NMAC proudly announces the Building Leaders of Color/ Formando líderes de color (BLOC) en español virtual training program this July 19- 23, 2021 (10am -3PM CST). The main goal of BLOC en español is to increase the meaningful participation of Persons of Color with HIV who are prepared to engage in leadership roles and activities related to HIV service delivery in their communities. The training will be facilitated in Spanish.
BLOC en español is designed in Spanish to provide language justice and cultural humility to the Latinx community. The program also utilizes NMAC’s new learning management system (the HIV-E virtual platform) and a tutorial prior will be provided. BLOC en español’s learning objectives include:
- Leadership development for community engagement including defining traits and characteristics of leaders
- Developing a community lens on the forms of stigmas including enacted and layered stigma
- What are and how to use health numeracy, measurement tools, and patient support tools for planning
- Developing skills to effectively be engaged in surveillance, evaluation, calculations, data analysis, and performance measurements as a community leader
- Increase knowledge of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and other planning bodies for involvement
- Elaborate leadership opportunities considering self-care
- Develop individualized action goals and goal statements for seeking leadership opportunities
After completing the program participants are encouraged to engage in the planning process with a local community group serving persons living with HIV such as, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program planning bodies. The program is available for all people with HIV (PWH) who reside in the U.S and territories whose primary language is Spanish. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients are highly encouraged to apply. The program will recruit up to 20 participants.
Apply by Wednesday, July 15th, 2021, using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BLOC_Enationwide
For more information contact: Cora Trelles Cartagena (She/Ella), HIV Systems Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-870-0481. Please visit us at nmac.org, Twitter/Facebook: @NMACCommunity and Instagram: @nmachiv.
BLOC en español: Ahora disponible a NIVEL NACIONAL
NMAC se enorgullece en anunciar el programa virtual de capacitación, Building Leaders of Color/ Formando líderes de color (BLOC) en español este julio 19- 23, 2021 (10am-3PM CST). El objetivo principal de BLOC en español es incrementar la participación significativa de personas de color con VIH quienes están preparadas para asumir roles de liderazgo y actividades relacionadas a la prestación de servicios de HIV en sus comunidades. La capacitación es facilitada en español.
BLOC en español ha sido diseñado en español para proveer justicia de lenguaje y humildad cultural a la comunidad latinx. La capacitación también utiliza el nuevo sistema para el manejo de enseñanza de NMAC (la plataforma virtual HIV-E) y un tutorial será ofrecido antes del programa. Los objetivos de aprendizaje de BLOC en español incluyen:
- Desarrollo de liderazgo para interactuar con la comunidad incluyendo características y rasgos de lideres
- Desarrollo de un lente comunitario sobre las formas de estigma incluyendo el estigma promulgado y el estigma de capas múltiples.
- Entendimiento de cuales son y como se usan conceptos numéricos, herramientas de medidas de cálculo y herramientas para planificación de apoyo a pacientes.
- Desarrollar habilidades como líder comunitario sobre como participar efectivamente en la vigilancia, evaluación, el cálculo, el análisis de datos y la medición del desempeño
- Aumentar el conocimiento sobre el Programa Ryan White de VIH/SIDA y otros grupos de planificación para oportunidades de participación significativa.
- Elaborar sobre oportunidades de liderazgo considerando el autocuidado
Desarrollar metas de acción individualizadas y declaraciones de metas para identificar oportunidades de liderazgo
Después de terminar la capacitación, alentamos a los participantes a comprometerse en el proceso de la toma de decisiones y planificación de servicios en grupos comunitarios que sirva a personas con VIH (PWH, por sus siglas en inglés), como los consejos de planificación del Programa Ryan White de VIH/SIDA. La capacitación está disponible para personas con VIH (PWH, por sus siglas en inglés) que vivan en Estados Unidos y territorios, y cuyo lenguaje primario es español. Se sugiere la participación de personas que reciben servicios del Programa Ryan White de VIH/SIDA. Esta capacitación reclutará hasta 20 participantes.
Por favor solicitar antes del miércoles, julio 15, 2021 utilizando el siguiente enlace:
Para más información contactar a Cora Trelles Cartagena (Ella/She), Coordinadora de sistemas de VIH a email@example.com o al 202-870-0481.
Visite nuestra página web nmac.org, Twitter/Facebook: @NMACCommunity e Instagram: @nmachiv.
The Building Leaders of Color (BLOC) en español program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $550,000 with 100% percentage funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
|ESCALATE is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,600,906.100 percentage funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.|
By Moisés Agosto-Rosario, NMAC Director of Treatment
NMAC celebrates and honors HIV Long-Term HIV Long Term Survivors (HLTS) by raising awareness of their needs, issues, and journeys. For those who lived through the early days of the HIV epidemic, AIDS at 40 years is the future we never imagined. Our lives were full of uncertainties and fear. We were afraid of the possibility of being the next one to get sick and die. We took care of our friends and served our community fearlessly. We created HIV services by responding to our HIV+ brothers and sisters’ needs; we organized and mobilized by forming coalitions like the People with AIDS Coalition (PWAC), Body Positive (BP), and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash the Power (ACT UP). We created national organizations in Washington DC to advocate with us. Organizations like the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the American Foundation For AIDS Research (AmfAR), and the AIDS Action Council and Foundation (today known as AIDS United) developed an HIV policy plan. They lobbied Congress and the federal government for funding and better provision of services.
We shook government institutions through direct action, demonstrating against the government silence and inaction, pushing them to do the right thing. We became scientists and, with knowledge, demanded drugs into bodies and had a tangible impact on the development of HIV medicines. We created principles to empower ourselves and assert our right to “be involved at every level of decision-making and specifically serve on the boards of directors of provider organizations” and “not to be labeled as “victims,” a term which implies defeat.” I can go on and list the challenges and successes of the HIV community through the past 40 years with long-term survivors front and center. We are the reason we have treatment that has impacted our lifespan, allowing us to live longer and healthy lives. Long-term survivors should always be the foundation and the guiding principle for anyone in the HIV movement advocating or providing services.
Those of us aging with HIV and over 50 (HIV50+) are now the community’s elders. The HIV professional field and political movement were created by us and for us. Sadly, today it seems that we have been forgotten, and many of the elder HIV long-term survivors that once were warriors today are alone and in isolation. Our first HIV warriors are the long-term survivors we honor today and the first group of HIV+ people aging and over the age of 50. HLTS need science and research to understand the biology and medical treatment of aging with HIV, and health care that addresses multi-morbidities and develops standards of care and provision of services appropriate for this aging community. Today is a day to honor and reflect on what has been and will continue to be the role and contribution of the HIV 50+/HLTS. It is a day to renew our commitment to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), learn and implement the Denver Principles; it is a day to recognize and facilitate and empower PLWHA to be at the decision-making tables, as it should be. Long-term survivors are the guiding principle and light to illuminate the path and the action we take to end the HIV epidemic.
Following is a statement from NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata on “Pose” star Billy Porter’s disclosure of his HIV status.
“NMAC applauds Billy Porter on his disclosure of his HIV status. At NMAC, we know how much stigma around HIV cripples our ability to end the epidemic. It’s what keeps people from talking with their partners about HIV. It’s what keeps people from protecting themselves because they don’t feel worthy. It’s what keeps people away from doctors, clinics, and testing sites. And it perpetuates feelings of shame and deepens depression and poor self-esteem. As an award-winning actor, the lead of a hit TV show, and a gay man of color, Billy Porter’s disclosure can have a big impact on HIV stigma, particularly in communities of color where it remains a major obstacle.
“We are so happy that this disclosure is bringing him a sense of relief and release of pain and trauma. Billy is an amazing actor, singer, dancer, and now role model for people of color living with or affected by HIV. We look forward to having him as a partner in the fight against HIV.”
NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: www.nmac.org. NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.
I made a mistake in last week’s piece on the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). I believe good leadership is owning your mistakes and working to fix it. As you probably know, I am not an epidemiologist. However, NMAC will always follow the data and the science and the data I shared last week did not capture the impact that MAI has by race/ethnicity. Here is the corrected data that I received: