HIV 50+ Strong and Healthy is an NMAC program currently operating in several cities across the United States. To accomplish this, NMAC offers support and engagement opportunities to individuals living with HIV who are over the age of fifty who are struggling with isolation and in need to overcome depression. Through the HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy program, scholars find/affirm their purpose, expand their scope, and give them the chance to become active and productive individuals in their respective communities.
One of the first activities of the HIV 50+ Strong and Healthy Program is for scholars to attend the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), held September 6-9 in Orlando, FL. During the conference, HIV 50+ Strong and Healthy Scholars will participate in sessions meant to advance their leadership skills, build confidence, enhance their advocacy skills, increase their knowledge, teach new ways to leverage their expertise as well as prioritize the unique concerns of long-term HIV survivors within HIV/AIDS programs and policies in their communities and provide the opportunity to network with their peers and the HIV community at large.
One of the culminating activities is the HIV 50+ Mini Grant Program which works to support our HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy Scholars as they become more involved in their communities and have them develop and implement projects to educate and engage people living and aging with HIV in their need to connect with other peers.
Grantees are affiliated with or work for a community-based organization or community health clinic that serves people of color living with HIV aged 50 or above. They also have strong ties and working experience in their communities and are committed to continue outreach, educational and engagement activities for their peers living and aging with HIV.