About Us

Our history

Empowering lives,
Embracing health

Over three decades ago, AH of Monroe County, Inc., formerly known as AIDS Help, began its journey on a humble back porch among a group of concerned individuals. Their mission was simple: to confront the darkness of HIV and AIDS and ensure that no one faced the end alone.

What started as a compassionate response to the AIDS crisis quickly evolved into a broader commitment to helping individuals not just survive, but thrive.

Did you know?

Monroe County has 560 people currently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, of which approximately 3/4 are receiving care.

Today, AH Monroe continues to be a beacon of hope, supporting individuals affected by HIV and AIDS while also taking on new challenges. 

We are grateful for our community partners, dedicated supporters, volunteers, and staff who have played a vital role in our progress. However, there is still much work ahead.

Our vision

An HIV-free generation

Years of Service

AH Monroe is driven by a shared vision of health and well-being for all. Through our specialized care for HIV/AIDS, we are committed to empowering individuals, fostering resilience, and building a thriving, inclusive Florida Keys community. Let’s build a brighter future, together.

Clients Served

HIV Tests

(last 12 months)

%

of Clients are below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level

Leadership

Stewardship of our agency

Rebecca Balcer

President

Laurie McChesney

Vice President

E. Scott Pridgen

Executive Director

Neil Chamberlain

Treasurer

Gregory S. Oropeza, Esq.

Secretary

Stephen Aube

Board Member

Juan Benitez

Board Member

David Campbell-O’Dell

Board Member

Christopher Elwell

Board Member

Donna Feldman

Board Member

Jennifer Hughes

Board Member

Samuel Kaufman

Board Member

Stuart Kaufman

Board Member

Jacqueline Luhta

Board Member

John Spottswood III

Board Member

Dawn Thornburgh

Board Member

Marcus Varner

Board Member

Stephen Aube

Board Member

Juan Benitez

Board Member

David Campbell-O’Dell

Board Member

Christopher Elwell

Board Member

Donna Feldman

Board Member

Jennifer Hughes

Board Member

Samuel Kaufman

Board Member

Stuart Kaufman

Board Member

Jacqueline Luhta

Board Member

John Spottswood III

Board Member

Dawn Thornburgh

Board Member

Marcus Varner

Board Member

Our Team

It takes a village

Our dedicated team works tirelessly to make AH Health a reality. Together, we form a compassionate and skilled village committed to empowering lives and fostering a thriving Florida Keys community.

National HIV Testing Day is June 27!
Free HIV Testing throughout the Keys!

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