Chip R. Eakins

Biography

          Chip R. Eakins is the Advocacy Coordinator for The Philadelphia Center, a nonprofit organization in Shreveport, Louisiana that provides housing and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS as well as education, outreach, and testing.  The Philadelphia Center serves NW Louisiana in the surrounding parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Red River, De Soto, Sabine, and Natchitoches.

          Chip currently serves on the Board of Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network (LAAN) whose mission is to educate and train advocates and activists. LAAN coordinates and sponsors Legislative Awareness Day each year at the state capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Chip is a member of Louisiana HIV Planning Group which serves to strategically plan and make recommendations to public health officials. This includes things like PrEP education as prevention and the goal of making PrEP affordable and easy to access. We also work to decriminalize HIV in Louisiana.  

          Nationally, Chip works with various organizations with the same goal of ending stigma and the decriminalization of HIV. Due to a grant from the Elton John Aids Foundation he is able to travel to Washington DC to represent his community and meet with various legislators, senators, and representative’s regarding the issues of people who are living with HIV.

          Chip has done webinars, served on panels, and is always available to speak at educational /social events.
Chip is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University with a BS in Business. He received his MA in communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.