207964 HIV Service Provisions for Africans Living in the United States: A National Agenda

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 1:30 PM

Chioma Nnaji, MPH MEd , Africans for Improved Access (AFIA) Program, Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Jamaica Plan, MA
Juliet Berk, MscCED , Bureau of Infectious Diseases - Office of HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
The HIV pandemic continues to be a major health crisis affecting communities of color within the United States. Unlike other minority groups of color, African immigrant and refugee communities have lacked an indigenous body advocating and working to address the many cultural and linguistic barriers that affect HIV prevention, education, and care. In 2006, a small group of committed public health professionals came together to create a national body that addresses the increasing HIV rates in African immigrant and refugee communities the National African HIV Initiative (NAHI). NAHI is an African-led initiative, comprised of organizations from across the United States, dedicated to improving the health outcomes of African immigrants and refugees living in the US by enhancing HIV prevention, education, and care through culturally competent advocacy, education, and research. Under the NAHI umbrella, members decided to convene four regional summits Atlanta, GA; New England; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C. NAHI has brought together more than 300 health and social providers, consumers, academia, faith leaders, government agencies, and African immigrants and refugees to across the nation to enhance partnerships and coordinate a national agenda to address HIV among African immigrants and refugees.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the HIV epidemic among African immigrants and refugees living in the United States 2. Analyze HIV provisions as it relates to providing HIV prevention, education, and treatment services to African immigrants and refugees 3. Describe next steps for a national agenda

Keywords: Immigrants, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: have a MPH - International Health from Boston Univeristy School of Public Health and a Masters of Education - Curriculum Development from Boston College Lynch School of Education. For the past 7 years, I have developed the first HIV program in Massachusetts to address HIV infections among African immigrants living in Massachusetts. The program is seen by state and city agencies as precedent and is continued to be consulted by national and local agencies. I have presented at local and national conferences about this topic and trained other professionals locally and nationally. Also serve as one of the founding members of NAHI.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.