The needs of people living with HIV have continued to evolve over time, and it is essential that the diverse perspectives and experiences of people living with HIV continue to be an integral part of program planning and implementation at all levels. To ensure that people living with HIV are engaged and their voices continue to be heard, the Department of Health and Human Services has directed $2.5 million from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund to support a new initiative to provide leadership training for people of color living with HIV.
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau is leading this effort and recently published a Funding Opportunity Announcement, Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV. This three-year program will support the development and delivery of training programs for people of color living with HIV of all ages (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander) to enable full, active, and engaged participation on planning bodies, medical and support care teams, boards of directors, and other mobilization efforts. To support increased engagement of Transgender women of color living with HIV in leadership opportunities, this project will support national leadership training specifically for this community.
HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau will partner with the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy to launch Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV, to support addressing the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 (NHAS 2020) and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
Applications are due July 8, 2016. The full announcement is available here.
*Content has been reposted from blog.aids.gov