NAACP to Host HIV Training for Faith Leaders

Nationwide Initiative Compels African-American Faith Leaders to Educate Congregations on the Disparate Impact of HIV in Black Communities

(Manhattan Beach, Calif.) On Thursday, October 24, the NAACP’s California State Conference will host an HIV training for senior faith leaders at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. The training is part of The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, the NAACP’s health program designed to train black church leaders on how to educate their parishioners about HIV prevention and screening.

African-Americans represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for almost 46 percent of people living with HIV in 2008, and constituted an estimated 44 percent of new infections in 2009. Eliminating this disease will take bold action from faith leaders who engage weekly with millions of African American parishioners attending their churches. More than 119,000 people in California are living with HIV/AIDS, according to data collected by the California Department of Public Health. African Americans constitute nearly 18 percent.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is more than a medical issue, it is a social justice issue,” said Shavon Arline-Bradley, Senior Director of NAACP Health Programs.  “HIV has increasingly attacked the African American community for the last three decades, leaving us with the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the country. Our program, The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, serves as a tool in the fight against HIV by giving faith leaders the resources they need to tackle this crisis in their churches.”

The NAACP, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, recently announced a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to expand The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative program to the 30 cities that account for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s HIV epidemic. Los Angeles is a part of the pilot program.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Press availability before and after the event.                                                                        

Marriott – Manhattan Beach
1400 Parkview Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

About Gilead Sciences
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.

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