The National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) grew out of the Working Positive Summit Conference in Philadelphia in April 2003. The Conference goal was to share information about evidence-based and experience-based best practices in employment services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The conference participants, including many of the country's service providers, researchers and educators in the field of HIV and employment, decided to continue working together as a national organization which became the National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC).
For people living with HIV/AIDS, the National Working Positive Coalition:
- Promotes research, development and implementation of effective practices in employment services
- Coordinates sharing and dissemination of this information
- Advocates for work options and opportunities
The NWPC shares the following values and will promote these values in our work:
- People with HIV/AIDS have the right to explore and engage in work opportunities as a central function of their efforts to live full, independent and satisfying lives.
- Individual choices of people living with HIV/AIDS related to work must be respected. The diversity of positive work outcomes including, but not limited to, paid employment must be recognized.
- Vocational services must be responsive to the diversity of work experiences and cultural backgrounds of people living with HIV.
- Consumer choice and control of decision-making related to work must be the foundation of services, research, program design and policy-making.
- People with HIV/AIDS must have access to necessary supports to explore, consider, pursue and engage in work. Systemic barriers to the vocational development of people with HIV/AIDS must be removed.
- Individual experiences of living with HIV and transitioning to work are non-linear and change over time. Any service, research, program design or policy related to HIV and work must take this dynamic into account.
- Communication, cooperation and collaboration are essential between people with HIV/AIDS and those who are crucial to positive outcomes for people with HIV/AIDS. The NWPC respects the unique contributions of all.