Brown bag Lunch Series

This series provides information about HIV science, policy, and advocacy to develop and implement local projects that work to end HIV/AIDS in Black communities.

Every Second Tuesday at 10 a.m. (PDT), the Black AIDS Institute will broadcast a webinar on a topic related to the quarterly theme.

Supporting People Living with HIV

February 12: Support Groups Case Study

  • Understand why support groups for Black PLWHIV are a crucial part of programming
  • Identify the important components of support groups for PLWHIV and how to make them specific to Black folks
  • Identify the resources necessary to start and maintain support groups for PLWHIV

March 12: HIV and Aging

Speaker is Kengi Carr, photographer and founder of Project KengiKat

  • Understand why it is important to explore the link between HIV and aging
  • Explore what it means to be a Black PLWHIV who is also aging
  • Discuss research developments on the subject of aging with HIV and what they could mean for Black PLWHIV


Policy and Advocacy

April 9: Vertical HIV Transmission


Hydeia Broadbent
International HIV/AIDS Activist and Public Figure
2019 BAI Black Women’s Ambassador




L’Orangelis Thomas Negron
HIV and Reproductive Rights Activist and Artist
2019 BAI Black Women’s Ambassador




April’s Brown Bag Lunch will focus on “Vertical HIV Transmission” and will take place on Tuesday, April 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. (P.T.) This presentation will define vertical transmission, and discuss why this is a preferred term to Mother-to-Child transmission; discuss prevention and treatment methods relating to vertical HIV transmission; and understand the importance of discussing vertical HIV transmission from a Black lens, specifically as it relates to Black maternal and child health.


May 14: Programming and Organizing for an Election Year

  • Discuss the state of HIV policy in the current administration
  • Highlight ways in which programming can include organizing for the upcoming election year
  • Discuss how to engage local and state government around policy concerning HIV

June 11: The history of Black HIV Advocacy

  • Explore the history and impact that Black folks have had on the organizing history of the HIV epidemic
  • Visit the connection between Black HIV Advocacy in the past and present Black HIV advocacy
  • Illustrate what we can take from the past in order to push along policy work and priorities in present day

Cut the Stigma

July 9: Foundations of HIV Science

  • Define HIV and AIDS
  • Identify modes of HIV transmission
  • Identify several biomedical prevention techniques including PrEP
  • Understand what ART is and how it works in the body

August 13: Biomedical Interventions

  • Understand the difference in formulations and use of PrEP and PEP
  • Understand the theory and application of treatment as prevention
  • Understand the implications of ‘undetectable = untransmittable”

September 10: Addressing Stigma

  • To develop a foundational understanding of stigma in the context of HIV
  • To understand other stigmas which adversely impact connection to care
  • To establish an understanding of HIV stigma as a barrier in conversations around PrEP
  • To share tactics to combat stigma in conversations around HIV and PrEP

Black Liberation and Intersectionality

October 8: Structural Determinants of HIV Health Disparities

  • Define structural determinants and understand how they show up in the world
  • Identify the intersection of HIV disparities and structural determinants
  • Discuss ways that HIV programming and clinical services can circumvent structural barriers to improve patient health outcomes

November 12: Re-Entry, The Carceral System, and HIV

  • Discuss how being incarcerated impacts HIV and define HIV criminalization
  • Familiarize with the re-entry process as it relates to healthcare
  • Understand the implications of re-entry for folks living with HIV and what situations they need to navigate upon re-entry
  • Understand how to retain and engage PLWHIV in care after they have re-entered

December 10: Gender, Sex, Sexuality

  • Define/describe gender, sex, and sexuality and understand the difference in meaning
  • Understand how gender, sex, and sexuality might have different interactions with race and class
  • Describe strategies to create HIV prevention and care programs that acknowledge and address disparities caused by intersecting oppressions

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