Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI)
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.
Launched in 2009, the AAALI 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 the Latino community and on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
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Why does AAALI focus on specific communities?
HIV takes the greatest toll on African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and MSM of all races. The rate of new infections among blacks is eight times the rate among whites. Among Hispanics, the rate of new HIV infections is three times as high as that of whites. And according to a recent CDC analysis, even though MSM represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population, they accounted for over half of all new HIV infections annually from 2006-2009. In 2009, MSM accounted for 61% of HIV diagnoses.
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.
What does it mean to be a part of AAALI?
While many AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to fighting HIV in their communities, AAALI 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.
AAALI partners conduct a wide range of communication, mobilization and outreach activities. Examples include:
- Holding education and training sessions on HIV prevention at national and regional membership conventions
- Integrating Act Against AIDS and other HIV prevention messages into community forums
- Prominently placing Act Against AIDS and other HIV prevention public service announcements (PSAs) and news stories in broadcast and print outlets throughout the nation
- Working with celebrities to produce PSAs about HIV prevention
- Training and funding local chapters to implement community-based HIV awareness campaigns
- Working to educate national, state and local policymakers and community leaders about the role of HIV prevention in advancing the well-being of African Americans, Hispanics and gay and bisexual men of all races
- Extending Act Against AIDS campaign messages through organization publications, Web sites and public appearances
What have AAALI partners accomplished?
Since the launch of AAALI in April 2009 through March 2011, AAALI partner organizations have coordinated nearly 1,300 HIV-related activities, including briefings, chapter trainings, workshops, and outreach events. These events have been attended by more than 482,000people, and have engaged nearly 400 chapters and affiliates of AAALI organizations across the country in HIV prevention activities, and reached millions more with critical HIV prevention messages through conferences, advertisements, and media stories.
Examples of accomplishments by AAALI organizations include:
- Placement of an Act Against AIDS PSA in Times Square, reaching more than 1 million people in New York City
- A series of radio interviews with key public health leaders on the importance of HIV testing, reaching more than 43,575,000 listeners
- Radio PSAs on HIV prevention featuring celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Laila Ali and Jamie Foxx, among others
- A nationwide health and HIV education tour reaching 60,000 people in 25 cities across the country
- HIV testing for more than 13,900 attendees at AAALI events
- A national tour to build HIV awareness in African American communities
- A Physician Toolkit providing information on HIV testing and risk-reduction counseling to more than 2,000 African American doctors
- A series of articles and YouTube videos featuring African American leaders in the fight against HIV
- Community town halls and forums led by congressional and local leaders in New York, South Carolina, Washington, DC and more
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