The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is a national organization that began in 1971. We have 7,000 dedicated members representing 63 chapters in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The local Oakland-Bay Area Chapter was chartered in 1995 and launched the “Sistah’s getting Real About HIV/AIDS” initiative in 2004 and immediately expanded to a nation-wide Coalition effort and is a requirement for all chapters.
Our HIV/AIDS initiative is just one of our program activity areas that embodies the chapter’s mission to increase the participation of African American women in economic, civic, entrepreneurship, and human services arenas through education, scholarship, and collaboration.
Starting in 2004, the goal of Sistah’s getting Real About HIV/AIDS” billboard Campaign was to raise awareness among African American Women to the importance of being tested and knowing their status. The Billboard Campaign Launch coincided with National Testing days and sites with the California Prevention Educational Project. CAL-PEP is a community-based 510c3 organization that specializes in HIV/AIDS prevention and education and works to raise awareness about the disproportionate impact HIV infection has among African-Americans in Alameda County. The agency strives to educate community members on techniques and behaviors that can make HIV disease 100% preventable! CAL-PEP has administered the OraQuick rapid HIV test free of charge to over 300 people. In addition to testing, HIV test counselors will provide risk reduction counseling during the twenty-minute wait. Safer sex tips and safe sex kits will also be provided for all those being tested.
Then through collaborations with “Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) we established “The Real Conversations” series and presented information and exposure to medical information via a speaker series in July 2009 attended by 300 people. We used this forum and others as a means of collaborating with community service organizations and other agencies focused on HIV/AIDS. We helped to provide up-to-date information to the community; to communicate the critical nature of HIV/AIDS; to provide healthy lifestyle alternatives that prevent and reduce the chance of contacting HIV/AIDS; to provide information on available services; to embrace honesty and acknowledge sexuality; to provide assistance in handling family, social, work, and religious related issues associated with HIV/AIDS, and to increase the number of advocates for the cure and eradication of HIV/AIDS.