Feb 7, 2019
Debbie Warren is president and CEO of RAIN, formerly the
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. RAIN provides access to
personalized care to individuals and their families who are living
with HIV and associated chronic conditions so they may live
healthier, fulfilled lives. Debbie founded RAIN, a non-profit
organization, in 1992. She is also a founding member of the North
Carolina AIDS Action Network and has been active in state and
national advocacy efforts on behalf of HIV+ patients. She has
taught at the US Conference on AIDS and joined experts on HIV/AIDS
at The White House as part of a dialogue on the role of
public-private partnerships in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Debbie has received numerous awards for her work, including the
Human Rights Campaign Charlotte Legacy Award. She is an ordained
Baptist minister. She is a graduate of the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in helping
people living with HIV/AIDS, pastoral care, the maturing of faith,
and finding one’s identity in service and
IN THIS EPISODE
- Debbie describes RAIN and its core work of
delivering services to those people living with HIV/AIDS.
- She identifies the HIV/AIDS population that
RAIN is serving and the extent of HIV/AIDS as a public health
- She discusses the number of people living with HIV/AIDS and the
disproportionate effects of HIV in Mecklenburg
- She addresses whether the LGBTQ community has
moved on from prioritizing HIV/AIDS intervention.
- Debbie considers whether communities of color
are accepting the fact that HIV is impacting them to the extent
that it is.
- She explains how RAIN integrates the voices of people
living with HIV in its programs and services.
- She answers how a person gets HIV and prospects for
health after a diagnosis.
- She talks about what gives her hope in the
work she does.
- Debbie describes signature events of RAIN
including Gay Bingo, AIDS Walk and annual World AIDS Day
- She shares what draws her in to helping people
living with HIV and AIDS.
- She remembers growing up in Jackson,
Tennessee, her father, mother and grandmother, and what
set the stage for the work she is doing now.
- She discusses the role West Jackson Baptist Church played in
her life and her time attending Southern Baptist
- Debbie remembers the early days of AIDS,
coming out as a lesbian, and a conversation with her mother.
- She recalls two men who were instrumental in the start
- Debbie shares how she manages the loss of people she loves,
how her faith has changed, her feelings about her
own death one day, and what matters most.
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