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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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2018

Many of you know over the last 18 months, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has engaged in a significant sector transformation. We have strengthened our Board, recruited new ambassadors, revamped our website, reformatted the Black AIDS Weekly, completed a 5-year strategic plan, announced a new strategic direction in preparation for a new generation of HIV/AIDS …

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Free, Competitive, and Important

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HIV.gov reported about the His Health project in a recent blog and now offers an update on a training opportunity that can help the HIV community to reach and effectively serve the needs of Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) and transgender people. The His Health site offers care models, training modules, and …

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Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Federal Limits On Research Hinder Patients’ Relief

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By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated. For four years, her doctor prescribed the 61-year-old a wide range of opioids for her transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The drugs not only failed …

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Why does HIV Pose a Greater Threat to Women’s Hearts?

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HIV-related heart disease is a leading cause of death among people living with HIV—even when they are on consistent, effective HIV treatment. Researchers are learning that this complication is likely brought on by chronic inflammation from the virus itself and other factors. What is less understood is why HIV seems to take a greater toll …

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