Nationz Foundation was organized to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Our mission is to provide education and information related to HIV prevention and overall health and wellness, while inspiring the community to take responsibility for their health while working towards a more inclusive Central Virginia for LGBTQIA+ identified individuals.
We are located on the North Side of Richmond. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and every fourth Saturday from 10 am-1 pm. Nationz Foundation actively conducts club and street outreach to disseminate information to the community related to HIV and Cancer. To date we have distributed over 30,000 condoms. Nationz Foundation is committed to raising awareness of HIV/ STI's and social determinants affecting our city. Through careful planning and relationship building with other organizations in the area we hope to inspire healthier lifestyle choices and equip the community with the necessary tools to assist in those decisions.
Zakia K. McKensey/ Founder of Nationz Foundation
Zakia K. McKensey is a native of Richmond, VA. Zakia has over 15 years in the field of HIV prevention and education. She is a certified HIV Test Counselor, Prevention Educator, Advocate. She is a motivational speaker and Disease Intervention Specialist certified by the Centers of Disease Control.
From 2001 to 2010 she worked for Fan Free Clinic as MSM Club Outreach Specialist and later implemented the Transgender Clinic program there. This clinic was the first in Virginia funded with state funds under the Aids Service Education (ASE) Grant. Feeling a need to learn and do more Zakia moved on to Richmond City Health District in 2010. There she tested individuals for sexually transmitted diseases, conducted street and club outreach, interviewed patients as well as conducted partner services, to offer partners of positives testing. She has been instrumental in linking many positive HIV patients to care and support services as well as getting patients infected with Sexually Transmitted Infections proper treatment.
It is her hope to make a difference in the Transgender and L.G.B.T.Q community. By providing education to the community on STI's and HIV. She desires to erase the stigma of HIV/AIDS. The community based agency she has founded will offer HIV testing, condom distribution, referral services to other health care providers, employment assistance, and a food pantry.