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Multicultural AIDS Coalition

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One Message, Many Voices


The mission of the Multicultural AIDS
Coalition (MAC) is to mobilize communities of
color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We work to
ensure high quality, accessible prevention and
treatment services for people living with HIV, at
high risk for becoming infected, or closely
affected by the disease.

We also support broader community efforts to


eradicate conditions that fuel the epidemic,
including substance abuse, lack of health care
access, homelessness, incarceration and
oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender and
sexual orientation.

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
• National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7th
• National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10th
• Black Church Week of Prayer
March 1st - March 7th
• National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20th
• World AIDS Orphan Day
May 7th
• National HIV Vaccine Research Awareness Day
May 18th
• National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 19th
• Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
June 8th
• National HIV Testing Day
June 27th
• National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
October 15th
• World AIDS Day
December 1st
Fight the Fear

Fear of knowing one’s status


Fear of being isolated
Fear of being judged
Fear of others finding out
Fear of physical or emotional abuse
Fear of disappointing loved ones
Fear of loving someone with HIV
Fear of one’s future
Fear keeps us silent
January 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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“I’m not the enemy,,


but the virus is. New Year

Fight the virus,


Kwanzaa Ends

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not the person.”
- Anonymouss

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MLK, Jr Day Inauguration Day

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Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Black is
is...
...cornrows and dreadlocks
...double-dutch and city sidewalks
...timberlands and air force ones
...curry goat and oxtails
...bow-ties and final calls
...geles and dashikis
...and more

This February, and beyond, celebrate the


hopes and dreams of a people whose
contributions to the global society challenge
the boundaries of heaven and earth.

This Black History Month, the Multicultural


AIDS Coalition honors our ancestors and our
future generations by encouraging those
here and now to join in the fight to end HIV
and AIDS in Boston’s Black communities.

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS


Awareness Day. This year’s theme is simple
and can never be stressed enough:

“Black Life Is Worth Saving”


For more information, go to: www.blackaidsday.org/index.html
February 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Black HIV/AIDs
Conference Series:
Black Communities and HIV Groundhog Day
February 6
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National Black
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7
Blacks are disproportionately Love Safely
affected by HIV/AIDS. While Valentine’s Day
making up only 13% of the
U.S. population, they account 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
for more than 49% of AIDS
cases. AIDS is now the
leading cause of death for
Black women ages 25 to 34,
and the second leading cause Presidents Day
of death for Black men ages
35 to 44. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
[HHS.org]

Ash Wednesday

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Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
National Women & Girls
HIV Awareness Day

Project N.E.B.A.I. Initiative In 2005, women represented 26 percent


of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only
11% of new AIDS cases reported in 1990.
An interfaith effort committed to improving the delivery of effective Most women are infected with HIV
HIV/AIDS services in the Black Community, N.E.B.A.I. is a through heterosexual contact and
comprehensive approach including training, education, coalition injection drug use. Women of color are
building, and technical assistance. We aim to inspire hope to disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
communities by empowering the faith community to address AIDS is now the leading cause of death
HIV/AIDS in local congregations. “Who Touched Me Ministry,” a for Black women ages 25 to 34.
program of Project N.E.B.A.I., in association with Balm in Gilead has
sponsored the annual “Black Church Week of Prayer for the
Healing of AIDS,” a powerful week of prayer, education and action.
March 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Black Church Week


of Prayer for the
Healing of AIDS
March 1-6
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Black HIV/AIDS
Conference Series:
Black Women and Girls
March 9
Daylight Savings
Time Begins
Women and Girls
HIV Awareness Day 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
March 10

National Native
American HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day St Patrick’s Day 1st Day of Spring
March 20
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− Program Staff −
Cynthia Harris
Program Director
617-238-2440
charris@mac-boston.org 29 30 31

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
Community Health Nexus Project
The Community Health Nexus Project aims to improve the overall
capacity of Minority-Serving Community Based Organizations. Nexus
provides technical assistance & capacity development as well as
cultural competence training designed to enhance HIV/AIDS programs
resulting in better service to communities of color. We bring in the best
resources specific to addressing the needs of the community and
make these resources available to community-based organizations,
faith based organizations, and volunteers. Wear a red ribbon to help
raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Technical Assistance Cultural Competency


& Capacity Building Training
The TACB Team is designed to work with The MAC offers Cultural Competence training to
organizations in developing the appropriate providers who serve communities of color at-risk for
infrastructure for supporting HIV/AIDS HIV infection or individuals who have been infected
programming. The training helps identify how by HIV. Our Cultural Competence training is built on
program design relates to outcomes and determine the understanding that cultural competency is an
the support needed to successfully reach target ideal we strive toward; it is a journey and not an
populations and achieve community health goals. end result.

The team also provides “The Micah Faith Training topics have included: “HIV and Women of
Leadership Training”, an HIV/AIDS resource Color,“ “HIV and MSM of Color,” “ HIV and
training developed by MAC to increase the capacity Transgender People of Color,” & “ Introduction to
of people of faith to respond to the HIV/AIDS Cultural Competence” just to name a few.
epidemic Funded by NEAETC
April 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Upcoming Cultural
Competency Trainings:

Black MSM & HIV


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Friday, April 10

Black Women & HIV


Friday, May 22

Sub-Saharan Palm Sunday Good Friday


Africans & HIV
Friday, June 19 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

− Program Staff −
Chioma Nnaji Easter Tax Day
Program Director
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617-238-2421
cnnaji@mac-boston.org

Giovanni Hernandez
Program Assistant
617-238-2452 Earth Day
ghernandez@mac-boston.org
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Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
Polio

HPV

Influenza

Hepatitis A & B

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With over 40 million people living with HIV worldwide,
and over 20 million lives already lost, the need for an
HIV vaccine is more urgent than ever. Finding a safe
and effective vaccine to prevent the spread of HIV is
our best hope for stopping the AIDS pandemic. To
end AIDS, the world needs prevention, care,

HIV
treatment, and a vaccine.
May 2009
HIV
H IV V
Vaccine
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Awaren
Awareness Day
May 18 1 2 3 1 2 1 2
This annual observance is a
day to recognize and thank
the thousands of volunteers,
community members, health
professionals, and scientists
who are working together to
find a safe and effective HIV
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vaccine. It is also a day to
educate our communities
about the importance of
preventive HIV vaccine
research.
For more information visit
bethegeneration.org
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National Asian &


Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day
May 19
Mother’s Day
Black HIV/AIDS
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Conference Series:
Sub-Saharan Africans &
HIV
May 29

− Program Staff −
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Cynthia Harris
Program Director
617-238-2440
charris@mac-boston.org

Steven Fleury 31 Memorial Day


Program Coordinator
617-238-2406
sfleury@mac-boston.org Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
June 27th
National HIV Testing Day

Are you

that you’re

?
HIV is 100% Preventable
Early Detection Leads
to Early Treatment

Get Tested.
For more information go to www.hivtest.com
June 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Caribbean American
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
June 8

Black HIV/AIDS
Conference Series:
Black MSM & HIV
June 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Black LGBT Pride


June 11 – 13

National HIV
Testing Day
June 27 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
A Day for people to receive
opportunities nationwide to
learn their HIV status.

Men Of Color Against AIDS


MOCAA 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
617-238-2480

− Program Staff −
Father’s Day
Cynthia Harris 1st Day of Summer
Program Director
617-238-2440 28 29 30 27 28 29 30
charris@mac-boston.org

Steven Fleury
Program Coordinator
617-238-2406
sfleury@mac-boston.org

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
AFIA is the first program in
Massachusetts dedicated to addressing
the increasing HIV/AIDS rates in
African communities.

Services we offer:
• HIV Prevention & Education
• Community Partnerships
• Support & Referrals

“I’m not the enemy,


but the virus is.
Fight the virus, not
the carrier.”
July 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Get Talking! 1 2 3 4
Having a good discussion is
like having riches.
- African Proverb

Independence Day
Get Educated!
Lack of knowledge is darker 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
than night.
- African Proverb

Get Tested!
No one knows caution
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as regret.
- Kenyan Proverb

Get Involved!
A problem shared is a
problem solved. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
- African Proverb

− Program Staff −
Chioma Nnaji
Program Director 30 31
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617-238-2421
cnnaji@mac-boston.org

Josephine Mogire
Program Coordinator
617-238-2462
jmogire@mac-boston.org
Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
In 2005 Community based
organizations led efforts to help the
Boston City Council declared a “State
of Emergency” regarding the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in Boston’s Black Community.
This declaration resulted in the Boston
Public Health Commission allocating
additional monies for HIV-related
health care services within the Black
Community. The Multicultural AIDS
Coalition (MAC) was designated to
implement HIV prevention and
State of Emergency Initiative education activities under this contract.
August 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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State of Emergency is
charged with the following:

• Holding community forums


to address HIV/AIDS in the
Black community
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• Implementing community-
level HIV/AIDS prevention
and education outreach

• Facilitating individuals most


at-risk of HIV infection into
health services, specifically, 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
HIV counseling & testing

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− Program Staff −
Chioma Nnaji
Program Director
617-238-2421 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
cnnaji@mac-boston.org

Jennease Hyatt
Program Manager
617-238-2451 Women’s
jhyatt@mac-boston.org 30 31 Equality Day

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
Join the VOICES
for RECOVERY
real people
people,, real recovery
Be Aware...
...substance use affects you’re ability to
be safe and make decisions.
Your health matters, don’t let it slip away.
September 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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September is National
Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month. The
Multicultural AIDS Coalition
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takes a strengths-based
approach to working with
those community members
struggling with addiction to
substances. Substance use
can affect one’s ability to Labor Day Patriots Day
make safer decisions, which
may lead to HIV infection. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
MAC encourages and
congratulates those working
to make a difference.

During National Alcohol and


Drug Recovery Month, we
emphasize our commitment 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
to alcohol and drug addiction
prevention. This month is
also an opportunity to
recognize those who have
had the courage to combat 1st Day of Autumn
and overcome addiction.
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Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
Casa Iris is a community based Casa Iris, Inc. es una Organización
organization which offers culturally sin fines de lucro que les brinda
and linguistically appropriate peer servicios a latinos/as infectados/as
support and referral services to por el VIH y / o diagnosticados con
HIV/AIDS infected and affected SIDA. Estos servicios se llevan a
Latinos, in the Greater Boston Area. cabo culturalmente y
Casa Iris provides a safe and lingüísticamente en forma apropiada.
confidential environment that respects Casa Iris provee un ambiente
the rights and opinions of everyone. seguro, confidencial y respetamos
los derechos y opiniones de todos.
Our Mission is to create a supportive
environment in which Latinas/Latinos La Misión es proveer servicios de
can empower themselves with a apoyo y referidos para promover una
pro-active approach to their disease. vida pro-activa contra el VIH/SIDA en
la comunidad Latina/Hispana

Casa Iris
October 2009
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Weekly Support Groups:


General/Mixed Group Mondays
5:30:00pm—8:30pm
www.myspace.com/casairis_mac
Support Group
Available Services:
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• Counseling
• Support Group
• Advocacy
• Hospital Visit
• Risk Assessment Support Group
• Office Visits Child Health Day
• Peer Support
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National Latino AIDS


Awareness Day
October 15
Support Group
Columbus Day

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− Program Staff −
Cynthia Harris
Program Director
617-238-2440
charris@mac-boston.org Support Group

Giovanni Hernandez 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Data Coordinator
617-238-2452
ghernandez@mac-boston.org

Support Group Halloween

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
This month we express our Gratitude for
unsung heroes and heroines in the fight
against HIV/AIDS.

Alvin Ailey Sidney Borum

Michael Richmond Glen Williams

Illkatanya Payan Moses Sanders

Wayne Wright Easy E

Pedro Zamora Philly Lutaaya

Belynda Dunn Kiki Djan

Dr. Lydia Mungherera Nkosi Johnson

Rhoda Cramer Arthur Ashe


November 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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We look back this month to


think of the people that have
Daylight Savings
helped the cause in such Time Ends
great measures that do not
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share this Earth with us any
longer. If it wasn’t for some of
these smart and brave people,
we would not be this far in
our fight against HIV/AIDS.
We must think of them and Veteran’s Day
give our thanks for their
efforts. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Fight as they are always


watching over you.

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Thanksgiving

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Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
World AIDS Day
Ways to Commemorate
Know your HIV Status. Get tested.
Encourage a friend to get tested.
Talk to your children, friends, and sexual partner about HIV.
Learn something new about HIV/AIDS.
Learn how to correctly use a condom.
Attend a forum at a local school, public library, or
community center to discuss HIV/AIDS issues.
Participate in town hall meetings to discuss the
impact of HIV/AIDS in the community.
Attend events at a local HIV/AIDS service
organization regarding the epidemic.
Send an essay, poetry, or poster to your local
newspaper for publication.
Encourage local newspapers, television and radio
stations to develop a story on the impact of
HIV/AIDS in your community.
Share your story to educate someone.
Memorialize a loved one who was lost to AIDS.
Wear a red ribbon to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
December 2009
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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World AIDS Day


December 1
World AIDS Day is dedicated
to raising awareness of the
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AIDS pandemic caused by
the spread of HIV infection.
AIDS has taken more than 25
million people, with an
estimated 33.2 million people
living with HIV, making it
one of the most destructive
epidemics in recorded 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
history. The idea of World
AIDS Day originated at the
1988 World Summit of
Ministers of Health on
Programmes for AIDS
Prevention.
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Christmas Day Kwanzaa Begins

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New Years Eve

Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street • Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org
Where to go for help? Local HIV/AIDS Resources

AIDS Action Committee BPHC HIV Dental Program Gay and Lesbian Advocates Massachusetts Asian &
294 Washington St., 5th Floor 774 Albany St. 2nd Floor & Defenders, Pacific Islanders for Health
Boston, MA 02108 Boston, MA 02118 AIDS Law Project 59 Temple Place, Suite 406
617.437.6200 617.534.2344 30 Winter Street, Suite 800 Boston, MA 02111
www.aac.org 617.426.1350 617.426.6755
Brigham and Women’s www.glad.org www.mapforhealth.org
Bioscrip Pharmacy Hospital
21-23 Stanhope St. 15 Francis St Gay Men’s Domestic Massachusetts
Boston, MA 02116 Boston, MA 02115 ViolenceProject General Hospital
617.375.9656 617.732.8881 955 Massachusetts Ave Cox 5, 100 Blossom St.
www.bioscrip.org www.brighamandwomens.org Cambridge, MA 02139 Boston, MA 02114
617.354.6056 617.726.3906
Boston Area Rape Cambridge Cares www.gmdvp.org www.mgh.harvard.edu/id/
Crisis Center About AIDS
989 Commonwealth Ave. 17 Sellers St. Harbor Health Services, Inc. Pine Street Inn
Boston, MA 02215 Cambridge, MA 02139 Neponset Health Center 28 Rockwell St.
1.800.841.8317 617.661.3040 398 Neponset Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124
www.barcc.org www.ccaa.org Dorchester, MA 02122 617.825.8564
(617) 282-3200 www.pinestreetinn.org
Boston Health Care for the Dimock Community www.harborhealthservices.org
Homeless Program Health Center Roxbury
729 Massachusetts Ave 55 Dimock St. JRI Health Comprehensive Clinic
Boston, MA 02118 Roxbury, MA 02119 Sidney Borum Health Center 435 Warren St.
617.414.7779 617.442.8800 130 Boylston St Roxbury, MA 02119
www.bhchp.org www.dimock.org Boston, MA 02116 617.442.7400
617.457.8150
Boston Living Center Dorchester House www.jri.org Whittier Street
Multicultural
Multicu
ult AIDS Coalition
29 Stanhope St. Multi-ServiceCenter Health Center
Boston, MA 02116 1353 Dorchester Ave Latin American 1125 Tremont St.
617.236.1012 Dorchester, MA 02122 Health Institute Roxbury, MA 02120
www.livingcenter.org 617.288.3230 95 Berkeley St. 617.427.1000
www.dorchesterhouse.org Boston, MA 02116 www.wshc.org
BMC Center for HIV/AIDS 617.350.6900
Care and Research Fenway Community www.lhi.org Women of Color AIDS
840 Harrison Ave Health Center Council, Inc. (WCAC)
Dowling Building, Ground Floor 7 Haviland Street Martha Eliot Health Center 409 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02118 Boston, MA 02115 75 Bickford St Dorchester, MA 02121
617.414.4290 617.267.0900 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Phone: 617-541-1050
www.bmc.org/HIVAIDS/ www.fenwayhealth.org 617.971.2100 Email: wcac@comcast.net
Home.htm www.children.harvard.edu

Programs supported by Boston Public Health Commission & Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc. • 31 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 • 617-442-1622 • mac-boston.org