New Training Opportunity: National Native American & Native Alaskan BLOC Bootcamp Training (July 12-15, 2021)

Posted June 25, 2021

Through the BLOC Program, we will train Native Americans and Alaskan Native 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 Strategy. The BLOC Program also provides participants with leadership skills to empower you to advocate for yourself and your communities, while providing opportunities where you can apply these skills on a local, state or national platform.

The purpose of this intensive four-day virtual BLOC Bootcamp training is to increase awareness and competency as well as fine-tune the leadership capacity of up-and-coming leaders from the People of Color living with HIV (POCLWH) community. Through the BLOC Bootcamp training, participants will learn how to become more formally engaged in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of HIV-related services. Our belief is that together with community, we can work towards ending disparities and ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America. The BLOC Bootcamp training learning objectives include:

  • Introduce and define leadership including traits and characteristics of leaders
  • Introduce forms of stigmas including enacted and layered stigma
  • Introduce health numeracy, measurement tools, and patient support
  • Build skills for calculation, data analysis, and performance measurement
  • Increase knowledge of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and opportunities for involvement
  • Develop individualized goals and goal statements for seeking leadership opportunities

In order to apply, you must be a Native American and Native Alaskan living with HIV living in the United States with intermediate leadership skills. The BLOC Bootcamp training group will be a mix of diverse backgrounds and identities. Applicants with experience working alongside various populations around HIV disparities are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have basic knowledge and skills relate to HIV disease management and consumer involvement experience (participation in speakers’ bureaus, consumer or community advisory boards, support groups, etc.). After completion of the BLOC Bootcamp training, participants are encouraged to participate in activities related to program planning for PLWH in the community.

A mandatory orientation webinar is scheduled for 11 am PST on 7/9/2021 where we will discuss the BLOC program overview including the training agenda.

Due to the turnaround time for the training, the applications for the BLOC Bootcamp training are due by 7/2/2021. Selected applicants will be notified via email by 7/6/2021.

Please click here to apply

Questions? Please contact Christopher J. Paisano at

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