NMAC’s formal mission is to leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America.
NMAC represents a coalition of 3,000 faith based and community based organizations as well as HIV Service organizations advocating and delivering HIV services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials.
NMAC’s mission is supported by strong programmatic divisions that are all dedicated to fostering leadership within communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These divisions include:
Capacity Building provides capacity building assistance to improve the ability of community-based organizations, health departments, and community planning groups to operate optimally and become sustainable entities in order to reduce the burden of HIV infection in the United States. The goal of Capacity Building is to effectively address the varying environmental changes, constituent needs, and funder priorities as well as to optimize NMAC’s ability to be strategically positioned for new endeavors. Capacity Building implements programming that incorporates effective strategies for organizational change management, transformative leadership, cultural intelligence, social media and emerging technologies.
Through Conferences’ work, NMAC facilitates various national conferences and meetings that bring together the most prominent leaders in the HIV community. NMAC’s Conferences Division also organizes the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), the largest HIV-related gathering in the country.
Over 3,000 workers representing all fronts of the HIV epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) and policymakers—come together to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to end this epidemic.
Treatment works to ensure all minorities living with and at risk for HIV are aware of cutting edge developments in treatment, including treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis, and are prepared for the resulting paradigm shifts. NMAC is developing evidence-based treatment education programs, learning from previous models that were developed after the advent of ARVs and combination therapy. Communities of color bear the heaviest burden of HIV in the U.S., and must be at the center of any efforts to expand treatment, including for purposes of prevention.
NMAC is supported by various divisions that ensure the structural and financial health of the agency so that it can further its mission. These include: The Executive Office, Development Division, Human Resources and Finance Division, which is outsourced.