We collaborated with the agencies and people listed below. They were essential contributors to the toolkit effort. Some are national and others are local to Jackson and Baltimore where we started this project. We are also listing here some resources that we have identified that you may wish to share with your participants. They may also be helpful to facilitators and agencies using the toolkit.
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National Minority AIDS Council
The American Foundation for AIDS Research
Center for Disease Control
Community Education Group
African Ensemble Theater
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Gay Men’s Health Collaborative
Total Health Care
Black Men’s Xchange
John Hopkins University AIDS Education & Training Center
The REACH Initiative of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
STAR TRACK Health
Meet for a Cause
Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council
Maryland Department of Health
Sisters Together and Reaching
Chase Brexton Health Care
The Health Education Network
AIDS Action Baltimore
Community Cares Project
Jackson State University
MS in Action
Mississippi Center for Justice
My Brother’s Keeper
Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
Bridge-Port Services Group
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services
Mississippi Health Alliance
Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative at Widener (ISRC)
At the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative (ISRC) at Widener University, we are devoted to supporting, enabling, and producing a rich and comprehensive body of scientific research in human sexuality at the intersection of varied theoretical approaches. Our focus is on the application of research to shape innovation in sexuality education and sex therapy, with an eye on the effectiveness of cutting-edge approaches and their cultural-responsiveness.
ISRC’s unique interdisciplinary approach to investigation looks to Dennis Dailey’s (1981) Circles of Sexuality Model as its source of inspiration and the conceptual framework to guide our inquiry. The five areas of focus are: Sensuality, Intimacy, Sexual Health and Reproduction, Gender Identity, and Sexual Agency, with Culture and Spirituality incorporated across all of the five areas.
Learn more about the ISRC at widenerisrc.com.
ViiV ACCELERATE! Initiative
Launched on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) in 2015, ACCELERATE! is ViiV Healthcare’s four-year, $10M commitment to fund innovative and promising projects that support the health and wellbeing of Black gay and bisexual men in two cities hardest hit by HIV – Baltimore, Maryland, and Jackson, Mississippi.
Learn more about ViiV Healthcare and ACCELERATE! at viivhealthcare.com/en-us/accelerate-initiative.
JRNI Coaching, founded by Noelle Cordeaux and John Kim, provides evidence-based coach training, vibrant community, and lifetime support towards becoming a coach. The SWAG Toolkit team partnered with the JRNI app to adapt and develop it for use as an online venue to run the interactive and supportive programming that is in the toolkit. There is now a SWAG Toolkit-specific version of the app designed for Black gay and bisexual men that was developed with community and CEC feedback. It can be used to host virtual support groups, provide wellness content, and allow a safe, private space where people can share their stories and connect with one another around a topic or shared experience. If you are interested in using JRNI as part of the SWAG Toolkit resources, please get in touch with the toolkit team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander T. Blue Jr.
Andrew B. Spiers
Erica L. Smith
John Taylor Thomas
Kurt Ragin Jr.
Wesley K. Thomas
Yolo Akili Robinson
Linda Stringfellow, MS
Executive Director, F.A.B.R.I.C. Inc.
Cedric L. Sturdevant
Peer Health Navigator Coordinator
STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program
Sam McClure, Director
The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase
Brexton Health Care
Curriculum and Website Design
Andee Mazzocco and Steven Mangione, SAYGRID