What is Project ABLE?
- AIDS Budget Legislative Effort
- A coalition to advocate for state funding to sustain HIV/AIDS treatment and social services, imperative to ensuring public funding is available to the statewide network of AIDS service organizations providing a continuum of care to clients and their families
- A network of HIV/AIDS resources for prevention, treatment and social services
What does Project ABLE do?
- Protects the availability of services by connecting service providers and their clients directly to legislators
- Grows our network of allies with advocacy roles, creating a strong framework of well-informed and politically motivated organizations voicing the needs of their communities
- Secures and improves the community-based service network caring for 15,000 people living with HIV in Massachusetts for over 15 years.
What’s in the future?
- Project ABLE will continue statewide organizing efforts that bring together HIV/AIDS consumers, providers, and advocates to effectively educate their State Senate and House Representatives about the need to support the community-based HIV/AIDS service delivery network
- Project ABLE’s Advocacy Consultant will facilitate trainings for members to improve their community organizing skills in addition to the accessibility of their own HIV/AIDS services.
- Members will recruit HIV consumers, program administrators, and care providers to meet with their elected officials in person.
What is involved in the training?
- Prepares members to play key roles in the legislative and budgetary process
- Facilitates development of member’s advocacy skills such as community organizing, contacting legislators, and use of the media to reach broader segments of the community
- Incorporates current issues relevant to HIV/AIDS service delivery, including ethnic, cultural, and regional differences that affect access to services
- Helps transform organizations from having to be passive recipients of public aid to being active partners with their elected officials
- Creates a foundation in Massachusetts for community-level organizing and activism around public health issues.