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, 2014. 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 2014 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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Work phone: (800) 232-4636
TTY: (888) 232-6348
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Web site: www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/index.htm

Minnesota Department of Health
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division
STD and HIV 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
http://www.NoMasHIV.com

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: http://www.greaterthan.org
Testing Makes Us Stronger Campaign: http://hivtest.org/stronger/
Get Yourself Tested Campaign: http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/gyt/

Updated Friday, February 07, 2014 at 02:35PM