Washington, DC – Today, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) announced that it has received a five-year award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its innovative capacity building services for community based organizations (CBOs), specifically those working to implement the agency’s community-level High Impact Prevention initiatives. Reflecting the priorities of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, NMAC’s efforts will focus on reducing new HIV infections, expanding access to health care and mitigating health disparities, specifically within communities that are most heavily impacted by this epidemic including, African Americans, Latinos and gay and bisexual men.
Funded under the CDC cooperative agreement PS14-1403: Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention, NMAC’s Linking and Integrating Networks for Collaboration (LINC) will advance the goals of Community High Impact Prevention (CHIP) by supporting CBOs as they shift their programmatic efforts to align with this new initiative, emphasizing scalable, cost-effective interventions with demonstrated potential to reduce new HIV infections and yield the maximum impact. Capacity building services will focus on three main areas of development, including Prevention with HIV-Positive Persons, Prevention with High Risk HIV-Negative Persons, and Organizational Development and Sustainability.
“For more than 26 years, NMAC has worked to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said NMAC Deputy Executive Director Daniel C. Montoya. “At the center of that mission, has always been a focus on helping organizations and service providers on the front lines of our struggle against this disease expand their knowledge, skills and capacity to reach those populations most severely impacted. In 1989, NMAC was one of the first national minority organizations funded by the CDC to provide organizational development CBA for HIV prevention organizations serving minority communities. We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with the CDC and advance our joint vision of realizing an AIDS-free generation.”
“Our national response to HIV is in a period of incredible and historic sector transformation,” added NMAC Director of Community Advancement and Leadership Strategies Kim Johnson. “While these changes offer a unique opportunity to make significant progress in our struggle to end this epidemic, a myriad of factors, from science, economics, politics, and social inequalities have put increasing pressure on our nation’s CBOs as they work to provide the critical services necessary to realize that goal. Given these opportunities and challenges, the provision of innovative, scalable and culturally competent capacity building services is more important than ever. Our staff looks forward to continuing and building upon our proven track record of helping CBOs manage these transformations and ensuring that minority communities receive the most effective services available to combat this disease.”
Kyle Murphy, (202) 803-8027/ firstname.lastname@example.org