Applications for 2011 Cohort Now Open
Deadline Extended to Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Black AIDS Institute is pleased to announce applications for the 2011 African American HIV University Community Mobilization College (AAHU CMC) are now available. Aimed at strengthening organizational and individual capacity to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities, the AAHU is a comprehensive training and internship fellowship program. The program is designed to decrease stigma and misperception and increase the engagement of the Black community in HIV prevention and treatment services. This is achieved through leadership development and information transfer among key stakeholders.
The CMC curriculum prepares community-based and AIDS service organizations (CBOs/ASOs) to engage traditional Black institutions (TBIs) such as churches, civil rights and social organizations, Black political leaders, sororities/fraternities, academia and the Black media in local strategies to fight HIV. The CMC uses a unique method for exploring the complex issues and barriers that prevent many in the Black community from using HIV prevention services.
Participating organizations leave AAHU CMC with:
- Increased ability to mobilize Black communities through traditional Black institutions by utilizing the latest and most effective mobilization strategies for Black communities
- Access to capacity building through a multi-faceted approach of training, technical assistance and direct material support
- Participation in a national network of ASO's, CBO's, and traditional Black institutions who are committed to HIV prevention mobilization and ready to collaborate on innovative prevention efforts
- Participation and management of a local coalition of local ASO's, CBO's and TBI's who are committed to the programmatic goals of AAHU CMC
- Increased numbers of people in their community and organization who have access to the latest HIV prevention and science information that can easily be applied to the work they do and in mobilizing Black communities
- Highlighted leadership of the Fellow and consequently the sponsoring organization, in media, academia, and the HIV field propagated by the Institute.
AAHU CMC Fellows are their organization's representative in AAHU CMC. Fellows are the main conduit of information transfer to their organization. The Black AIDS Institute's current Fellow's will be graduating this January. 17 Fellows from 9 cities have completed the 10-month fellowship. The current cohort has created needs assessments for their communities, strengthened or created coalitions and action plans in their community, created monitoring and evaluation plans, and launched an HIV/AIDS mobilization campaign. Our Fellows have mobilized faith-based institutions, Black fraternities and sororities, Black elected officials and a host of other traditional Black institutions.