The “PrEPing Our Future” Health and Wellness (H&W) Tour was created to initiate culturally competent activities rooted in decreasing the impact of the HIV epidemic and other health disparities for Black LGBTQ communities at HBCUs. NBJC launched the 2017 PrEPing Our Futures Tour in southern states, including: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The five tour-stops to date in 2017 include: Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University; University of the District of Columbia; North Carolina Central University; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
During this past academic school year, NBJC brought its resources and programmatic efforts to improve the health and wellness of the Black LGBTQ population at HBCUs. NBJC partnered during Pride Weeks and National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days, and with campus student health services and public health departments to take action within HBCU networks. Through this effort, NBJC has been able to integrate targeted PrEP messaging with informative programming, workshops and trainings at HBCUs that cater to the Black LGBTQ population, and enhance efforts on the ground. While on tour, NBJC mobilized a number of HBCU stakeholders on these campuses, including administrators, faculty, student leaders and health service providers. During these comprehensive workshops, NBJC focused on both LGBTQ cultural competency and health and wellness issues impacting Black LGBTQ people.
During the upcoming fall semester, NBJC will launch its National PrEP Ambassadors (PrEP'ed for Success campaign), which is a peer-education led initiative consisting of trained college students who provide information on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to their peers on-campus and in their local communities. This national peer-education leadership program at HBCUs will empower Black youth and provide them with an opportunity to enhance their public health expertise around subject matters related to safe sexual practices and STI prevention, specifically HIV/AIDS.