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Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative
Harnessing the Strength of African-American Organizations to Fight HIV and AIDS

April 7, 2009

As part of CDC's new Act Against AIDS communication campaign, CDC has launched a $10 million, five-year partnership with 14 of the nation's leading African-American organizations. The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African-American institutions to increase HIV-related awareness, knowledge, and action within black communities across the United States.

African-Americans face the most severe rates of HIV and AIDS in the nation. While blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent nearly half of the 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year and half of the more than 14,000 AIDS deaths each year.

While many AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to addressing HIV among African-Americans, the new initiative will enable each group to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities. The 14 organizations were chosen based on demonstrated reach, credibility, and influence at the national, regional and local community level, as well as the ability to effectively reach African-Americans at risk through established communication platforms.

The program will work to equip each organization with the resources needed to deliver consistent and sustainable HIV prevention programs through its extensive outreach networks. Each organization will use AAALI funds to support an HIV coordinator who will work through the organization's membership networks to disseminate Act Against AIDS campaign materials and other HIV prevention services. AAALI partners represent a broad spectrum of the black community and will conduct a wide range of communication, mobilization, and outreach activities. Examples include:

AAALI is designed to create a network of organizations that reach through multiple sectors of the African-American community -- civic, business, media, and education -- to help accelerate HIV prevention efforts and reduce the severe burden of HIV and AIDS among black men, women, and children across the nation.

Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative Partner Organizations

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