The BLOC will train people of color living with HIV to be full, active, and engaged participants on planning bodies, medical and support care teams, boards of directors, and other efforts to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS StrategyWe value your stories and your expertise, and we want to support you in building on them. The project will run from September 2016 – August 2019 and will host the following training events each year:

  • One (1) national training for transgender women of color living with HIV
  • Three (3) regional trainings for people of color living with HIV
  • One (1) Train the Trainer (TOT) Session for selected graduates of the regional and national trainings

Partner Organizations


The BLOC project is looking for people of color living with HIV who are dedicated to leading on HIV issues in their communities and willing to serve as a leadership project representative.  For more information contact Linda H. Scruggs at or partner organizations. Project information will be posted at

What’s In It for You?

Selected participants will:

  • Learn skills and information important to wellness, leadership and personal/professional development of people of color living with HIV
  • Engage in innovative leadership sessions focusing on national public health trends, policies, and directives directly impacting the domestic response to HIV
  • Have opportunities to travel, learn and grow
  • Become part of a growing national community of people living with HIV (PLHIV) dedicatedto creating better systems and institutions for PLHIV
  • Have access to leading national PLHIV coalitions, nonprofit leaders,as well as federal agencies working on behalf of people living with HIV
  • Receive coaching and mentoring from seasoned PLHIV leaders; and
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of all onsite trainings.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under contract number U69HA304700100. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.