Barbara Joseph

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Ms. Joseph has been an inspiration in the field of HIV/AIDS.  She has devoted herself to addressing the continued spread of HIV/STD transmission in Houston, TX communities of color.  Ms. Joseph, who is an ardent self-disclosed HIV positive individual continues to be an advocate, particularly emphasizing the need for prevention and treatment for women of color.  Ms. Joseph have actively participated in street outreach and meeting the people where they are.  She was one of the first members of Houston’s State of Emergency Task Force

In 1998, Ms. Joseph assisted with creating and developing Houston's first community non-profit primary medical clinic, Donald R. Watkins Memorial Foundation for HIV/AIDS care in African American communities.

In 1999 Ms. Joseph established Positive Efforts, Inc. A non-profit in response to a growing need for African American to receive education and have the ability to know their status.  Ms. Joseph has been in the field for more than 25 years providing services.

In 2000 she was the Principle Investigator for Houston implementing Project Rapid Assessment Response Evaluation (Project RARE), which was funded by the Department of Health & Human Services (Washington D.C.) that provided an in-depth look at high risk geographic locations known for emerging increases in HIV/AIDS prevalence and substance abusing activities through face-to-face recorded interviews.  Ms. Joseph is also noted as being instrumental for implementing comprehensive policies and procedures which resulted in the Minority AIDS Initiative.  These recommendations are still being utilized by the Ryan White Planning Council processes today

Because of Ms. Joseph's continued work in the community, a medical facility was named in her and Ella Hines honor in 2001, thus the founding of “Joseph-Hines Medical Clinic”. 

Ms. Joseph was invited to participate in the First National Conclave on HIV/AIDS Policy for Black Clergy, held at Time Warner Center in New York, NY.  The Purpose of this conclave was to assemble One Hundred fifty of our nation's top African -American Leaders from the fields of religion, behavioral science, and medicine to participate in a strategic policy session on HIV/AIDS.  Based on Ms. Joseph's history and tradition of service to communities for African descent, she was chosen as one of the hundred and fifty participants.  This event was held October 8-9, 2007. 

On March 22, 2008 at the Westin Galleria, Ms. Joseph was honored by Ebony Magazine and the makers of Pine-Sol as one of four African American Women that are making a difference in our communities at Ebony’s Sister speak Luncheon Series which celebrates the unique sisterhood of African-American women.  In July 2008 Ms. Joseph was featured in Ebony Magazine. 

Currently, Ms. Joseph is affiliated with many organizations locally, and national organizations.  She currently the chair of the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network and the Founder/Executive Director of Positive Efforts, Inc.

Ms. Joseph is the proud mother on one daughter and two grandchildren.