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Arkansas RAPPS, Founder and CEO

Cornelius Mabin is a native Arkansan who attended Arkansas State University and Philander Smith College majoring in Broadcasting and Political Science. Mabin is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Prevention Group as the first openly gay Black man living with HIV and re-elected to the position for 3 consecutive terms.  

As of 2018, Mabin partnered with Future Builders, Incorporated as a state grantee provide both HIV prevention and Hepatitis C services.

In 2016 he was a key point person in developing the state's Integrated Plan and developed the state's first Prep Awareness Campaign, "Prep 2 Live," as well as produced the states multi-site HIV screening event in regards to National HIV Testing Day from 2017-2019 in conjunction with national partners Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS.


He has served as a national board member of the multi-cultural group, Black and White Men Together, Inc., which recognized him with a 1985 Personal Achievement Award for chapter development in Little Rock, and in both 2010 and 2011 he was cited with awards on his continuing work and dedication in addressing homophobia, interracial unity, and his participation in the Healing Racism Institute.


In 1983, Mabin served as the first African-American president of one of Arkansas' first LGBT advocacy group, Arkansas Gay Rights. During his tenure, he openly testified before the Arkansas State Legislature concerning a U of A Fayetteville group’s access to campus facilities and encouraged diversity programming on all state college campuses. Subsequently, AGR bestowed its 1983 Outstanding Performance Award for his diligent pursuit of human rights for Arkansas' gay community. His human rights activism has also included serving as a past Arkansas Gay Pride Chairperson, lobbying Arkansas Capitol Hill Congressional delegations on state AIDS resources. Mr. Mabin is a former Arkansas AIDS Foundation board member, Royalty Court Member of the Arkansas Diamond State Rodeo Association.

The Strilite Foundation: Telling Our Story

 The Strilite Foundation, a 501 c 3 charity serving as the non-profit entity of Arkansas RAPPS, Inc.

The program is an HIV Prevention, Hepatitis C sub-contractor, also offering consultancy services on health navigation, capacity building, and educational programming. The acronym outlines how we approach our work overall. It is our goal to "Reach, Affirm, Positive, Progressive, Systems," and determine the impact of both structural and environmental inequality on those at high risk for HIV infection.  Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of our community, which includes those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and all people who live and work in our neighborhoods. Furthermore, we recognize that according to the Center for Disease Control, over 50% of those living with HIV are now 55 years or older and we must be prepared to address long-term survivors issues. Arkansas RAPPS provides high quality, comprehensive HIV/STD prevention, and service programs in a culturally responsive environment and seeks to improve the overall health of communities across Arkansas, through education and training, outreach and advocacy, prevention and research. We have accomplished fostering partnerships ranging from community-based entities such as Arkansas HIV Planning Group to federally qualified health care center provider, Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems.


The Journey from There to Now...!

Since 2014 we have served over 600 individuals across our service platforms including linking 20% of our clients either linked to new or retained in care, access to insurance products and into effective drug regimens to achieve our ultimate goal of viral suppression for all who are newly infected. Provided a safe space for 80, 18-24 same gender loving participants through our popular "Welcome to the Living Room Series" in 2016.

Through our programming, we have increased access to the most updated and accurate information on our web and social media platforms. Spearheaded the largest two day HIV testing event in June 2017 with over 150 test completed and a 2018 six sites single day event resulting in 250 screenings completed. We've partnered across our community to offer 2000 pieces of sexual health materials and 1 Milion condoms distributed via over 30 health fairs, expos, conferences, media appearances, and seminars. 

Our corporate culture is steeped in the Four Strilite Pillars of:

Unity

Strength

Hope

Together we are linked in life and death.

Our Philosophy

• We believe in a holistic approach to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support.

• We recognize HIV/AIDS as a manageable, chronic disease.

• We acknowledge the presence and impact of racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination on the lives of those we serve affected by HIV/AIDS.

• Our organization is preparing to both generate and access innovative approaches aimed at increasing technical assistance and other Capacity Building Actives (CBA) to community members, partners, consumers and stakeholders throughout our service area.

Arkansas RAPPS believes that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only by closing any gaps between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, and support services that allow individuals to remain in a care continuum. Closing this important social justice gap means empowering and enabling Arkansans to access preventive services they need.

Current and Past Partnerships:

Arkansas Department of Health

Future Builders, Inc.

AIDS Health Foundation

Arkansas HIV Planning Group

Philander Smith College

Arkansas State University

UAMS College of Public Health

HIV Law & Policy Center

Better Community Developers

Human Rights Campaign

Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems

Arkansas Transgender Coalition, Incorporated

LinQ for Life, Inc.

Health Care Pharmacy

Part of the Solution, Incorporated

Nu Delta, Incorporated

The LGBT Outlaws of the Bowen School of Law

The Roots Connection, Incorporated

The Arkansas RAPPS Data to Care Portal

Arkansas RAPPS firmly believes that access to credible data is critical in our focus on adhering to Arkansas's Integrated Plan and the new Ending The Epidemic 2030 initiative. Furthermore, we believe that the ‘treatment as

prevention’ model which focuses on ensuring that all people

living with HIV are diagnosed, linked to consistent, optimal HIV

medical care, receive antiretroviral treatment and have a

suppressed viral load,” are critical pathways to getting to zero new infections. 

Click on the button below to access the Arkansas Department of Health online HIV/STI/Hepatitis C resources. Get a CDC State Profile with this link and more information below.

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