A Brief History of PWA
Positive Wellness Alliance is a community-based AIDS service organization serving Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties.
Positive Wellness Alliance began in 1992 as the AIDS Advisory Council of Davidson County. In 2001, the name was changed to Positive Wellness Alliance (PWA) in an effort to remove the stigma and discrimination evident in the original name. The agency was formed when members of the community became alarmed with the high HIV infection rate in Davidson County. As a result, a monthly support group for people living with HIV/AIDS was started. PWA provided transportation for clients to attend support groups and medical appointments. Clients in Davidson County could contact case management agencies in Winston-Salem via telephone. Those agencies also held office hours in Lexington a half day per week.
In 1994, PWA incorporated services and expanded to have an office in Lexington full-time. Funding was secured to hire an Executive Director to be responsible for management of daily operations, including development, fundraising, and the provision of case management. In addition to the Executive Director due to the growing number of HIV infections in Davidson county a full-time case manager position was created and filled in August of 2001.
In early 2004, PWA decided to expand its HIV Case Management program into Forsyth, Yadkin and Davie counties. The agency received funding for one year from the Winston-Salem Foundation to hire a full-time case manager for Forsyth County. As a result, beginning in October of 2004, the agency opened a satellite office in Winston-Salem, where case management was dedicated solely to serving persons living in Forsyth and Yadkin counties. In 2010, PWA received additional funding through Carolina Cares Partnership HOPWA program, which enabled us to expand our service area into Iredell and Rowan counties.
Now, over 25 years later, we have grown to providing exceptional services in the eight counties of our Region. The mission and vision of Positive Wellness Alliance will continue to grow as we seek new opportunities to support, educate and empower the lives of our clients, their communities, and the Region-at-large.