LEADERVATION: Daring Greatly Together  in 2017

Resolutions.  Resolutions.  Some people love them and others abhor them.  Although I’m not certain which category applies to you, I offer a seminal Resolve to intentionally guide our LEADERVATION work in 2017 – Let’s Dare Greatly Together.  To learn more about the inspiring message on how we can dare greatly together, you can read more on this notion framed by Theodore Roosevelt.  Also, I invite you to share with us how you will harness your pathway and dare to be great in 2017 on the NMAC Facebook page. Meanwhile, we offer inspirational snapshots below of those who dare to be great within leadership, race and health equity realms.  

This is the time and mission we’ve all been waiting for. Let’s manifest unimaginable and defining moments for our communities and for ourselves.  Let’s lace up our shoe strings, bind our hearts and fight for social justice to keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream alive.  Energize.  Mobilize.  Stretch toward freedom. 
Theodore Roosevelt
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  
The Importance of Gender Identity Expression & Sexual Health

The society in which we live, enforces gender as a binary. That there are only two genders with no fluidity. This constricting view of gender is detrimental toward everyone, but particularly for transgender people. The gender identities of anyone, including transgender and cisgender people, can be extremely fluid and may fall outside of a binaristic model. The idea of a gender spectrum understands gender as not inherently binary; instead, man and woman are simply two different genders among a universe of genders. The understanding of this model is important when working with individuals who are experiencing self-discovery and exploring their gender identity. This is particularly pertinent for transgender and gender non-conforming people, are more often met with rejection, confusion, misunderstanding, and ridicule.

National Training for Transgender Women of Color Living with HIV
March 2017 
Orlando, Florida

Health and Societal Disparities Forum
February 23, 2017
LSU Campus, Alexandria, Louisiana
Sponsored by
Regional Office of Public Health, Dr. David Holcombe, Regional Administrator/Medical Director

February Newsletter 
Acknowledging National Black HIV Awareness Day 2017, Feb 7th. 

The 13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

April 19-21, 2017
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Daring Greatly in 2017 - Directory of Articles
The Importance of Gender Identity Expression & Sexual Health

The Race Must Continue for HIV-Positive young gay black men and mature men”

Black Women’s Health Imperative
Helping Black Women Achieve Sexual Wellness

Built to Last: 

People Of Color Living with HIV Project

The RACE Equity and Health Literacy Framework Training:
Take the Journey

Youth Empowerment and HIV: 
Lessons from Powerful Youth Leaders

Cultivating Young Leaders under Uncertain Times
“THRIVING with HIV: The Race Must Continue for HIV-Positive young gay black men and mature men”
Daniel Driffin

Best moment of the year for HIV awareness was given to well deserving Daniel Driffin in December 2016.  Here the recognized HIV influencer shares perspective on recent and future opportunities.  “Together, with more than 1 million Americans, I’m living with HIV,” said Driffin at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It was the first time in 16 years that the DNC was addressed by an openly HIV-positive speaker [Healthline 2016].
Black Women’s Health Imperative – Helping Black Women Achieve Sexual Wellness
Valerie L. Rochester, MPA
Sexual Health Programs Consultant
Black Women's Health Imperative

Recent surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while Black women remain the fourth largest population of new HIV infections, the rate of new infections among Black women from 2005 to 2014 decreased by 42% with lifetime risk for Black women contracting HIV going down from 1 in 32, to 1 in 34.  And in other news, a December 2016 report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics states that while other population groups experienced a slight decrease in overall life expectancy, Black women remained steady at 78 years on average.  This information, along with findings from the Black Women’s Health Imperative’s (Imperative) recently released Index US – the first ever index studying healthy Black women - demonstrate that Black women are doing something right, and there are lessons we can learn and apply from what works, as we look for more strategic ways to challenge health conditions that continue to affect us – like HIV. 
New Leaders On the BLOC: People of Color Living with HIV

Welcome to 2017 - a new year with new goals to achieve brings tremendous excitement especially for our Building Leaders of Color Living with HIV [BLOC] Project. BLOC’s mission is to cultivate and support 75 HIV positive leaders of color with a focus on Transgender women of color living with HIV. The first National Training designated for Transgender women of color living (TWOC) with HIV is scheduled for Orlando, Florida in March 2017.  
The RACE Equity and Health Literacy Framework Training – Take the Journey
Testing and Capacity Building Supervisor
Julie Fitch, MA
Louisiana Department of Health
Office of Public Health-STD/HIV Program

Louisiana Office of Public Health-STD/HIV Program (SHP) is proud of the 2016 collaboration with NMAC in offering the RACE Equity Framework training across our state. 118 staff from SHP and nine community-based organizations (CBOs) have attended 8 of these trainings thus far, and we look forward to more in the future! SHP and its partner organizations have been actively engaged in a process to address HIV disparities in our state, particularly as they impact communities of color, since 2013. 

Cultivating Young Leaders under Uncertain Times

Benjamin Di’Costa
Activist & Public Speaker

Leaders have a tremendous ability—and profound responsibility—to cultivate the next generation of leaders. How well we do this will determine how successfully others will lead our fight in this upcoming administration.   In the past 2 months I’ve been asking my peers where do we go from here?   Or how can we as young leaders lead people of all ages and truly inspire them to end HIV?

Youth of color around the U.S feel fear and despair when they think about what this administration could mean for their future. While this generation has the most at stake when it comes to new HIV transmission, many young people don’t know where to start in addressing this huge issue. Many youth are looking for ways to be a part of the solution, but need the training and support to take the next step.
Yours in the struggle,

Jacqueline Coleman, M.Ed, MSM
Leadership Pipeline, Director  

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