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Act against AIDS Leadership Initiative; harnessing the strength of national organizations to reach the communities hardest hit by HIV
  • Published Date:
    March 2013
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; Act Against AIDS (Campaign) ;
  • Description:
    The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is a six-year partnership between CDC and leading national organizations representing the populations hardest hit by HIV. CDC first launched AAALI as part of its Act Against AIDS communication campaign in 2009. The initiative initially brought together some of the nation's foremost African American organizations to intensify HIV prevention efforts in black communities. In 2010, CDC expanded AAALI to also include organizations that focus specifically on the Latino community and men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races. HIV takes the greatest toll among African Americans, Latinos and MSM of all races. The rate of new infections among blacks is almost eight times the rate among whites. Among Hispanics, the rate of new HIV infections is three times as high as that among whites. And MSM account for nearly two-thirds of new HIV infections in the United States. AAALI partner organizations were chosen based on their demonstrated national reach, credibility and influence, as well as their ability to effectively reach these impacted communities through their existing communication channels and mobilization activities. The effort brings together a wide range of organizations, including civic, social, civil rights and professional organizations, as well as those in government, education and media. While many AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to fighting HIV in their communities, the initiative provides the critical funding needed to allow each group to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities. Each organization uses AAALI funds to support an HIV coordinator who works through the organization's membership networks to disseminate Act Against AIDS campaign materials and HIV prevention services.

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