The ACT Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has launched a multi-million dollar, five-year partnership with 14 of the nation's leading African-American organizations including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. "The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative."
The Long Island Chapter is proud to be a grant recipient and a local agent for the initiative.
“The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative” (AAALI) seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African-American institutions to increase HIV-related awareness, knowledge, and action within black communities across the United States.
According to a 2009 CDC report African-Americans face the most severe rates of HIV and AIDS in the nation. While blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent nearly half of the 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year, and half of the more than 14,000 AIDS deaths each year. The HIV incidence rate for Black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of White women, and nearly four times that of Hispanic women. Project Goal: To encourage self-protective behaviors among Long Islanders of African descent through (1) education on HIV/AIDS prevention; (2) referrals for testing counseling and treatment. (3) Implementation of out reach efforts and engagement of public policy decision makers on appropriate funding.
Locally NCBW 100 Long Island Chapter, Inc. has expanded our partnership by tailoring our HIV/AIDS Initiative and working directly with the faith community to educate Long Island congregations in undeserved communities on HIV/AIDS and the importance of prevention and testing. Complimentary Church Fan giving the facts on HIV/AIDS with a listing of free HIV/AIDS testing locations will be distributed during the month of June in support of National HIV/AIDS Testing Day June 27th. Members will also advocate for continued funding for free testing facilities and continue our grassroots outreach by distributing Fact Cards at Long Island beauty and barber shops over the summer.
Nonpartisan Voter Participation
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter Inc. (NCBW LI) will continue to work in concert with the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation Inc. the NAACP, and other nonpartisan civic groups during federal, state, and local election cycles to provide and encourage nonpartisan:
- Voter registration
- Voter education
- Election protection
- Get-Out- The Vote activities