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.

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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.

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

Training Schedule & Applications

Training sessions are 3-5 days long, and cover topics such as leadership, HIV prevention and treatment, public health, advocacy skills, and more. There are special sessions for key demographic groups.

Participation is limited, apply now:

Individual Registration

Organizational Registration

Training Details

Training Region



Year 3, Training One - In Person  

Southern - Jackson, MS Sept. 12-16, 2022 20 Participants 75% people with HIV, 25% RWHAP
Year 3, Training Two - Virtual Latinx Espanol Sept. 26-30, 2022 25 Participants 75% people with HIV, 25% RWHAP
Year 3, Training Three
- In Person
Eastern - New York, NY Nov. 7-11, 2022 20 Participants 75% people with HIV, 25% RWHAP
Year 3 – Training 4 – Virtual MSM Jan. 23 -27, 2023  
Year 3 – Training 5
- In Person
Pacific NW – Oakland CA Espanol Latinx Feb. 6th – 10th, 2023  
Year 3 - Training 6 – Virtual Cis Gender, Hetero Apr. 3 – 7th, 2023  
Year 3 – Training 7
Midwest – Detroit, MI

May 8th – 12th, 2023


Year 3 – Training 8 – Virtual T/GNC June 5th – 9th, 2023  
Year 3 – Training 9 – Virtual Espanol Latinx July 10th – 14th, 2023  
Year 3 – Training 10 – Virtual Black Women August 7th – 11th, 2023  


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 P. Smalley, MPH, BSN, RN, CPN
PO Title
Project Officer


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Recipient Organization: NMAC

Grant number: U69HA39335

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