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.

How will the health equity intervention work?

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. This surrounding social and structural environment heavily impacts the health-related behaviors and decision-making of individuals. Local coalitions will work to determine the social and structural barriers to HIV prevention and treatment equity for Black MSM in their community. They will then develop locally relevant strategies and activities to help address these barriers. Coalitions will also inform their communities about HPTN 096 messages and objectives, while helping to shape local social norms through advocacy, community outreach, and engagement with other local service areas.

Why is the health equity intervention important?

Health equity is required to end the HIV epidemic. The health equity intervention in HPTN 096 promotes fairness and justice and is based on the abundance of scientific evidence that community coalitions and intersectoral collaborations working together to develop locally driven and relevant solutions are an effective means of addressing enduring structural barriers driving HIV inequities among Black MSM in the South. Health equity interventions with the highest impact on reducing racial disparities in health requires collaborations with governmental and non-governmental partners inside and outside of the health sectors.

Who are our local partners?

Please see our local partners in each community here.