PROGRAMS

AAHU > Community Mobilization College

Participants in the AAHU Community Mobilization College (CMC) learn incremental community mobilization techniques and strategies. The curriculum is concentrated and repetitive, tackling the underlying social, economic and cultural factors that prevent Black leaders and communities from fully engaging the HIV/AIDS problem.

Using the AAHU Community Mobilization Model as a foundation, the CMC curriculum prepares community-based and AIDS service organizations to engage traditional Black institutions such as churches, civil rights and social organizations, Black political leaders, sororities/fraternities, academia and the Black media in local strategies to fight HIV. The curriculum also includes Science and Treatment College components, focusing on biomedical interventions, HIV science and literacy, treatment preventions services, and policy changes. The CMC uses a unique method for exploring the complex issues and barriers that prevent many in the Black community from using HIV prevention services.

AAHU CMC COMPONENTS

Training Modules. Participants travel to Los Angeles four times for week-long trainings. Training curriculum incorporates the latest and most effective mobilization strategies with a strong understanding of Black social and cultural norms.

Internships. Internships allow participants to apply and practice the skills and knowledge obtained in each training module. Fellows have specific assignments during internships such as conducting a community assessment, forging strategic action plans, planning a mobilization campaign and evaluating and monitoring their progress and challenges.

Community­-Mobilization Symposium. Fellows come to Los Angeles to present their community mobilization experiences, key findings and best practices to peers, Institute staff and representatives of community partner organizations.

THE FOUR CMC TRAINING MODULES

Assessment: Learn how to conduct community needs assessments to understand the characteristic of the HIV epidemic in Black communities.

Planning: Learn strategies to influence mobilization through partnerships, coalitions, and strategic action planning.

Implementation: Organizations plan and carry out HIV mobilization events that bring together non-traditional HIV partners and responds to the needs of their community assessment.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Learn to assess the impact of mobilization activities and techniques to sustain mobilization campaigns.

Each training module is taught by experts, on-site at our Los Angeles facility.

CMC SUCCESS

CMC is successful because participants learn by doing. Participants are immersed in an environment that requires them to continually practice and assess their skills, not simply listen to lectures. Participants leave the CMC understanding the fundamentals of Black community mobilization for HIV prevention.

The length of the Fellowship also supports the development of strong professional relationships and bonding that occurs through common experience, preparing participants for the networking opportunities that occur in their communities and beyond.

HOW THE CMC BUILDS CAPACITY

By participating in the CMC, organizations will have the benefit of highly skilled personnel able to strengthen organizational goals in mobilizing their communities for HIV prevention and awareness. Participating organizations will have:

  • Increased ability to mobilize Black communities using the latest and most effective mobilization strategies.
  • Participation in a national network of ASOs, CBOs and traditional Black institutions who are committed to HIV prevention mobilization.
  • Increased HIV science literacy by building HIV science and prevention knowledge.
  • Increased numbers of people in their community and organization who have access to the latest prevention and treatment information.