Nationz Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was organized to provide education on HIV prevention, inspire the community to take responsibility for their health and wellness, and work towards a more inclusive Central Virginia for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
We are located at 1603 Santa Rosa Rd, Ste. 203, Henrico, VA 23229 on the bus line. Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and every fourth Saturday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Nationz Foundation actively conducts street outreach to spread information to the community related HIV and STI. To date, we have distributed over 1,000,000 condoms and other safe sex materials.
Nationz Foundation is committed to raising awareness of HIV/STIs 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 that increase wellness.
The Nationz Foundation is committed to providing a non-discriminatory atmosphere for its employees, clients and visitors. The policy of Nationz Foundation is to fully comply with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations in the area of non-discrimination in employment.
Discrimination against anyone due to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, military, and veteran status is prohibited.
Zakia K. McKensey is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and has over 15 years in the field of HIV prevention and education. She is a certified HIV Test Counselor, Prevention Educator, and Advocate. She is also a motivational speaker and Disease Intervention Specialist certified by the Centers for Disease Control.
From 2001 to 2010 she worked for Fan Free Clinic as a MSM Club Outreach Specialist and later implemented the Transgender Clinic program there. This clinic was the first state-funded program 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 outreach, interviewed patients, as well as conducted partner services to offer partners with positive testing.
She has been instrumental in linking many positive HIV patients to care and support services, as well as helping patients infected with STIs with the proper treatment. It is her hope to make a difference in the Transgender and L.G.B.T.Q community by providing education on STIs 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.
Nationz Foundation is honored to be funded by a variety of organizations that allow us to continue our work in the community. Because of this support, Nationz Foundation is able to build a healthier LGBTQIA+ community in Richmond!