Health equity is required to end the HIV epidemic.
Health-related outcomes for an individual are not just factors of that individual’s personal behavior and decisions, but also of the social and structural environment in which that individual exists. There is an abundance of scientific evidence that community coalitions and intersectional collaborations working together an effective means of addressing enduring structural barriers driving HIV inequities among Black MSM in the South.
In the Health Equity intervention, we partner with local community-based organizations to leverage and build coalitions to promote fairness and justice. These local coalitions will be supported in developing mobilization and advocacy strategies to address locally relevant social and structural barriers to HIV prevention and treatment for Black MSM. Coalitions will work to shape community social norms within the local service sectors to be supportive of wide-scale adoption of HIV testing, PrEP use, and treatment engagement to reduce HIV inequities among Black MSM.
Who will be included in the health equity intervention?
Local partner community-based organizations will be selected through a competitive process in each intervention community. The selected “lead organizations” will work to build multi-sector coalitions in their communities.
Who are our local partners?
Please see our local partners in each community here.