We are dedicated to empowering communities through change, one voice at a time
Who We Are & What We Do
Poz Haven Foundation, was founded in 2015 and incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2017. The only organization in Nevada led by a Black woman living with HIV, our goal has been to inspire all people living and affected by HIV in obtaining access to care, and treatment. Particularly Black women by giving an enclave of love and hope where people can feel safe.
Poz Haven has worked hard over the years, almost entirely funded by our founder Davina Conner-Otalor with small sponsorship from Gilead, AHF, Huntridge family clinic, Prevention Access Campaign, Positively U Inc, Golden Rainbow, The Well Project and The Center for HIV Law and Policy for projects and events.
Davina’s power to influence all women has been the organization’s energy to keep going.
Strive to empower and focus more on the “life in their years” and not the “years in their life.”
Our mission is to engage the community, people living with HIV, and those affected by HIV, especially women but also put our focus more on Black women. To change their attitudes and views regarding the virus.
With the help of volunteers and the board, our organization will continue to succeed in reaching the community and several programs implemented by Poz Haven targeted a variety of methodologies to achieve our goals.
This is to ensure the community knows how important it is to take care of their sexual health and that those living with HIV who were once in care return to care. We do this by partnering with Community Based Organizations, health departments, and community members, as we work together emphasizing the importance of getting tested and having an undetectable viral load (U=U).
Our So So’s Haven program distributes over 2000 condoms a year to our sex workers. We offer one-on-one mentoring virtually, in-person, or over the phone for those women who are struggling with their diagnosis and offer a women's support group. We enjoy having our community events and partnering with other community-based organizations. We also provide support services by referring clients (referrals) with resources to other organizations to get their needs met as soon as possible. We offer to the community and organizations educational workshops and presentations on stigma, U=U, HIV 101, Black women, and HIV and why HIV affects certain populations more.
Right now, we are working on a women’s retreat called Enclave of Love and Hope Retreat and an African support group since we know that there is not much support for the African community here in Las Vegas.