"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Our Mission is to provide culturally specific HIV prevention, education and services to people of African descent who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.
The African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF) was founded by African American community members who were concerned with the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African American people living in Minnesota. Their goals were:
- To increase the availability of culturally specific service providers to address the needs of African American people who were living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS; and,
- To empower communities to help themselves.
Since its inception in 1994 on World AIDS Day African American AIDS Task Force has served thousands of Minnesotans living with and affected by HIV. Our primary goal remains to address health disparities among African Americans and others regardless of race or ethnicity. We acknowledge that each individuals need is unique therefore we work to build bridges and partnerships with each of our clients to address those needs. Learn more about how we can help you, or someone you know.
Reflective of the Communities We Serve
The agency’s board, leadership, staff, and volunteers are largely representative of the populations served and are highly qualified to deliver all services the agency provides. In addition, the agency partners with community volunteers and peers (people living with HIV) to deliver services. This approach has served as an effective means to: establish credibility among the intended population(s), gain access to communities, and empower those in need.
Providing Holistic Support
AAATF staff are cross-trained to ensure that client needs are met in a timely, appropriate, and effective manner. Throughout this continuum, AAATF provides consistent messages and accurate information utilizing a harm reduction approach on subjects that like: HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, medication adherence, safer sex practices, risk reduction, alcohol and chemical use, safer drug and needle use, decision-making & negotiating skills, sexual development, and sexual identity.
AAATF strives to deliver services that are:
- Culturally relevant
- Tailored to meet the needs and history of each individual
- Fully integrated into a continuum of HIV/AIDS prevent and care, which provides those served with full access to all services our agency and partners have to offer
- Drawing upon the deep strength, resources and skills of the communities that we serve through peer-based outreach and education
- Engaging individuals at a pace that is mutually negotiated and designed to empower those served
- Grounded in harm reduction
“We encourage people to live their best life, according to them.”
Gwendolyn Velez, Executive Director
How you can help today
100% of AAATF services are free to those who qualify. Most of our clients are between 250%-300% below the federal poverty guidelines.
The ability to provide free services is possible due to donations from: individuals, government, corporate & family foundations, faith-based institutions and others.
You can help by making a donation today.
Photo Credits: Ben O'bro.