Photo of Seattle circa 1987, taken from Beacon Hill

ORIGINS OF POCAAN


Established in 1987, POCAAN is a multicultural, multi-social service agency serving marginalized communities in Seattle and greater King County.  For many years our work has been rooted in HIV/AIDS prevention, but it has grown with the understanding that related issues such as substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, sexually transmitted diseases, racism, sexism and homophobia also contribute to community marginalization and health disparities.

Our Board


Ava Norris Levine

Ava Norris Levine

President, MSW, PHD Candidate

Peggi Hurd

Peggi Hurd

Secretary

Rev. Chap. Paul Wilson

Rev. Chap. Paul Wilson

Member

Micah Daniel

Micah Daniel

Member

Alanna Woods

Alanna Woods

Member

Zenovia Love

Zenovia Love

Member

Venessa Ellis

Venessa Ellis

Member

Our People


Steven Sawyer

Steven Sawyer

Executive Director

Aaliyah Messiah

Aaliyah Messiah

Program Director

Luis Viquez

Luis Viquez

Program Manager

Clarence Johnson

Clarence Johnson

Case Manager - CURB

Ron Gray

Ron Gray

Financial Director

Charnita Moore

Charnita Moore

BSK Housing Case Manager

Jose Cardona

Jose Cardona

Prevention Specialist

Autry Bell

Autry Bell

Program Manager

Preston Credit

Preston Credit

Case Manager - GOTS/CURB

Vera Page

Vera Page

Prevention Specialist

Future Vision


Sustain a dynamic health advocacy organization able to meet the needs of 21st century clients and community. POCCAN’s strength is providing services that are culturally competent and its ability to reach diverse populations. POCAAN wants to remain focused on building community and always remembering the human element.

Accomplishments


For more than 29 years, POCAAN’s worked tirelessly building a supportive community predominately serving communities of color and those hardest to get into care. A social service agency, POCAAN’s efforts are supplied mostly through grants, and programs include education, outreach, HIV prevention/awareness, criminal justice programs and health advocacy.

“Our staff works at POCAAN because they love the populations they serve.”

(206) 322-7061
pocaan@pocaan.org

Stakeholders Wine & Cheese 2017

3oth Anniversary Stakeholder Wine & Cheese 2017 

Join us for our annual stakeholder’s wine and cheese tasting! We will be featuring local wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle of Woodinville, Washington, and the pairing will delicious cheeses, fruit, and hors-d’oeuvres.

The event highlights POCAAN current achievements and to introduce our strategic goals for the coming year. You can RSVP here or contact us at the POCAAN Office @ 206-322-7061.

*PLEASE NOTE* This event is 21+. Doors will open promptly at 6:30 pm and event program will start at 7:00 pm.

Wine generously donated by Chateau Ste. Michelle……………

 

RSVP

National HIV Call In Day, March 21, 2017

What if we told you your voice counts, even in this political atmosphere. Would you speak out?  If you knew 24 million people could lose their health insurance if the ACA was repealed and replaced by the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would you place a call to save healthcare access for people living with HIV?  We need you to make three calls, to take 30 minutes to be a hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS. POCAAN is not a sponsor of this event, but we are sending out this request because its that’s important, and we want to support our colleagues. There is too much work for any one agency; it’s important to support your colleagues doing good work. The HIV Health Care Access Working Group, AIDS Foundation of ChicagoAIDS UnitedNASTADHIVMAThe AIDS Institute, and TAEP are organizing an HIV community-wide call in day on March 21st to urge Congress to oppose the Republican’s repeal plan (AHCA).

You can find out your Members of Congress here.

Use the “Protect HIV Care Hotline” (866) 246-9371.  When you call, you will be prompted with a short script and instructions.

AIDS United (AU) has posted the link to the script and surrounding materials.

Find a local event near you.

National HIV Call-in Day.

The Legends Gala & Awards Dinner

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Northwest African American Museum

POCAAN’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner will become Seattle premier event to celebrate the contributions of communities of color within the Pacific Northwest, as well as raise money to support POCAAN’s justice work here in Washington State. The event will honor both current and pioneers and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin and fight for health and socio-economic equity.

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Northwest African American Museum

POCAAN’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner will become Seattle premier event to celebrate the contributions of communities of color within the Pacific Northwest, as well as raise money to support POCAAN’s justice work here in Washington State. The event will honor both current and pioneers and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin and fight for health and socio-economic equity.

World AIDS Day Breakfast

Thursday – December 1, 2016 – 8:00am – 9:00am

Registration Opens at 7:30am

More than thirty years into a worldwide epidemic, HIV/AIDS has had an undeniable impact on our community. While the number of new cases has declined, hundreds of people in our community are still diagnosed with HIV every year. More than 12,000 people are living with HIV in Washington state, 60% of whom live in King County. Since the start of the epidemic, more than 6,500 people in Washington state have died as a result of the disease. Our very own Phyllis Little-Epamynondas will be honored.

Stakeholders Wine & Cheese 2017

3oth Anniversary Stakeholder Wine & Cheese 2017 

Join us for our annual stakeholder’s wine and cheese tasting! We will be featuring local wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle of Woodinville, Washington, and the pairing will delicious cheeses, fruit, and hors-d’oeuvres.

The event highlights POCAAN current achievements and to introduce our strategic goals for the coming year. You can RSVP here or contact us at the POCAAN Office @ 206-322-7061.

*PLEASE NOTE* This event is 21+. Doors will open promptly at 6:30 pm and event program will start at 7:00 pm.

Wine generously donated by Chateau Ste. Michelle……………

 

RSVP

National HIV Call In Day, March 21, 2017

What if we told you your voice counts, even in this political atmosphere. Would you speak out?  If you knew 24 million people could lose their health insurance if the ACA was repealed and replaced by the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would you place a call to save healthcare access for people living with HIV?  We need you to make three calls, to take 30 minutes to be a hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS. POCAAN is not a sponsor of this event, but we are sending out this request because its that’s important, and we want to support our colleagues. There is too much work for any one agency; it’s important to support your colleagues doing good work. The HIV Health Care Access Working Group, AIDS Foundation of ChicagoAIDS UnitedNASTADHIVMAThe AIDS Institute, and TAEP are organizing an HIV community-wide call in day on March 21st to urge Congress to oppose the Republican’s repeal plan (AHCA).

You can find out your Members of Congress here.

Use the “Protect HIV Care Hotline” (866) 246-9371.  When you call, you will be prompted with a short script and instructions.

AIDS United (AU) has posted the link to the script and surrounding materials.

Find a local event near you.

National HIV Call-in Day.

The Legends Gala & Awards Dinner

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Northwest African American Museum

POCAAN’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner will become Seattle premier event to celebrate the contributions of communities of color within the Pacific Northwest, as well as raise money to support POCAAN’s justice work here in Washington State. The event will honor both current and pioneers and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin and fight for health and socio-economic equity.

Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Northwest African American Museum

POCAAN’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner will become Seattle premier event to celebrate the contributions of communities of color within the Pacific Northwest, as well as raise money to support POCAAN’s justice work here in Washington State. The event will honor both current and pioneers and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin and fight for health and socio-economic equity.

World AIDS Day Breakfast

Thursday – December 1, 2016 – 8:00am – 9:00am

Registration Opens at 7:30am

More than thirty years into a worldwide epidemic, HIV/AIDS has had an undeniable impact on our community. While the number of new cases has declined, hundreds of people in our community are still diagnosed with HIV every year. More than 12,000 people are living with HIV in Washington state, 60% of whom live in King County. Since the start of the epidemic, more than 6,500 people in Washington state have died as a result of the disease. Our very own Phyllis Little-Epamynondas will be honored.

POCAAN

Non-profit since 1987

4437 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

POCAAN

Non-profit since 1987

(206) 322-7061 pocaan@pocaan.org

4437 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118