This initiative strives to increase HIV testing and linking to care among the most vulnerable populations through partnerships with professional organizations that serve minority health care providers and the guidance of key opinion leaders in the field.
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization in the United States, representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. The NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with Federal and private Agencies. The NMA National Program on HIV/AIDS includes the development and distribution of a capacity assessment, HIV/AIDS practice standards for physicians, and a program Web site. Through the program, NMA has developed two important consensus papers on "HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment" and "Addressing the HIV/AIDS Crisis in the African American Community."
Through this partnership, the NMA will continue to communicate to its membership about the importance of routine testing for HIV through its association newsletters, Web site, journal advertisements, and its annual convention.
NMA HIV/AIDS Program Website: http://hiv.nmanet.org
The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a nonprofit association representing 45,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. Established in 1994, NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to advance the health of Hispanic populations.
In June 2012, NHMA announced the establishment of a groundbreaking partnership with the Latino Commission on AIDS. The NHMA and the commission plan to bring together resources, with the goal to advocate for healthy growth and development of Latino/Hispanic communities. The strategic partnership under this collaboration will develop joint efforts throughout the country in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and health disparities in our Hispanic communities. Read more about the partnership here.
Through the partnership with CDC, the NHMA will communicate to its membership about the importance of routine testing, early diagnosis, and linking to care through its newsletters, Web site, and annual conference.
Organized in 1971, the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the U.S., Eastern Caribbean and Africa. With 84 chartered chapters, in 35 states and approximately 3,500 active members, NBNA's mission is "to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color".
The NBNA is pleased to assist CDC with outreach to nurses and will help promote the importance of routine testing and linkage to care through its newsletters and at its annual conference.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic nurses to improve the health care of our communities. With more than 42 chapters and 2,200 members nationwide, NAHN is actively involved in issues affecting Hispanic nurses and the health of Hispanic communities on local, State, regional, and national levels.
The CDC is exhibiting at NAHN’s annual conference and advertising on its Web site and in its newsletter.