Community Outreach Program
Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) community members are at high risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The community represents almost 1 in 3 people diagnosed with HIV in Ontario. It is estimated that about 40% of ACB people living with HIV do not know their HIV status, meaning that those who are at risk need to get tested regularly.
Black CAP’s Community Outreach Program shares HIV and other STI information with ACB heterosexual youth (age 16 to 29) and adult (age 30 years and over) who are at risk for HIV/AIDS.
The Program is guided by three core objectives:
- To increase the knowledge and awareness of behaviors that place ACB heterosexual youth and adults at risk of HIV.
- To increase access to ACB heterosexual youth and adults HIV/STI testing, prevention, and sexual health promotion messages.
- To create ACB heterosexual youth and adults access to supportive environments, including reducing stigma and discrimination.
Black CAP’s Community Outreach Program:
- Conducts one-on-one education to increase their knowledge about HIV and STIs
- Delivers HIV/AIDS and other sexual health awareness and education workshops in collaboration with community partners who work with ACB community members
- Conducts outreach activities at community events such as Caribana, Afrofest, Jamaica Day, etc. and other social activities, particularly those attended by ACB heterosexual community members
- Distributes condoms and other sexual health related information in community spaces that serve ACB community members
- Supports community partners serving ACB community members in delivering HIV and other sexual health education programs across the city.
Request a Workshop:
To request a workshop, one-on-one session or to invite us to do outreach at your event, please click here to complete form and email it to Amanda Parke, Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (416) 977-7664.
Community members are always welcome to join the outreach team. In fact, the program relies heavily on the ongoing support of volunteers. HIV knowledge is not a requirement and training is provided for all volunteers.
The Community Outreach Program is funded by Toronto Public Health under the Toronto Urban Health Fund.