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amfAR’s Lisa Chiu Honored

Longtime Employee Receives Two Awards from New York State AIDS Institute

Lisa Chiu (front left) with other award recipients at the World AIDS Day ceremony in Albany
Lisa Chiu (front left) with other award recipients at the World AIDS Day ceremony in Albany

Lisa Chiu, amfAR’s program coordinator, has been honored by the New York State AIDS Institute with two 2014 Commissioner’s Special Recognition Awards for her contributions to the fight against AIDS in New York State. The awards commended Ms. Chiu’s “superb work” over more than two decades managing the supplies contracts for the New York State Department of Health’s Syringe Access Initiatives, including its Syringe Exchange and Expanded Syringe Access Programs, the New York State Condom Program, the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, and the HIV and Hepatitis C Test Kit Programs.

At a ceremony in Albany on World AIDS Day, December 1, the AIDS Institute praised Ms. Chiu’s efforts to seamlessly ensure that harm reduction agencies statewide have the supplies they need to meet clients’ needs and commended her ability to negotiate lower prices for the supplies than those available through bulk purchases or New York State contracts. The awards were presented by Mark Hammer, the AIDS Institute’s director of program integration and special projects, and Johanne Morne, director of the office of planning and community affairs. “I was very surprised and excited, and humbled, to be nominated,” says Chiu. amfAR and Ms. Chiu have been responsible for administering the harm reduction supplies since the inception of the New York Syringe Exchange Programs in 1992.