LIndsay Bryant's Blog
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:41

June 30, 2014

Problem Solving ...

One of my strategies to address the issue of stigma in the faith community is to collaborate with National and State faith based organizations.

This past weekend I spoke to a group of 200 members at the Sixty Seventh Annual Session of the Virginia State Baptist Deacons Convention Women's Auxiliary and Youth Department, Inc. My purpose was to reduce stigma, educate about the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, and expand our BTAN membership. I was able to get contact information from 3 churches.

Further strategies include Nia, Incorporated of Greater Richmond facilitating free classes and interventions to the faith and community based organizations. These classes include Natural History of HIV and other Science and Treatment College courses.

Next weekend I will speak to members of the 115th Annual Session and Congress of Christian Education at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia in Richmond, VA. This convention's membership has 100 rural, suburban, and urban congregations and 29 associations. My goal is to collaborate with the congregations so that BTAN membership will be expanded.

#Savior of the World, Cure AIDS


Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:32

June 22 – June 28, 2014

BTAN Richmond – Petersburg June 2014 Mobilization Activities

#Take the Test, Take Control – June is National HIV Testing Month, a campaign to encourage people of all ages to get tested for HIV. One in five people are infected and don't know they are infected. Get tested. If you have HIV get medical care and take medicine to live longer and lower the chance of passing HIV to others.

Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond in collaboration with Minority Health Consortium tested (19) people, distributed condoms in the sanctuary, and I gave information about Hepatitis C on June 11, 2014 at our Elm Street Campus in Petersburg, VA. We will continue testing on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at our Belt Campus, 700 E. Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA. Testing will continue on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at our Creighton Campus, 4247 Creighton Rd, Richmond, VA.

Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond collaborated with Second Chance Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA, and Minority Health Consortium from June 12 – 14, 2014 in a Health Fair with HIV testing, refreshments, and resources.

Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond will collaborate with the SPBC Caring Hearts Nursing Ministry and Henrico County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presenting the 3rd Annual Unlocking the Key to a Healthy Lifestyle Family Health Fair. There will be free health screenings, health education, fitness classes, children's activities, giveaways, healthy snacks and so much more. The Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8:45am – 12pm, St Paul's Baptist Church, Belt Campus, 700 E. Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA. For more information contact 643-6170 x5548.



Sunday, 15 June 2014 18:47


June 15 – June 21, 2014

Father's Blessing Excerpt from Daily Word

With love and appreciation, I bless my father.

As we express love to our family members, we are channels for the love of God. Today we love and honor our fathers and
the father figures in our lives.

Whether they are with us in person or spirit, we express our love and appreciation. We remember what these men have taught us, what they have shared, and what we have experienced with them. We hold them in prayer, knowing prayer is not limited by time or space.

If for any reason we have felt alienated from our father, we allow the forgiving love of God to heal whatever may have kept us from understanding and loving each other. We let the love of God express through us.

"The Lord bless you and keep you ... the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."—Numbers 6:24, 26

Happy Father's Day to my 2013 AAHU Fellows!



Saturday, 07 June 2014 19:23

June 8 – June 14, 2014

Prostate Health Educational Symposium Community Mobilization

Join The Saint Paul's Baptist Church in partnership with PHEN – Prostate Health Education Network on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8:30am – noon, 4247 Creighton Rd., Richmond, VA 23223. Registration Required and Includes Breakfast.

1 in 5 Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within their lifetime and will die from the disease at a rate 2.5 times greater than men of all other ethnic and racial groups. We have got to change this.

The Symposium will focus on the needs of:

  • Healthy men
  • Men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer survivors
  • Men with recurring and advanced prostate cancer
  • Caregivers (wives, children and other loved ones)

Contact Heather Anderson (804) 643-4000

Online Registration



Saturday, 07 June 2014 19:03

June 1 – June 7, 2014

June is Men's Health Month and my blogs this month will center on ways to mobilize our communities with information and action to ensure our men live long, loving, productive, and healthy lives.

#Awareness Prevention Education Family

Join me in telling the men in our lives that we love them, telling them how important they are to us and asking them to ....

Eat Healthy. Start by taking small steps like saying no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Eat many different types of
foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.

Get Moving. Play with your kids or grandkids. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Keep comfortable walking shoes handy at work and in the car. Most importantly, choose activities that you enjoy to stay motivated.

Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more.

Facts ...

On May 31, 1994 President Bill Clinton signed the bill establishing National Men's Health Week. Great!

Women are 100% more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services. 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in
their lifetime compared to 1 in 3 women. Your thoughts why this is true. I have the hardest time getting my son and male friends to go to the doctor regularly.

In 2000 there were fewer than 80 men for every 100 women by the time they reach age 65 – 74. I know this is true because I can't get a date.

"Recognizing and preventing men's health problems is not just a man's issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men's health is truly a family issue."  Congressman Bill Richardson (May 1994)

Resources ....

Men's Health Month

Men's Health Network

Get It Checked

Talking About Men's Health Blog

Women Against Prostate Cancer



Friday, 06 June 2014 19:53

May 25 – May 31, 2014

Returning to VA from Internship IV Advanced Science and Presentation Skills ...

In returning home I began to assist my family with the planning of my Aunt Jeanette Austin's Mass of Christian Burial, baptizing candidates, and attending my Aunt Jeanette's neighbor's 85th Birthday celebration.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 my church, St Paul's Baptist Church, was a vendor at the 10th Annual Stone Soul Music and Food Festival. This was a gathering of over 20,000 people dancing, singing, and enjoying a sunny Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. Entertainers included 50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, Tye Tribbet, Byron Cage, Lil Boosie, 112, Lil' Mo, God's Image, and my main man Trey Songz singing NaNa.

I used this as an opportunity to distribute over 2,000 condoms, #Be Safe, Use a Condom. When the venue opened, my granddaughter Justyn, and I greeted the attendees with safe sex kits containing condoms, candy, and information on testing locations. The responses ranged from you got to be kidding, to thank you, to you should be reading scripture rather than giving out condoms, to some asking for more information about our programs.

It was a great day!


Friday, 06 June 2014 19:48

May 18 – May 24, 2014

Returning to LA for Internship IV Advanced Science and Presentation Skills!

I'm back and this time I stayed at Hotel Angeleno. I love the first day of class when we are welcomed back by the BAI staff and then told to "put everything away" in preparation of our 100 question Pre Test.

The week was loaded with Advanced Science and Presentation Skills classes. Beginning on Monday with our fabulous UCLA professors Dr. Scott Kitchen - HIV Life Cycle, Dr. Tom Coates – Treatment as Prevention, Dr. Michele Kipke – Adolescents & HIV, and Dr. Otto Yang – HIV Vaccine Research.

Tuesday, May 20 was epic as we celebrated with The Black AIDS Institute 15 years "Heroes in the Struggle" Gala Reception and Awards presentation. It was wonderful as we all dressed to the nines, called, walked the red carpet, witnessed heroes being honored, posed for pictures with celebrities, and were recognized by Phil Wilson, Black AIDS Institute President and Chief Executive Officer, as 2013 AAHU STC Fellows at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard. Oh, what a night!

Later in the week we were blessed to have Jacqueline Coleman, facilitate "Presentation Skills." This will be paramount as I plan for the July 11, 2014 Symposium.

The week ended with Phil Wilson congratulating us on making it to this point and noting that there are not many heroic stories or films about our experience. This made me reflect why there are not many heroic stories or films about our experience and the possibility of planning and creating heroic stories.

Midweek I received the news that My Beloved Aunt Jeanette Virginia Archer Austin went home to be with the Lord. She was recognized for establishing the first cafeteria at Van de Vyver Elementary School in Richmond, VA. Through her efforts the dark basement in the school was converted to a sparkling new cafeteria. Staff was hired, parent volunteers were recruited and hot breakfast and lunches were prepared and served to the students from 1965 until the school closed later that decade.

Rest in Peace Aunt Jeanette,

Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:08

May 11 – 17, 2014

"Love never ends." ---- 1 Corinthians 13:8

I celebrated Mother's Day Weekend with my family and friends.

Excerpt Daily Word

I bless and celebrate all Mothers.

A mother's love is strong. It protects and comforts, nurtures and forgives. It is uplifting, supportive, and unconditional. A mother's love begins before birth and continues without end. It is an expression of the Divine.

Today I honor and appreciate my mother, Etheldra Archer Bryant, my grandmother Rebecca Archer Giles, my great grandmother, Willie Ann Cannon Morgan, my aunts, Jeanette Austin, Vivian Hagan, and Edith Morgan. I bring to mind the wisdom they shared, the stories they told, and the mannerisms and characteristics that are uniquely hers.

I am grateful for all they have given to our family. The greatest thank-you I can offer is to share with others the best of what they taught me.

With gratitude, I bless and celebrate all mothers and the love they share.

I met my friends for Mother's Day lunch on Friday, May 9, enjoyed oyster stew, broccoletti with shrimp and sorbet at Edo's Squid. It was delicious.

After worship at St Paul's Baptist Church on Sunday, May 11, my son Sam, my daughter in law Pam, and my grandchildren Justyn, Nautica, and Bryce prepared dinner on the grill for me, Lannie, and James. Dinner included barbeque chicken, cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs, deviled eggs, baked beans, tossed salad, cheesecake with cherries, and strawberry cake with whipped cream. Simply wonderful, relaxing, fun, and blessed.

Thank you family!


Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:06

May 4 – May 10, 2014

On May 8 I attended HIV and Black MSM: More Findings from HPTN 061 webinar, HIV Prevention Trials Network. The question was asked what the faith community could do to reduce the number of people out of care. The response was ... 1. Meet people where they are, address their need first, which could be housing or hunger. 2. Peer support models work, they assist by getting the patient to appointment and staying in care. 3. Continue partner culturally appropriate and respectful care.

I learned some acronyms:

BMSMO Black Men who have sex with Men Only
BMSMW Black Men who have sex with Men and Women
IAI Insertive Anal Intercourse
UIAI Unprotected Insertive Anal Intercourse
RAI Receptive Anal Intercourse


Thursday, 15 May 2014 22:04

April 27 – May 3, 2014

Attending the April 30, 2014 Brown Bag Lunch ... Creating Safe Spaces for Black Men & Women to come out about their status gave me the idea for a possible mobilization activity for our BTAN Richmond – Petersburg Disclosure Project. This activity includes one of the tools to end hiv-related stigma, The S+IGMA Project's logo it's time to change the way we see, think, and speak HIV. It's not what it used to be. You can help end the stigma.



Thursday, 15 May 2014 21:59

April 20 – 26, 2014

Something "BIG" this week was hosting our BTAN Richmond – Petersburg Meeting on April 21, 2014. Twenty members from the community and Traditional Black Institutions attended the meeting. The draft proposal and the four project areas was discussed. The members of each project area met and completed their Project Proposals and Evaluation Plans. I was impacted by the energy in the room, the excitement, the ownership of the members surrounding their project areas. Each project area agreed on follow up meeting dates and meeting locations.

"Yesterday is already a memory and tomorrow is only a vision ... but today well lived ... makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."


Wednesday, 14 May 2014 19:01

April 6 – 12, 2014

From March – May of Internship III, something significant for me was the opportunity to collaborate with a doctoral candidate in the Health Psychology Program, Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention at Virginia Commonwealth University, in a research study about Black women and their heart disease risk. Black women, from St Paul's Baptist Church Richmond – Petersburg and the community, age 35 and older without a prior history of heart disease were asked to participate in this research study. The participants completed a survey, a problem solving task, their vitals were measured, and they were given $25 and a heart health information packet which included local heart health resources. The study was successful with a total of 142 women participating. This was impactful to me because of the number of participants in the study and the benefit of the research study results to so many other black women.



Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:27

April 1- April 5, 2014

Internship III was very informational with the main focus on
BTAN Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.

This training ties in to my personal and professional goals and
gives me all of the tools to ensure the longevity of Richmond-Petersburg BTAN. These
tools will allow me to build the capacity of the organization, develop,
implement, and evaluate projects. These factors will allow me to engage the
community in BTAN, increase membership, and develop BTAN local projects.

Proposed Richmond-Petersburg BTAN projects areas include:

Treatment Education - Communicate information via Brown Bag Lunches.
Patient Navigation - Recruit, assist, and train PLWA to develop a support group.
Disclosure - Create Speaker's Bureau to speak during Awareness events.
Advocacy - Present forums on the Affordable HealthCare Act.

Trusting in God!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:16

March 23- March 31, 2014

WOW! Arrived back on the East Coast and hit the ground running (after a long nap).

Nia Inc of Greater Richmond collaborated with Minority Health Consortium and Virginia Dept of Healthin presentingthe Fifth Annual Sisters Promoting H.O.P.E., Honoring Ourselves with Perseverance and Empowerment. The Black Women's Loving
Me Conference this year included speakers and presenters among them Kym Johnson
from Alicia Keys "We are empowered" who spoke on Honest Conversations: A
Personal Perspective.

Of the more than one million people living with HIV in the
U.S. today, one in four is a woman. Women of color have been especially hard
hit. As mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners AND people living with
HIV, women have incredible power to change the course of this epidemic.

Conference aims also included establishing an environment
where participants can take off their "masks" and share experiences from a holistic
perspective, especially those related to HIV/STI, raise HIV/AIDS/STI awareness,
encourage and promote loving self as the foundation for making good sexual and
overall health decisions, and to increase the number of Black women who know
their HIV status.

I presented a Richmond-Petersburg BTAN Infomercial and
invited participants to join this network.

We are empowered!


Sunday, 16 March 2014 23:02

March 16, 2014

I Live in LA! We're back in the city of Angels for Internship III: BTAN Richmond Petersburg. So excited.

Got up this morning at the crack of dawn, flew 2,649 miles from the East Cost to the west Coast in 2 jets, one was a 777 jumbo jet, with a free TV on every seat, and several flat screens throughout the plane, I've already checked into my hotel and met up with several of my fellows. During lunch with Mercedes, I asked about her studies at UCLA, she said she was doing well and looking for an internship for the summer. I referred her to Dr. Derrick Butler and some of the UCLA professors. Dr. Butler spoke with her and gave her suggestions for the summer internship. Mercedes is the recipient of scholarships from Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Jackie Robinson, the Kiwanis, and the Elks. I am so proud of her. She continues her studies at UCLA majoring in Physics and Mathematics and is planning a summer program for youth. Keep up the great work Mercedes!

Now on to our presentations tomorrow, YES!

Trusting in God!

Sunday, 16 March 2014 22:15

Luke 9:1-6 "The Great Commission"

"One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the kingdom of God and to heal the sick."

Zacharias Ganey Health Institute (ZG) is the place in Richmond, VA to finally get healthy. I joined in January, 2011 and dramatically changed my health and my life. Currently, ZG has made Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond (our nonprofit Health & Wellness) a very generous offer.

I am 62 years old and in Jan, 2011, I weighed 240lbs, was told by my doctor that I had one of the worst family histories he had seen and recommended I attend ZG. My mother died at age 72, my brother died at age 45 from complications of diabetes, congestive heart failure and obesity.

Since joining ZG in Jan 2011, I've lost 60lbs, gone from a dress size 22 to 14, blood pressure medicine halved, normalized cholesterol and feel great.

ZG teaches you the why's and how's of healthy living. The staff and members support you. The staff tests and retests your health & fitness, you have a customized exercise program and nutrition plan you are supervised and supported.

If you are worried about diabetes, weight issues, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, ZG is one of the top programs in the country to address those issues.

For March and April, 2014 only, ZG is offering those who call, register, and say they are with St Paul's Baptist Church membership for 1 year at $100.00 per month, that's $1,200 for the year. This is the price others are paying for 10 weeks.

Call (804) 358-1000, you must join either the Northside location,1311 Palmyra Dr, or the Southside location, 155 Wadsworth Dr, Richmond, VA in March or April, 2014.

God's word tells us to tell everyone about the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

You can and you will live a long and healthy life!!!!!

Trusting in God!

Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:30

March 1, 2014

March is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease's impact on women and girls.

HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Of those people, one in four (25%) is a woman 13 or older. Approximately 27,000 women have HIV but do not know they have the disease.

Together we can:
• Encourage women and girls to get tested and know their status
• Help decrease the number of women who are HIV-positive
• Increase awareness of safe practices to prevent HIV infection
• Help people become aware of the levels of care and treatment

Today Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond co-sponsored "Strive To Survive HIV Awareness" a HIV awareness, education, anti-stigma, and on-Site Testing event. Stop HIV AIDS Save Your Life!!! Was the tag line. It was held at Worship & Praise Deliverance Center in Richmond, VA.

Eric King delivered the message that ... 1. You matter to God. 2. Dust off your Dreams. 3. Positively Rethink your Sexuality. 4. Find out Your Why. Eric told the story of two men carrying bricks, one man was asked "What are you doing?" He responded "hauling bricks." The other man was asked the same question and he responded that he was "building a cathedral." He understood his "Why."

There was poetry reading, praise dancing, condom distribution, and prayer with the lighting of candles, lunch and fifteen tested for HIV.

Trusting in God!

Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:41

February 1-8, 2014

So excited about our Feb 5 – 7, 2014 Richmond Petersburg BTAN Training. Grateful and thankful to the 83 total participants who attended over the 3 day training!

Thanks to Juan Pierce, Executive Director of Minority Health Consortium and Johanna McKee, Site Director with VCU HIV/AIDS Center, and myself, Deacon Lindsay Bryant, Project Coordinator Nia Inc of Greater Richmond for our partnership to make this a very successful training.

Juan spoke on HIV Testing, Johanna spoke on Linkage to Care, and I was the MC.

Thanks to Dr. Danny Avula, Deputy Director Richmond City Health District for defining "The Richmond Landscape" as it relates to HIV/AIDS.

Thanks to Dr. Derrick L. Butler, Associate Medical Director, To Help Everyone Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. He presented HIV Black America, President Obama's National HIV Strategy and HIV Science. Dr. Butler lectured to the Richmond and Petersburg medical professionals at the Doctor's Dinner.

Thanks to Rebekah Israel, Training and Evaluation Coordinator with The Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She presented BTAN Black Treatment Advocate Network Training. Both she and Dr. Butler traveled to the east coast with the threat of a snow storm surrounding Richmond.

Thank you to Rosa Johnson Executive Director with Serenity as she spoke from her heart on "The Petersburg Landscape." Serenity is dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV by providing comprehensive support services education, advocacy, and referrals to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in a safe setting.

Thank you to Rev. Maceo Freeman, Belt Blvd Campus Pastor, at St Paul's Baptist Church, who described "The Faith Landscape."

Thank you to Daryl Fraser, faculty VCU School of Social Work who spoke on adherence as it related to treatment.

Thank you to Tarnya D. McPhatter, Community Liaison Manager with Janssen Therapeutics who spoke on Culturally Competent Care and provided our lunch.

Thank you to Emily Yeatts, Education Manager VA League for Planned Parenthood, who provided information on HIV Resources in Petersburg and Richmond.

Thank you to Rodney Lofton, Executive Director of Renewal Projects, author and activists. Renewal Projects is a community based service organization providing a safe, nurturing, educational environment for high-risk individuals and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Thank you to Dr. Veronica Ayala-Sims, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases VCU School of Medicine, who spoke on Managing HIV/AIDS Care and Clinical Trials.

Thank you to Judy Wessell, DNP, and AACRN who spoke on Biomedical Interventions.

Thank you to Joy Zen, Family Nurse Practitioner, Wellness Center, Vernon J. Harris Health Center, Clinical Training Specialist with Virginia HIV/AIDS Resource and Consultation, who spoke on Co-Morbidity.

Daily, small groups were formed and met to develop BTAN action plans, identify goals, objectives with action steps, and assign responsibilities, with dates, barriers and collaborative partners.

Thanks also to Dr. Faye Belgrade and the VCU Graduate and Undergraduate Interns, Precious Affaidoo, Dana Bannerman, Alexis Broggins, Bria Brown, Kyundra Fahie, Brianna Leonard, Shalesha Majors, Mariam Sankoh, Jasmine A. Abrams, Brittany Berry, and Melanie Paige.

Trusting in God!

Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:19

March 1, 2014

March is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease's impact on women and girls.
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Of those people, one in four (25%) is a woman 13 or older. Approximately 27,000 women have HIV but do not know they have the disease.

Together we can:
• Encourage women and girls to get tested and know their status
• Help decrease the number of women who are HIV-positive
• Increase awareness of safe practices to prevent HIV infection
• Help people become aware of the levels of care and treatment

Today Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond co-sponsored "Strive To Survive HIV Awareness" a HIV awareness, education, anti-stigma,on-Site Testing event. Stop HIV AIDS Save Your Life!!! Was the tag line. It was held at Worship and Praise Deliverance Center in Richmond, VA.

Eric King delivered one of the messages that ... 1. You matter to God. 2. Dust off your Dreams. 3. Positively Rethink your Sexuality. 4. Find out Your Why. Eric told the story of two men carrying bricks, one man was asked "What are you doing?" He responded "hauling bricks." The other man was asked the same question and he responded that he was "building a cathedral." He understood his "Why." There was poetry reading, praise dancing, condom distribution, and prayer with the lighting of candles, lunch and fifteen tested for HIV.

Trusting in God!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 17:18

January, 2014

Excerpt from Walk Tall Affirmations for People of Color by Carleen Brice


Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and that have been told to you. ---- Maya Angelou

TODAY IS A DAY FOR BEGINNINGS, fresh starts, and New Year's resolutions.Let it also be a
day for renewal and healing. Let's cleanse our minds and hearts of fears,
hurts, and resentments. The past is behind us; let's learn from it and then
release it.

Use this day to reflect on choices and their consequences. Use this day to forgive ourselves
and to release others from long-held grudges. Use this day to restore our hope
and optimism so that we may create a better world for our children.

Use this day to ask pointed questions of ourselves. Are we using our time wisely, being true
to ourselves and our purpose? Are we living honestly and humbly? Are we loving
one another as we should?

Use this day to commune with spirit. Pray for joy, serenity, peace, courage, guidance, and
willingness. Pray for blessings for everyone we know, including those who have
hurt us. Today, let's practice the three Rs: reflect, release, and renew.

I begin this New Year with a loving heart and an open mind.

Sisters Promoting H.O.P.E. encourages every woman to take charge, take care and take
control of your physical, sexual, mental and financial health. Remember, the
things we do for ourselves ultimately benefit others as well.

Take Care of You. You're Priceless!

Trusting in God!


Friday, 14 February 2014 09:10

Happy Valentine's Day!

February is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Month (NBHAAD), which is a HIV testing and treatment community
mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora.

The Diaspora is the migration or scattering of a people away from an ancestral homeland.

The four specific focal points of NBHAAD are Get Educated, Get Involved, Get Tested, and Get Treated. That's LOVE!

In addition to February being NBHAAD month it is also the month of LOVE ;)

I want to share this word from The Daily Word.

Happy and Blessed Valentine's Day to you!

Friday, February 14, 2014


Love blesses my relationships.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love."—1 John 4:8

Every loving relationship is blessed. Divine Love in me seeks to express itself
through my relationships. When I establish a bond with someone, whether for a
moment or a lifetime, we meet on holy ground.

If miscommunication or resentment arises, I bring the relationship into prayer. In
that sacred space, I release any preconceptions or judgment. I invite love and
wisdom to help me see things differently. Focused on God in the midst of us, I
see the conflict resolve or dissolve.

My deepest desire is to embody and express the exquisite love of God in all my
relationships. I treat my loved ones with honor, respect, and devotion to
Spirit within.

I Love You!


Monday, 06 January 2014 22:04
December 30 – 31, 2013 Nia Intervention and WAD Events

Nine African American men met to attend the Nia Intervention. The intervention is for African American Men who have sex with Women. The goals of this intervention are to educate African American men about HIV/AIDS and its effect on their community, bring groups of men together, increase motivation to reduce risks, and help men learn new skills to protect themselves and others by promoting condom use and increasing intentions to use condoms. As part of the WAD event a HIV positive speaker told his story and answered in depth questions from the men in attendance. The origin of HIV and life cycle was communicated in the session.
Monday, 06 January 2014 21:26

December 27 – 28, 2013 SISTERS Promoting H.O.P.E. Honoring Ourselves with Preservance and Empowerment

The Virginia Dept of Health, The Minority Health Consortium, and Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond met at the Hilton Inn in Suffolk, VA to strategically plan our events and activities for 2014. The mission of SISTERS Promoting H.O.P.E. is to educate, support, and empower Black women in Virginia to protect themselves from HIV and other STDs; and address any other related issues that may impact their capacity to make healthy sexual decisions. Save the Date:, the conference is planned for March 25, 2014, details to follow.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 20:42
AAHU Personal and Professional Goals 

Personal goals include spending more time with my extended family. Last week my aunt buried her second child, my cousin who we affectionately called "Lil Bay." There were a lot of boys in my family and most of them had "Bay" in their nickname, "Lil Bay, Big Bay, or just Bay." When I got the call from her that he was sick and the diagnosis from the doctor that he had six months to live. I took time to go and visit him. He was having difficulty breathing and was connected to oxygen. When I called his name, told him who I was, he looked at me. Although he could not talk, he recognized me. We spent that time going back over childhood memories of all of our antics growing up in the sixties. I smile even now when I think about it. Lil Bay had the virus and even though I saw him a couple of times over the years we were not connected. During my visit with him that day, a nurse came in to take some blood and although Bay was sick and laboring to breath he flirted with the nurse. That's my cousin. Our visit ended and I called my aunt to tell her of the visit and she was happy.

Rest in Peace Lil Bay ....

Professional Goals include continuing to learn and apply all of the information from AAHU STC & CMC 2013. The educational experience is taking me even farther than I could have imagined. The topics are relevant and the facilitators are world class. My instructor for " The Art of Public Speaking & Engagement" was Jacqueline Coleman. The lesson on the Five Stages of Group Development was so powerful that an event earlier in the day was used to teach the lesson and we the students became the teacher with her artful and masterful facilitation.     

Thank you Jacqueline!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00
Significant – Damone Thomas visits Richmond, VA

October 27 - 31, 2013 Damone was in the capital city of Virginia, Richmond. We
toured Richmond, ate at 2 Jamaican restaurants, had dinner with my family,
worshipped at St Paul's Baptist Church, and met my Pastor, Dr Lance Watson. The
Internship 1 Report has been a challenge for me and it finally occurred to me
to ask my fellows and co-workers for help. I asked Damone to help me with the
City Sheet, and he did. I asked Juan for help with contacts at the Virginia
Dept of Health, and he did. I asked Eric to help me with my Executive Summary, and he did.
I asked Monica to help me compile the information in pdf files, and she did. This was very impactful to
me, knowing that I had people who would give of their time and talents to help
me. With their help I was able to complete and submit my Internship 1 Report.


Friday, 25 October 2013 16:10
As I continue to reflect on my time at UCLA, something "big" for me was my committment to studying the information presented daily. I attended the study groups daily, participated in several groups, and studied on my own at least 4 additional hrs per day. This is what I needed to do to comprehend and retain the information so that I would be successful on the weekly quizzes, mid-term, homework assignments, tests, and final. Even now I feel a deep sense of accomplishment and pride knowing that 'I Did It' and am confident that I can and will pass it on. I also know that I have 18 other fellows, the Black AIDS Institute Staff, and UCLA scientists and researchers to help me. I am also grateful to the members of University Lutheran Church at the bottom of the hill for the Word I received each Sunday, for accepting me, and allowing me to read the scripture my last Sunday there.

To God be the Glory for the Great things He has done!
Friday, 25 October 2013 12:32

CBO #2 Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University Doctoral Health Psychology candidates Jasmine Abrams, Morgan Maxwell, and Dr. Faye Belgrave requested our collaboation on a project, "Colorism in the African American Community" which will put us one step closer to reducing the risks associated with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Belgrave, professor of social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, has implemented prevention programs and conducted research in collaboration with community organizations in the Richmond metro area for the past 16 years. Most of her work has been directed at programs that prevent HIV and substance abuse among African American youth and women. Jasmine Abrams is a doctoral candidate in Health Psychology. Her programs and research focuses on HIV prevention and characteristics of strong black women. Morgan Maxwell is a doctoral candidate in social psychology. She is interested in developing positive programs to enhance the well-being of African American girls. She is also interested in skin color bias.   

Proposed Study: Colorism or skin color bias remains a significant problem for African Americans. Yet little research has been conducted on the consequences of skin color bias. Also, limited research has been conducted on why and how dark skin color is linked to negative outcomes for some African Americans and not for others. Funding is being requested from the National Institute of Health. The purpose of this study is to examine in more detail skin color bias and consequences by (1) talking to African American women about this topic; and (2) administering a questionnaire that will ask questions about skin color, stress, racism, and health-related behaviors including sex and drug behaviors. Findings will help us develop programs that address this issue with the potential to impact a significant and growing public health problem of HIV/AIDS.

I responded with a letter of support.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:20
It has been almost 60 days that I packed my bags and left my home on the beautiful campus of UCLA. Every morning I would shout "I Live in LA!" Since then a lot has happened. I spent days with my family enjoying the last days of the summer. On frequent telephone calls from my grandchildren, my grandson would say "Grandma when are you coming back to Richmond." My granddaughter wanted to speak to my fellow cohorts.  I reconnected with the AIDS Awareness Small Group of St Paul's Baptist Church as we began planning our 4th Annual Citywide Sexuality Conference. This conference was designed to help open the dialogue on sexual diversity and allow attendees to express a greater sensitivity and a less negative opinion of persons with different sexual orientations than their own. Panelists included 3 ministers, ROSMY board of directors representative and 2 MSM from area support groups. ROSMY is the only organization in the area which addresses the unique needs and the healthy social development of LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. 

So happy I learned how to blog ;) More to come!