One BAI Team Member’s Journey

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“I was a stigma pusher, but not anymore, obviously,” says Joshua Rodgers who joined the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) prevention and care team last November as an administrative program assistant.  Rodgers, who is living with HIV, came through the doors of BAI on September 5th of 2017 to get tested and access services.  He was …

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State of the Union Response

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In the President’s State of the Union Tuesday night, two days ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), he claimed that his budget will ask for funding to end the AIDS epidemic within the United States within 10 years. He framed this as a bipartisan, unifying effort, but, if he and his administration are …

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Let’s Stop HIV Together

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My favorite month of the year is February because it is an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice in the beauty and resiliency of Blackness. Fittingly, we annually commemorate February 7th with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).  This year’s NBHAAD theme is “Let’s Stop HIV Together” and in my new role as President & CEO …

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The Trump Administration has launched its latest attack against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) – Fight Back

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The Trump Administration has launched its latest attack against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) — and we need your help to fight back. The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to change “protected class status” under Medicare,  which allows PLHIV to have direct access to the best treatments as prescribed by their clinician. Over the …

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Kujichagulia Corner: From the President & CEO’s Desk

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Welcome to our first Black AIDS Update of the year! I proudly ushered in the New Year as the new President and Chief Executive Officer the Black AIDS Institute.  As we enter 2019, I am eager to build on the 20+ years of impactful work the Black AIDS Institute has done as a thought leader, …

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#ForOurOwnProtection aims to protect the lives of Black gay men

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*By Larry R. Hygh, Jr., Ed.D. The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) in partnership with the AMAAD Institute (Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease), Minority AIDS Project, and God’s Property recently hosted a community forum called #ForOurOwnProtection at BAI’s MacArthur Park office.  The forum’s goal was to create a community action plan to protect the lives …

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BAI ends 2018 with southern health department tours

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*By Larry R. Hygh, Jr.  “As a result of the technical assistance I received from Black AIDS Institute, I was able to coordinate a PrEP Summit specifically for Black women. The event was highly successful in recruiting Black women from all walks of life and not only increased the participants awareness of PrEP, but empowered …

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E-newsletter launches

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Welcome to the first edition of Black AIDS Update.  This e-newsletter is the beginning of an effort to streamline our communications efforts and news delivery about our organization’s happenings, and upcoming events. I began last September as the Senior Communications Manager for the Black AIDS Institute (BAI). I hit the ground running flying off to …

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Ambassador Program for Black Women

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The Black AIDS Institute, with support from Gilead Sciences, is excited to launch an Ambassador program for Black women to build engagement and movement around HIV and sexual health for Black women. This ambassador program will create a cohort of 20 Black cis and trans women, who are living with HIV and HIV-negative, who will …

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Black AIDS Institute Names New President & Chief Executive Officer

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Longtime staffer selected from among 20 candidates after national 10 month search LOS ANGELES—The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has named Raniyah Copeland as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.  Copeland will assume the role on January 1.  Copeland began working at BAI in April of 2008 as the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator and …

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