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.