September 20, 2010
The Black AIDS Institute (The Institute), My Brother's Keeper and other local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) across the country have partnered to launch the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN). BTAN, the only collaboration of its kind, will train and mobilize a team of treatment advocates with a mission of linking Black Americans with HIV into care and treatment, and strengthening local and national leadership, raising HIV science literacy in Black communities, and advocating for policy and research priorities.
As its first major initiative, BTAN is working with local ASOs in a small number of high prevalence, resource-limited communities across the country. Training sessions have already occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas.
The BTAN Jackson, Mississippi training, open to individuals working in the HIV/AIDS field, will take place from Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 1, 2010 at the MBK Wellness Center located at 500 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave. M, Jackson, MS 39216. For more information on participating in the training please call 877-757-AIDS, visit the BTAN web page, or e-mail our programs department.
The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is a dynamic national network laying the foundation for a new era in Black American HIV/AIDS advocacy. BTAN addresses the disproportionate impact HIV/AIDS has on the Black community by focusing on training, mobilizing and connecting influential peers to improve HIV/AIDS treatment and care for Black Americans.