NMAC Announces the Building Leaders of Color (BLOC) 2017-2018 Program

NMAC is looking for people of color living with HIV who are dedicated to leading on HIV issues in their communities to participate in its BLOC program. These leaders must be willing to serve as representatives in their local communities by actively engaging in decision-making processes to ensure services for people of color living with HIV are created and protected.

The 2017-2018 BLOC program will select 90 leaders of color living with HIV who are ages 18 and older. The BLOC program is designed to identify new, emerging, and seasoned leaders of color living with HIV with the goal of cultivating, supporting, and training them to be full, active, and engaged participants on planning bodies, medical and support care teams, boards of directors, and other entities meant to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Goals. In the new year, the BLOC Program will host the following comprehensive trainings:

  • One (1) national training for transgender women of color living with HIV.
  • Three (3) regional trainings for people of color living with HIV.
  • NEW!!!BLOC Youth.  One (1) – youth focused leadership program where we will recruit and train young up-and-coming leaders of color living with HIV. This program is designed for those between the ages of 18-24.
  • One (1) Train the Trainer (TOT) Session for selected program graduates and Ryan White Part A & B grantees (applications coming soon)

 Applications for the BLOC program are now being accepted through October 15, 2017. To be considered for the program we encourage you to apply now via the below link.

To learn more about the program, NMAC is offering BLOC Application Introduction Webinars. These webinars are meant to inform you about BLOC programming and expectations. To receive more information about these register at the following link:

October 2, 2017 & October 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST

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What’s in it for You?

Selected participants will:
  • Learn skills and information important to the wellness, leadership, and personal/professional development of people of color living with HIV.
  • Engage in innovative leadership development sessions focusing on national public health trends, policies, and directives focused on impacting the domestic response to HIV.
  • Become part of a growing national community of people living with HIV (PLHIV) dedicated to creating better systems and institutions for PLHIV.
  • Have access to leading national PLHIV coalitions, nonprofit leaders, as well as federal agencies working on behalf of people living with HIV.
  • Receive coaching and mentoring from seasoned PLHIV leaders and gain several other skills and opportunities to support leadership goals.

For additional information and resources for the BLOC Program please visit www.blochiv.org.

Yours in the Struggle,

Linda H. Scruggs MHS, Consultant
Acting Director,  Leadership Pipeline

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under contract number U69HA304700100. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.