NBLCA believes an essential element of fighting HIV/AIDS and and promoting health is mobilizing and empowering community leaders across the United States. Among the programs we have that address that goal are:
(For more information about each program, click on the links at left.)
Capacity Building Assistance Projects
NBLCA’s Capacity Building Assistance program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project is a leadership mobilization model targeting African-American leaders in five regions across the U.S. and aimed at developing a coordinated response to HIV/AIDS among indigenous leaders, community-based organizations, health departments and other consumers. It is designed as a structural intervention based on the premise that African-American leadership can establish organizational infrastructure that supports collaboration and multiple local initiatives. The model is intended to be a catalyst for community action to promote HIV testing and prevention education.
Communities of Color Faith Initiative
With support from the New York City Council, NBLCA in 2003 began the Communities of Color Faith Initiative. This project is a high-impact, innovative and highly regarded public health initiative aimed at HIV prevention in communities of African descent throughout New York City.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative
NBCLA in October of 2009 launched the HIV/AIDS Emerging Leaders Peer Education initiative, an initiative that aims to step up the fight against HIV/AIDS on historically black campuses around the nation. The kick-off was at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. The project includes culturally competent, age-appropriate, peer-led prevention education for students and involves a campus/community needs assessment, student surveys, interviews and student rap sessions. The ultimate goal of the effort is to educate, equip and mobilize students.
NBLCA also has served thousands of organizations and institutions through community development, technical assistance and formulation of public policy; helped to raise billions in federal funding for HIV/AIDS and public health-related direct service organizations serving communities of African descent; and created the first programs for Black clergy to strategically address problems caused by HIV and AIDS.