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BABES Self Care Retreat and Upcoming Events!

1 Feb

Join us for the BABES Annual One Day Retreat for HIV+ Women!


Everyone needs a day filled with rest and relaxation…including you! That’s why, on February 25th, from 10am – 4pm, BABES Network is hosting our Annual One Day Retreat in Downtown Seattle! Come for a day of massages, games, and gift bags – while also learning about self defense, cervical and breast health, and dating and disclosure. A special thanks to Abbott Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring this event and providing lunch. Call BABES to RSVP and check out our February calendar/flyer!


 Thursday, March 8th

You are invited to attend the BABES Health Fair and Discussion Panel!

YWCA – 1118 Fifth Ave – Seattle

Health Fair Discussion 4pm – Panel 6:00pm

Bring your daughters, sisters, friends, cousins and neighbors to learn more about HIV services and women’s health services in the Seattle area. Also learn about how providers in the community work with HIV+ women and hear real stories from real BABES in your community!


Taking Action: A Women’s Health and Wellness Fair

Free HIV testing, health information and screenings, raffle prizes, snacks, entertainment, discussion panel and more! Everyone is welcome! Please call BABES Network for questions @ 206-720-5566.

Made possible by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office on Women’s Health.



YWCA Inspire Luncheons are quickly approaching and BABES Network needs people interested in being Table Captains at the luncheons. Program Manager Nicole Price will be a table captain, so please contact her to sit at her table! BABES Network tables can designate their donations directly to the BABES Network program. The suggested donation for the luncheons is $150, and they are fabulous opportunities to learn more about the YWCA, and to support BABES Network in the process!

Fall 2011 Newsletter and Events!

1 Nov

Exciting events going on in November at BABES Network!

Check out the Fall 2011 Newsletter to read the submissions from BABES members from their 5-week Writers and Poets workshop with Caroline Brown! We would like to thank the BABES members who participated for sharing their beautiful pieces with the BABES Community.

Calling all HIV+ women! We have a training coming up you definitely won’t want to miss!  U.S. Positive Women’s Network is coming to Seattle for an all-day Communications, Media and Policy Training – Saturday, November 19th from 9-5pm at the YWCA on Fifth and Seneca! For more details check out the newsletter and call the BABES staff to get your name on the list. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please also ask about free parking spots when calling to RSVP.

Also in November join us for our Annual Harvest Dinner Friday, November 11th from 6-8pm. Dr. Javeed Sidiqqui from Sacramento, CA. will be the speaker and as usual we will have a full Thanksgiving style dinner. The event will take place at the YWCA 5th and Seneca Multipurpose room. Please feel free to bring a guest and make sure to RSVP to BABES. This event made possible by ViiV Healthcare.

From the staff and volunteers at BABES Network-YWCA we would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

August 2011 News and Updates

26 Jul


This month’s August 2011 BABES Talking Newsletter features members’ reflections from BABES Annual Leadership Retreat, updates on program changes and upcoming summer events.

Newsletter highlights include info about our upcoming Annual Picnic, sponsored by Windermere Foundation.  We hope you can join us for some BBQ, fun times and sunshine (fingers crossed) on Saturday, August 6th, 11am-3pm at lower Woodland Park, shelter 1!

Advocacy Opportunity Alert! We’re excited to host the 2nd HIV Law Project/ U.S. Positive Women’s Network Webinar: Government and Decision Making Bodies 101 .  This training is for HIV positive women interested in advocacy.  Come meet other peer advocates on Tuesday, August 9th 9am-12pm at BABES.  Please let us know if you are able to make it!

Welcome to our new, fabulous BABES site

13 Jul

This site was unvieled in mid-July.  Please give us feedback on what we can do better! 

Program updates:

Our 2011 Leadership Retreat was made possible with support from Pride Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Bristol Meyers Squibb, Ms Foundation for Women and many more generous supporters.

Leadership Retreat July 2011

We just returned from our Annual Leadership Retreat.  This year’s retreat was especially well-attended, empowering and reached a dynamic group of 32 consumer advocates.  Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and presenters including Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD, assistant medical director at Madison Clinic at Harborview and Linda Scruggs from AIDS Alliance for children, youth and families.  

Linda Scruggs, Nicole Price and Pat Migliore at Leadership Retreat 2011

Attendees actively engaged in leadership workshops facilitated by national AIDS Advocates and Positive Women’s Network members Linda Scruggs and Pat Migliore.  It was a wonderful kick-off to future leadership trainings by and for women living with HIV. 

Next week we welcome Nicole Price as the new Program Manager.  We’re thrilled that Nicole has accepted the position.  She brings 7 years experience working at BABES as a peer leader and event coordinator.  She has attended numerous trainings around the country and is well-respected here in the local HIV/AIDS community.  Please join us in welcoming Nicole into this new role!

Signing off,

Amelia Vader, Program Manager for now