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Empowered Community Grants

Empowered Community Grants

Alicia Keys, as part of the Empowered campaign, is spearheading a community grants program to help advance community-level efforts focused on women and HIV/AIDS. The grants program will be administered by AIDS United, with guidance from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Empowered Community Grants Program is part of a broader effort by Ms. Keys to reach women in the U.S about HIV/AIDS, including a cross-platform public information campaign developed with Greater Than AIDS, called Empowered. Other elements include targeted media messages and community outreach. Greater Than AIDS is a leading response to the U.S. domestic epidemic led by the Kaiser Family Foundation together with the Black AIDS Institute and supported by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners. For more information, go to: http://greaterthan.org/campaign/empowered/

The Empowered Community Grants program is supporting innovative programs for marginalized, underserved populations of women that don't have or can't get prevention and care services. The first EMPOWERED Community Grants Program grantees are:


The Empowered Community Grants Program also is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

An advisory committee reviewed proposals from community-based organizations, and made recommendations to AIDS United, who made the awards and administer the grants. The advisory committee includes:

  • Dawn Averitt – Founder and Chair of the Well Project
  • Dr. Ada Adimora – Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina
  • Paurvi Bhatt – Independent Technical Expert
  • Tayla Colton – Senior Director of Programs, Keep a Child Alive
  • Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick – Medical Director, Infectious Disease Care Center at the United Medical Center
  • Anu Gupta – Director, Corporate Contributions Division, Johnson & Johnson
  • Vanessa Johnson, JD – National Coordinator, National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)
  • Alicia Keys – Singer-songwriter; Co-Founder Keep a Child Alive; HIV/AIDS advocate
  • Naina Khanna - Executive Director, Positive Women's Network – US (PWN-USA)
  • Terry McGovern – Professor of Health and Human Rights, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Leisha McKinley-Beach – Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Technical Assistance, The Black AIDS Institute

For more information on the Empowered Community Grants program, Empowered Community Grants


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