Island resident named a Hero in Action

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In its fourth annual Heroes in Action celebration, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts has honored Island resident Rebecca Haag as a hero in the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Each year the committee, New England’s first AIDS service organization, selects those who have made outstanding contributions towards action against AIDS and HIV in Massachusetts. Along with Ms. Haag, Bisola Ojikutu, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Michael Roffi, owner of Roffi Salon and Day Spa, were also honored in this year’s ceremony, which was held at Fenway Park’s EMC Club on Monday, June 23. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren presented the awards.

Ms. Haag, MBA, has worked as the President and CEO of the AIDS Action Committee from 2003-2014. During her time with the committee she has been a leading member of the group of national AIDS plan advocates during the 2008 presidential elections, the efforts of which led to the nation’s 2010 approach to managing the HIV/AIDS crisis. From 2005-2010 Ms. Haag was a leader on the AIDS Action Council in Washington, D.C., which joined with the National AIDS Fund in 2011 and became AIDS United, now one of the largest organizations in the country to serve on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS.

The committee’s Executive Director, Carl Sciortino, was quoted in a press release as saying, “Because of [this year’s Heroes], Massachusetts is a leader in slowing the spread of the virus and improving the health of those living with HIV and AIDS. Their commitment, compassion, and know-how inspire us to work even harder toward ending this epidemic in our lifetime.”