Founded in 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (The Institute) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United states focused exclusively on Black communities. The Institutes mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing leaders, institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS in local communities. The Institute conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides policy development, mobilization and advocacy from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
The Institute has played a leading role in calling attention to the health crisis in Black America. The Black AIDS Institute is the organization most often quoted on domestic AIDS media coverage. When American journalists were polled about who they turn to on any AIDS issue, more cited the Institute than any other organization.
The Black AIDS Institute works with Black communities across the country to build their capacity to lead the fight against AIDS. Through intensive, year-long training programs and ongoing technical assistance, the Institute has built the skills, motivation and savvy of more than 200 community organizations to contribute to their local AIDS response.
BLACK TREATMENT ADVOCATES NETWORK
The Black Treatment Advocates Network is a national network of influential peers within the Black American community designed to mobilize care and treatment advocates at the local and national levels who can activate the Black American HIV/AIDS patient population to speak on their own behalf.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HIV UNIVERSITY
Aimed at strengthening Black organizational and individual capacity to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their communities, the African American HIV University is the comprehensive training and capacity building fellowship program developed by the Black AIDS Institute.
GREATER THAN AIDS
Greater Than AIDS is a media and mobilization campaign built around the message that, as Black Americans, we are greater than any challenge we have ever faced. We are greater than AIDS. See how you and your organization can link up with the campaign.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT SUPPORT
The Black AIDS Institute provides support to state and local health departments and agencies through the following programs: Stakeholder Engagement, Greater Than AIDS Mobilization, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Mobilization Strategies, Men Who Have Sex with Men Initiative, Black Treatment Advocates Network, Local HIV Workforce Readiness Assessment.
TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Training and Capacity Building provides tools and training to Black-serving institutions, organizations, and individuals to help move the 512,000 African Americans living with HIV into viral suppression. Typical users of this service are community-based organizations, AIDS-service organizations and health departments, as well as traditional Black institutions such as faith-based institutions, civic and professional organizations, fraternities and sororities, social organizations, etc.