Black AIDS Institute

Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution

aka Black AIDS Institute   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.blackaids.org

Mission

Our mission is to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals to confront HIV.

Ruling year info

1999

President & CEO

Raniyah Copeland

Main address

1833 W 8th St Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90057 USA

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EIN

95-4742741

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (G05)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Black AIDS Institute seeks to end the HIV epidemic in Black America. Black people in the United States are only 13% of the population, yet account for almost half of new cases of HIV. These disparities are further entrenched by region- the Southern United States accounts for most new cases in the country; as well as by demographic: ½ Black gay, bisexual, or same-gender loving men are projected to contract HIV during their lifetimes if current rates persist. The Black AIDS Institute sees these disparities as the result of stigma, structural and policy barriers to accessing healthcare, and lack of education about methods of prevention among communities and providers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prevention and Care Services

The Black AIDS Institute offers a variety of prevention and care services including HIV testing, linkage to care, outreach and social support.

Population(s) Served

The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is a national network of HIV/AIDS stakeholders including service providers, community members and leaders, educators, and people living with HIV/AIDS, who mobilize Black communities across the country to confront HIV.

Population(s) Served

The Black AIDS Institute offers training, technical assistance, and other capacity building to community groups, community based institutions, AIDS Service organizations, healthcare organizations, and health departments. BAI also builds the capacity of the Black community directly through trainings, fellowship programs, and other engagements.

Population(s) Served

The Black AIDS Institute mobilizes the Black community through educational campaigns, events, and other engagements. In the past, these have included multi-city campaigns to educate community members about healthcare enrollment, PrEP, and other developments.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people mobilized

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained in HIV science

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people tested for HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of men who have sex with men tested for HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people living with HIV linked to care

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people referred to PrEP

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Black AIDS Institute seeks to end the HIV epidemic in Black America by addressing these health disparities at their root. The Black AIDS Institute works to ensure that Black communities have the education and the access that they need to receive HIV tests at their will, access prevention techniques that work for them, and access treatment. This means changing policies that preclude many people from healthcare, training institutions on providing care to their patients, and working with communities to mobilize for their rights.

Founded in 1999, the organization uses diverse tactics, including mobilization and advocacy on a national scale, training institutions, community education, and direct services in Los Angeles to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment for Black communities. The organization works from a uniquely and unapologetically Black perspective, meaning that the Black AIDS Institute centers the needs of all Black people when informing its strategies. For example, if considering protocols around HIV testing, one must take into consideration whether asking for ID will be a deterrent to homeless people, gender non-conforming people, or undocumented people. Lowering or erasing the barriers to care and prevention methods that exist for Black people is key to the work of the Black AIDS Institute.

The Black AIDS Institute mobilizes communities through its chapter-based coalition, called the Black Treatment Advocates Network. This coalition spans 23 cities and includes stakeholders such as people living with HIV, community advocates, policy makers, and medical providers. This coalition engages in community education and mobilization at the local level. In addition, the Black AIDS Institute’s training and capacity building efforts allow the organization to work with medical institutions, health departments, and community based organizations to provide technical assistance around working with priority populations and uptake of high impact prevention techniques. Finally, the Black AIDS Institute has been providing direct services in terms of HIV testing and support groups for young Black men and for people living with HIV since 2016.

The Black AIDS Institute has provided technical assistance to eight different health departments in the South (FL, LA, GA, MS, MD, AR, Fulton County, Broward County), addressing a wide range of issues. Furthermore, the Black AIDS Institute has worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America to build their technical expertise around HIV, and with events like Essence Festival in New Orleans, to bring information straight to the community. From 2018-2019 the Black AIDS Institute provided over 400 HIV tests to Angelenos.

In 2019, the Black AIDS Institute is stepping into a transition as the founder and CEO retired at the end of 2018. The goals for this year are to continue to deepen the clinical work in Los Angeles and to build more infrastructure for work in the South.

Financials

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Black AIDS Institute

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Grazell Howard

Jesse Milan

Laura Hall

Vanessa Williams

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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