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National Umbrella Cooperative
Agreement Program - District of Columbia

Health Disparities and Quality Care
Fiscal Year 2005-2009

National Minority AIDS Council
1931 13th Street, N.S. #2
Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 234-5120  
Fax: (202) 234-6404
Title: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Access to Prevent and Care for Minorities
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Carlos Velez
Target Population: Ethnic Minorities

The mission of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is to develop leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. NMAC advocates for improved access to services for underserved communities of color; develops new approaches to service delivery to enhance access to services for minorities; provides technical assistance and capacity building services to minority-serving organizations; improves the quality of services and skill levels within minority-serving service organizations; and works with health and social service providers to improve cultural competency. NMAC conducts conferences on the delivery of HIV/AIDS services, and provides a variety of local technical assistance services and regional training services to minority-serving organizations. NMAC represents more than 12,000 member individuals and organizations addressing the AIDS epidemic among people of color. Programs are implemented in collaboration with Federal, state, and local governments and with educational, medical, religious, and social service agencies working to improve access to services for underserved communities of color, and reduce HIV/AIDS incidence, health disparities, and AIDS mortality among minorities.

HIV/AIDS Stigma and Access to Prevent and Care for Minorities: This project is designed to lower cultural barriers to care caused by HIV/AIDS stigma and improve health behavior patterns in minority populations. Two regional training sessions, will be held for 70 individuals, including program managers, policy makers, and senior management within minority-serving HIV/AIDS service organizations, and frontline workers in minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The training sessions will incorporate insights from the academic arena regarding HIV/AIDS stigma and its effects; real world experiences of HIV-positive individuals who have encountered stigma; and the evolving array of practical interventions for reducing stigma and mitigating its effects among individuals in need of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. A National Institute on HIV/AIDS Stigma one-day meeting will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) for 100 leaders from minority communities. National strategies will be developed to address the impact of HIV/AIDS Stigma and Access to prevention and care. The National Institute will incorporate skills building as part of the USCA. Participants will learn: the challenges faced by HIV-positive women; to examine the ways in which HIV/AIDS stigma and other forms of stigma limit minority men and women's access to and utilization of HIV outreach, counseling and testing and care services; and to identify strategies and interventions for reducing these barriers and their effects. NMAC will provide information and resources to community members, service providers, and decision-makers through a National Online Resource Center on HIV/AIDS Stigma and Access to Prevention and Care for Minorities.

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