Miss Universe 2021 Andrea Meza with Latino Commission officials | Photo Troi Santos
NEW YORK — The Latino Commission on AIDS has named Miss Universe 2021 Andrea Meza, as its 2021 “Madrina,” Sept. 18, the organization’s ambassador to help promote HIV and AIDS education and prevention during a media reception held at Rosa Mexicano in Union Square. The Hispanic Federation, a premier Latino non-profit membership organization, was co-presenter.
In her role as Madrina, Meza will lend her voice during appearances with the Latino Commission on AIDS to educate and promote HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention within the Latino community throughout the U.S.
“As we culminate our 30th anniversary and enter a new era of providing holistic health care services and advocacy for the Latino community in New York, the South, and across the country, we are so grateful to have the participation of Miss Universe Andrea Meza and we welcome her to the family!,” said Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network. “I want to thank the Miss Universe Organization for continuing their commitment to our cause. It is with such dedication and recommitment to education, prevention and stigma reduction efforts that we can ultimately end HIV and design a world without AIDS.”
Meza said she was honored to support the Latino Commission on AIDS and its mission to defeat HIV as its official Madrina or Godmother. “I am motivated by the Commission’s attention to continuing its work to educate our youth and new generations about how to prevent HIV infection and access treatment if needed,” said Meza. “While it’s been 40 years since the initial case of AIDS was discovered, the virus is still among us and I want to encourage everyone who is sexually active to know the facts about HIV and to get tested.”
Meza will be introduced as the Commission’s Madrina at its Cielo Gala event on October 15, 2021, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. According to the organizers, the gala will culminate the Commission’s commemoration of 30 years of service and launch a new era of service and commitment to meet the challenges ahead. The Commission said that all guests would have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend the event.
The Cielo Gala is a robust platform to recognize the work of those who support the Commission’s goals. The Latino Commission on AIDS, founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), addressing stigma in the Hispanic/Latinx community.
The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Latinos in the South, the Latino Religious Leadership Program, and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories. The Commission is also the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to addressing health disparities.