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BTAN Coming to Northern California, Louisiana and South Florida!

May 8, 2012

BTAN: Black Treatment Advocates Network

In 2012, the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is excited to expand its efforts to Baton Rouge/New Orleans, Oakland/San Francisco, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale! The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is part of a commitment by the Black AIDS Institute to help raise HIV science literacy in Black communities.

BTAN aims to increase patient access to treatment and care, strengthen local leadership and advocate for policy change through its key objective: Build a trained network of Black HIV/AIDS advocates to share knowledge and lead efforts to improve the bridge into quality HIV care and treatment for Black Americans.

BTAN Objectives include supporting the link to the healthcare system and the bridge into quality care and treatment, improving the science literacy of Black HIV treatment advocates and service-providers, dispelling the myths about care and treatment, knowledgably participate in advisory boards, mobilize greater peer advocacy and organizational leadership, participate in a network of Black advocates that can support and motivate each other and promote activities and accomplishments of members. BTAN's intensive HIV science and advocacy trainings consist of two 3-day sessions covering a range of HIV/AIDS topics including testing resources, treatment strategies, linkage to care and community mobilization.

The first 3-day training focuses on science and treatment and the second three day training focuses on community mobilization. The training provides a critical mass of Black HIV-providers and community members a curriculum that is versed in the science, treatment, and advocacy components of HIV. This core group of individuals that attend the trainings will become the "local BTAN Network" in each city.

We are currently accepting applications for:

BTAN Baton Rouge/New Orleans -- Locally hosted by Priority Health Care Inc.
May 30 - June 1 & August 22-24

BTAN Bay Area (California) -- Locally hosted by Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry
June 6-8 & August 27-29

BTAN South Florida -- Locally hosted by South Beach AIDS Project
June 27-29 & August 8-10

For more information about BTAN, please contact programs@blackaids.org




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