS is formed by a diverse group of Members dedicated to addressing issues related to HIV/AIDS in Southwest Florida. HANS members include:

    • Agencies providing HIV/AIDS prevention and care
    • HIV educators
    • School, corrections, & government representatives
    • Public health/healthcare professionals, epidemiologists, & behavioral scientists
    • People living with HIV/AIDS and other community representatives

    See a full list of Members and get an application form...

  • HANS was formed in 1992 as Sarasota County Interagency AIDS Council and later became Sarasota HIV/AIDS Coalition (SHAC), then HIV/AIDS Network of Sarasota, before finally settling on the current name. HANS was created to foster a spirit of cooperation among community-based organizations and HIV/AIDS service organizations. Since that time, the coalition has evolved to discuss matters including budgets, programs, and services. In 1995, the group agreed to be identified as a local planning partnership within Area 8’s Southwest Florida HIV/AIDS Community Planning Partnership, thereby creating as its main focus a truly comprehensive planning group for HIV/AIDS services in our community.

    In February 1998, the first strategic planning meeting was held to determine the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) of the group. In June, that same year, the strategic plan continued with the development of a timeline, goals, and objectives. The development of goals and objectives led to implementation of the following three subcommittees to continue to address prevention/intervention needs in Sarasota County: 1) By-Laws, 2) Prevention, and 3) Patient Care. In January and April 1999, HANS met for several days of planning workshops to reexamine, modify, and add to the goals that had been identified the previous year.