September 12, 2015
This post originally appeared on Black AIDS Institute.
On Tuesday, approximately 60 people took part in “Black Lives Matter: Local Impact/National Reach,” the second national conference of Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) leaders and other activists, held in the Barbara Jordan Conference Room at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The gathering took place before the start of the 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Washington, D.C.
The “Black Lives Matter” national meeting gave BTAN participants the opportunity to discuss progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, create a plan for 2016 and share ideas with other leaders and Institute staffers in real time. BTAN is a collaboration that links Black PLWHA to care and promotes HIV education and treatment literacy.
The day began with a presentation by Rebekah Israel, the Institute’s training and capacity building manager. Israel provided an overview of BTAN’s four main project areas: treatment education, which includes the African American HIV University (AAHU), brown-bag lunches, learning about the science and treatment of HIV, and biomedical prevention); patient navigation; voluntary disclosure; and advocacy.