How to Plan National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Events
Local Public Health Departments

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The thirteenth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) will be observed on February 7, 2015. NBHAAD is a national mobilization initiative to come together in unity to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis that is impacting the African American and African immigrant communities across America. The theme for NBHAAD 2015 is, "I Am My Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!"

NOTE: Contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) once events are set-up so they can be listed on the Statewide NBHAAD Calendar. Phone (651) 201-5414, Fax: (651) 201-4000 or e-mail.

To help observe NBHAAD in your community, please refer to the following planning guidelines and suggested activities:

  • Contact NBHAAD national web site to download posters, tool kits and news releases at: http://www.nationalblackaidsday.org/

  • Contact individuals, organizations and governmental agencies in your community interested in supporting NBHAAD activities and host a “Town Hall” meeting or community event to re-sound the alarm about the impact HIV has had on its local African American and African residents

  • Determine if a single collective event or town hall meeting or a series of independent events and meetings would be best to raise awareness:
    • Create a planning schedule. Include specific activities, responsibilities and timetable
    • Obtain resources, partnerships and secure funds as needed to host events and create promotional materials
  • Submit a proclamation to your county board stating that your public health department or nursing program recognizes NBHAAD

  • Contact schools, business leaders, clergy, health care organizations and clinics and encourage their scheduling of prevention seminars or video showings for their clients and/or staff on behalf of NBHAAD

  • Hold a candlelight vigil at a public location or at your agency with singers, rappers, musicians, poets, dancers, performers and story tellers

  • Commemorate a bulletin board, exhibit, etc., in memory of those who have died of AIDS in your agency’s lobby

  • Distribute NBHAAD information:
    • Place NBHAAD information and links onto your county’s web site
    • Display posters, flyers, or brochures in your lobby and in your lunch room
    • Send announcements about events, activities and resources using your agency’s e-mail address books, mailings, newsletters and social media outlets
    • Wear/distribute to others a red ribbon as a symbol of hope to work sites, schools and community groups
  • Write a news release or editorial to your local newspaper demonstrating support or listing your events for NBHAAD. And, take photos of your event(s) and post on your county’s web site

  • Contact the NAMES Project and bring The AIDS Memorial Quilt to your agency or NBHAAD event, or sew a square onto the quilt, (404) 688-5500; http://www.aidsquilt.org

  • Display exhibits, posters, flyers, videos, or brochures about HIV/AIDS at a public location such as a library, bar, store, governmental office, social services agency, employment office, clinic, hospital, or during an existing community event

  • Encourage area churches, temples, mosques and synagogues to participate by announcing local NBHAAD related events during their worship services and in their bulletins, newsletters, websites and e-mail messages/bulletins

  • Participate with other existing NBHAAD planning groups and organizations sponsoring events

Selected Educational Resources for NBHAAD and/or HIV/AIDS Materials

Minnesota Department of Health
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division
STD, HIV and TB Section
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Work phone: (651) 201-4027
Fax phone: (651) 201-4000
E-mail: roy.nelson@state.mn.us
Web site: www.health.state.mn.us/hiv

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
c/o Strategic Leadership Council

E-mail: info@nationalblackaidsday.org  
Web: http://www.nationalblackaidsday.org

Office of Minority Health Resource Center
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
PO Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
Work phone: (800) 444-6472
Fax phone: (301) 251-2160
E-mail: info@omhrc.gov
Web site: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

The NAMES Project Foundation
AIDS Memorial Quilt
204 14th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318-5304
Work phone: (404) 688-5500
Fax phone: (404) 688-5552
E-mail: info@aidsquilt.org
Web site: www.aidsquilt.org/

The National Minority AIDS Council
1931 13th Street Northwest
Washington DC, 20009
Work phone: (202) 483-6622, ext. 333
Fax phone: (202) 483-1135
E-mail: clecompte@nmac.org
Web site: www.nmac.org/

HOTLINE REFERENCES

Minnesota AIDS Project
AIDSLine
Metro Area: (612) 373-AIDS
(612) 373-2465 TTY
Statewide: 1-800-248-AIDS
1-888-820-2437 TTY
E-mail: mapaidsline@mnaidsproject.org
Web site: www.mnaidsproject.org/

CDC National Prevention Information Network
1-800-458-5231
1-800-243-7012 TTY
E-mail: info@cdcnpin.org
Web site: www.cdcnpin.org/

CDC National STD and AIDS Hotlines (English and Spanish)
1-800-CDC-INFO
1-888-232-6348 TTY
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Web site: www.cdc.gov/

OTHER LINKS FOR HIV/AIDS CAMPAIGN RESOURCES

Greater Than AIDS Campaign
Testing Makes Us Stronger Campaign
Get Yourself Tested Campaign
HIV Treatment Works Campaign 


Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign

Updated Wednesday, January 07, 2015 at 10:55AM