ELEVATE = Engage Leadership through Employment, Validation, and Advancing Transformation and Equity for persons with HIV

ELEVATE is founded upon the Denver Principles.

ELEVATE builds on the achievements of HRSA and RWHAP training programs and incorporates their features into a single project.

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the ELEVATE program is to build the capacity of Persons With HIV (PWH) to be meaningfully involved in the planning, delivering, and improving of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) services.

ELEVATE will address needs in workforce recruitment, development, and advancement for PWH in populations 50+, Young Black Men, transgender/gender non-conforming (T/GNC), Latinx, and the recovery community. ELEVATE will bring forth an increased initiative in these communities hit hard by HIV so that self-awareness and self-advocacy will grow, while supporting the four goals of the HIV National Strategic Plan as displayed in Figure 1.

Figure 1.

Pillars of the EHE Initiative

HIV Plan 2021 Goals

ELEVATE Activities


Goal 1: Prevent New HIV Infections

ELEVATE activities will not directly impact prevention efforts. However, RWHAP providers and systems that are aware of the impact of HIV-related stigma and are trained in stigma-reduction strategies may be better equipped to have conversations with individuals and communities about harm reduction strategies to empower ELEVATE participants’ communities and workplaces.


Goal 2: Improve HIV-Related Health Outcomes of People with HIV

ELEVATE Training will seed the 57 EHE in the U.S jurisdictions with approximately 620 individuals trained in health literacy, program development planning, specialized CQM training, and workforce capacity development training for RWHAP grant recipients and subrecipients. ELEVATE will address stigma in policies and established organizations and structures, thereby improving HIV and health access and treatment retainment.


Goal 3: Reduce HIV-Related Disparities and Health Inequities 

ELEVATE Leadership Training will build support for organizational embrace of practices that reduce HIV stigma and other intersectional forms of stigma experienced by the communities that are most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic.


Goal 4: Achieve Integrated, Coordinated Efforts that Address the HIV Epidemic among All Partners and Stakeholders

ELEVATE leadership training will bring together RWHAP agencies from across the EHE in the U.S jurisdictions to build a cohesive and state-of-the-art ELEVATE curricula for the TOT summit and face-to-face Capacity and Leadership Trainings. The curriculum will include cultural responsiveness and humility content that will be disseminated throughout the RWHAP system.



ELEVATE will monitor for any new developments or HIV outbreaks in the United States and respond by adopting and adapting the ELEVATE training to address any outbreaks. ELEVATE will teach participants about data through the QI section of the curriculum.

ELEVATE will have three components to best meet the needs of the targeted community members most at risk from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program community and participants within the 57 EHE in the U.S jurisdictions: Leadership Training, Coaching for PWH, and Web-based resources. This work will be accomplished through interrelated activities across the five partnering organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

Each ELEVATE training will consist of 75% people with HIV and 25% RWHAP. Individuals participating in the ELEVATE training must be persons with HIV (people with HIV/PWH) aligned with a RWHAP Recipient and Subrecipient.

To participate in the ELEVATE Program one must meet the following criteria:

  • Employed by RWHAP
  • Member of Planning Bodies or Planning Councils
  • Member of Consumer, Community, and Patient Advisory Boards
  • Director from the Boards of RWHAP
  • Member of Clinical Quality Management Teams or Committees
  • Other PWH aligned with a RWHAP seeking greater involvement
  • Live within of the 57 Ending the Epidemic Jurisdictions 

Individual Applications Coming Soon

Organizational Applications Coming Soon


NMAC will lead ELEVATE in partnership with JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and the Latino Commission on AIDS.

ELEVATE is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $796,749.00 with 100 percentage funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Contact Information

Project Contacts:

Charles Shazor Jr.
Project Manager
Lauren Miller
Health Equity Program Coordinator

HRSA Contacts:

PO Name
LaQuanta Smalley
PO Title
Project Officer


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Recipient Organization: NMAC

Grant number: U69HA39335

Project Period: 9/2/2020 - 8/31/2024