2002 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on
HIV Prevention and Community Planning...
Regional Advisory Board Meetings

Cleveland, Ohio

August 1 - 4, 2002

For more information
Visit: http://www.naesmonline.org/events.htm

Abstracts Due July 11, 2002 by 5:00 ET!
Visit: http://www.naesmonline.org/OHIOCONFERENCE.htm

National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc. (NAESM), Jackson State University (JSU), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOW), and the National Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum (NBLGLF) will host the 2002 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV Prevention and Community Planning... and Regional Advisory Board Meetings, August 1 - 4, 2002, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference is themed Leave No Brother Behind...Lift Your Brother Up! and will feature community stakeholders and advocates as keynote speakers.

Conference Objectives
The goal of the 2002 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV Prevention and Community Planning... and Regional Advisory Board Meetings is to empower participants in five Key Areas of Interest: (1) Learn how to mobilize African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) through community mobilization; (2) develop key leadership skills for effectively maintaining support systems and broad community support; (3) learn how to reach the younger population of African American MSM via community mobilization and awareness; (4) develop African American Executive Directors to maintain the operation of an agency or organization, market to target population, improve fiscal responsibility, and expand services; and (5) gain additional insight on professional development and how to effectively conduct meetings, gain support from community stakeholders, and access support for programs for African American MSM.

Conference Activities
Plenary: 90-minute general sessions for all participants.

Institutes: 120-minute in-depth session designed to build skills related to a specific conference topic to mobilize African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and their allies.

Workshops: 90-minute simultaneous instructional and/or interactive sessions conducted by an expert or a panel of speakers.

Roundtable/Affinity Sessions: 90-minute simultaneous small group informal discussion sessions conducted by an expert or a panel of speakers.

Regional Advisory Board (RAB) Meetings: Region specific meetings for advisory board members (Midwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, and West).
Conference Highlights
Historical collaborative effort among African American Gay Men of Color (GMOC) Capacity Building Assistance providers
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) "¢ New York, NY
Jackson State University (JSU) "¢ Jackson, MS
National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc. (NAESM) "¢ Atlanta, GA
Special focus on African American Men who have Sex with Men
Special focus on African American Young Adult Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM)
Workshops facilitated for and by African American MSM
New ideas for mobilizing the African American MSM community
Bridging generational gaps
Networking activities
Discussion on the national agenda for African American Men who have Sex with Men on HIV/AIDS
Call for Abstracts
Conference presentations will be selected via the Call for Abstracts. Abstracts are to be submitted in English. Persons or organizations interested in presenting information focusing on prevention programs and/or services for African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and their allies are urged to submit abstracts for consideration. Abstracts will be accepted that are related to the conference topics: (1) Community Mobilizations; (2) Leadership Development; (3) Community Planning Effectiveness; (4) Executive Leadership; (5) Supporting Young Adults; and (6) Special Interests. For more information, visit: http://www.naesmonline.org/OHIOCONFERENCE.htm. Please submit abstracts by July 11, 2002.

Conference Registration
If you would like to register for the conference, please visit http://www.naesmonline.org/OHIOCONFERENCE.htm. Please send completed registration forms to:
Attn: 2002 Conference Coordinator
NAESM, Inc.
2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Suite 602
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Registration Fees
Early registration (postmarked by June 18, 2002): $125.00
Standard registration (postmarked June 19, 2002 through July 18, 2002): $150.00
Onsite registration (postmarked after July 18, 2002 or onsite): $250.00

Full payment is required to register for the conference. You may pay by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. Please make all checks and money orders payable to NAESM, Inc. Please complete the registration form and mail or fax it to (404) 752-9610.
Scholarships
Scholarships are available for both conference speakers and participants. Priority in awarding scholarships will be given to individuals who are in greatest need based on information submitted and on a first come, first served basis. To submit a scholarship request, please complete the scholarship application in its entirety. The scholarship application is included in the registration packet. All information will be held strictly confidential. Please mail or fax the scholarship application on or before July 11, 2002. Scholarship application postmarked or faxed after July 11, 2002 will not be honored. To confirm receipt, please call NAESM, Inc. at toll free (877) 974-2376 or in Atlanta at (404) 753-2900. For more information, visit: http://www.naesmonline.org/OHIOCONFERENCE.htm.

Conference Hotel
The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is the official hotel for the 2002 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV Prevention and Community Planning... and Regional Advisory Board Meetings. All conference activities will be held at the hotel's conference area. NAESM, Inc. has secured special rates for the conference. To make reservations, please complete the Hotel/Air Registrations Form, which is included in the registration packet, and fax to Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The fax number is (216) 696-0432. Space is limited. Make your reservations early. Accommodations for overflow guests will be made at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
$104.00*/night for single room
$114.00*/night for double room
$128.00*/night for triple/quad room
*Rates are not inclusive of applicable state and local taxes
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Tower City Center
24 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Telephone: (216) 696-5600
Facsimile: (216) 696-0432
Travel
Discounted air travel rates have been negotiated with Delta Airlines and Continental Airlines. For air travel on Delta Airlines, contact Delta Meeting Network Reservations at (800) 241-6760. Refer to file number 188240A. For air travel on Continental Airlines, contact Continental's Meeting Works at (800) 468-7022. Refer to reference number UQ66VW.

For more information on the 2002 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV Prevention and Community Planning... and Regional Advisory Board Meetings visit http://www.naesmonline.org or call NAESM, Inc. at toll free (877) 974-2376 or locally at (404) 753-2900.

--NATIONAL AIDS EDUCATION & SERVICES FOR MINORITIES, INC. (NAESM) "¢ Atlanta, GA

National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc. was created in an effort to counteract the ever increasing spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Since the opening of its doors in 1990, NAESM has taken great pride in serving Atlanta's minority community. As a non-profit community based organization, NAESM is a beacon of hope for those in need of love and understanding. NAESM's AAMUAA-CBA Program was created to provide capacity building assistance to three regions in the United States: Midwest, Southeast, and West Regions.
--JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY'S MISSISSIPPI URBAN RESEARCH CENTER (JSU) "¢ Jackson, MS

While the Mississippi Urban Research Center is primarily focused on statewide issues, many of the issues MURC addresses are consistent with national issues. Consequently, the activities of the Center include state and national projects. MURC manages three projects that coordinate HIV prevention capacity building in the South and in Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
--GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT (GMAD) "¢ New York City, NY

Gay Men of African Descent began in 1986 in New York City. Founded by the Rev. Charles Angel, a Black, gay Pentecostal minister, GMAD brought together, for the first time, a group of advocacy, health and wellness promotion, and social support. GMAD provides capacity building assistance to organizations including community planning groups in the Northeast area of the United States (from Maine to Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands) to mobilize community support for HIV prevention services targeting Black gay men.
--NATIONAL BLACK LESBIAN & GAY LEADERSHIP FORUM (NBLGLF) "¢ Oakland, CA


The National Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum is the only national organization dedicated to empowering the nation's Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The Leadership Forum does this by: (1) Building bridges between the Black lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender community and other communities; (2) Advocating for our interests on the national level; (3) Educating the public about the lives and contributions of Black lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons; (4) Increasing visibility within the media; and (5) Developing strong leaders for the future.

--COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH WORKERS (CHOW) "¢ Detroit, MI

The purpose of CHOW is to build a coalition of Community Health Outreach Workers within Michigan to exchange information and participate in joint activities regarding HIV, STD, and other community health issues. The focus of the coalition is to provide advocacy, risk awareness, prevention and intervention education strategies to populations at risk due to poly-drug use, homelessness, sexual activity, economic ability, or mental impairment.

Onward and Upward!

© MBM

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