BASIC NWFL, Inc.

Panhandle Area Community Efforts (PACE) provides advocacy opportunities to increase capacity of community-based partners and works to enhance leadership skills of people living with HIV through mentoring, support, advocacy training, and utilization of advocacy skills to change HIV-related policies. This is done through face-to-face meetings, letter writing campaigns, and phone calls with elected officials on the local, state, and national level.  In an effort to strengthen alliances, PACE works with community partners and buildings their capacity to also advocate on behalf of people living with HIV.

Key Activities

  • Train, strengthen, and increase the skills of people living with HIV to advocate for and support HIV policy issues
  • Develop a community coalition to advocate for a better community understanding of HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and the importance of informed-decision surrounding sexual health.
  • Recruit and train consumers to be visible spokespeople who advocate for change in the community through the formation of a grassroots-speaker’s bureau.
  • Present on the status of the HIV epidemic in communities and the need to improve policies that impact the epidemic.