M A A A H

Minnesota African/African American Women HIV Initiative

History of MAAAH:

The Minnesota African/African American Women HIV Initiative (MAAAH) derived from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) sponsored ongoing regional forum series focusing on racial and ethnic disparities among African Americans entitled "African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Confronting the Crisis and Planning for Action." This forum provided a foundation for participating jurisdiction to strengthen partnerships and collaborate more effectively to implement prevention and care and treatment programs specifically targeting African American women.

MAAAH formed as a result of this effort by NASTAD. The group consist HIV consumers and representatives from African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF), Turning Point, Inc., Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. The following are the goals proposed by MAAAH:

Establish Black women as a funding priority in the State of Minnesota.

Address the issue of lack of services specific to Black women and youth.

Sustainability of services for Black women.

CONTACTS:

Sandy Johnson at 651-201-4019  sandy.johnson@state.mn.us

Woodrow Jefferson at 612-520-4004  woodrowjefferson@turningpoint.org

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