We The People: A Black Plan to End HIV in America

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In response to the Administration’s proposed 10 year plan to end the HIV epidemic in America, we have developed a more strategic plan entitled We The People: A Black Plan to End HIV In America. What makes this plan particularly unique is that it addresses a key component missing in Trump’s plan – a particular focus on centering Black folks and those most at risk and developing a community driven approach informed through navigation of larger systems of oppression including, but not limited to, Capitalism, anti-Blackness, patriarchy, homophobia/transphobia, white supremacy, etc. This community led plan will provide a foundation for upending the day to day operations of a corrupt medical industry and truly intervene around social determinants of health that directly marginalize Black people and proliferate HIV in America.

BAI, along with other civil rights and social justice partners will unveil the 10-year plan that will emphasize four key areas:

  1. Address racism, sexism, transphobia, and xenophobia
  2. Provide access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care
  3. Design and fund programs that address key social issues that impact HIV outcomes in Black communities (homelessness, poverty, education, incarceration, and mental health)
  4. Build the capacity of Black communities to be the change agents to end HIV

The top-line goals of our proposed ETE toolkit are as follows:

  • Identify prevention and care strategies that are critical to successfully ending the HIV epidemic among Black Americans.
  • Ensure holistic community-driven strategies specific to Black communities are included in local ETE plans.
  • Engage and empower Black communities to be integral advocates and participants of ETE planning and implementation in jurisdictions.
  • Ensure recipients of ETE funding are culturally humble and able to provide high quality services to Black people in their jurisdictions.
  • Ensure Black CBOs and agencies that are trusted and integral providers in Black communities are integral in each jurisdiction’s EtE programming
  • Ensure the roll out of ETE plans does not negatively impact social determinants of health that impact Black Americans and HIV in Black America.

The plan is constructed around four different pillars with multiple moving parts:

  • Health Departments
    • We’ve developed a toolkit that that engages in political and biomedical education, maps out community engagement plan, outlines developed training strategies, and fleshes out a full
      longterm community integration plan that will be disseminated to Health Departments and used as a training resource for understanding proper execution of our ETE strategy. We’re planning to foster relationships between Black leaders and health departments to address the direct impacts of the ETE on Black communities. We intend to host summits, town hall meetings, and seminars in order to formulate a needs assessment that will be used to inform the ETE execution.
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
    • We will work with FQHC to determine best practices for uptaking biomedical interventions through education around the communities that utilize their services and the social determinants of health that impact their work
  • Community & Elected Officials
    • Our plan is to aggregate qualitative data to inform the administration of community concerns. We will host Ending HIV in Black America Town Halls across the country with the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) and mobilize community members to engage and influence local and national legislative policies concerning HIV.
  • Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR)
    • We plan to work to develop a better understanding of implementation science in Black communities and ensure that CFAR standards are informed by community feedback and the realities of access to healthcare in Black communities

 

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