The Center For Black Health & Equity will utilize our existing multi-sector national health equity network to promote CDC's Lets Stop HIV Together (Together) messages and campaign materials and include MPOX messaging at in-person and virtual events. Through the Partnering and Communicating Together Through The Center Network program (PACT-CN) we will target Together campaign messages and community interventions for African Americans who bear a disproportionate burden of the effects of HIV and MPOX. Over the course of this grant period, The PACT-CN Project will: 1) forge strong partnerships and linkages between CDC-funded HIV and MPOX initiatives and African American communities; 2) develop an infrastructure that facilitates a reciprocal transfer of knowledge between African American communities and CDC-funded HIV and MPOX programs; and 3) facilitate a national dialogue on the importance of African Americans being screened for HIV and vaccinated for MPOX and ultimately eliminate healthcare stigma. The Center will continue to promote HIV messaging and include MPOX in its established events such as the State of Black Health National Conference and events coordinated with its strategic partners. The Center will engage with national MPOX experts and the general public to continue sharing information on MPOX and its impact on African American communities specifically.
As a national Black health equity network with multifaceted partners from various sectors of government, civic, faith-based and local entities, The Center is ideally positioned to raise awareness and educate our community of the importance of HIV and MPOX prevention, screening, treatment and vaccinations and the risk of these disparities in African American communities.