February 10, 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:
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.