BAY AREA STATE OF EMERGENCY 

 HIV/AIDS TASK FORCE 

WHO IS BASE?

The Bay Area State of Emergency HIV/AIDS Task Force grew out of the 1997 organizational efforts of The African American State of Emergency HIV/AIDS Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Our mission is to see African Americans living well and healthy. ​

Most of BASE’s core group of members were a part of the original decree, and have met for many years without funds, fighting to reflect the disparities that African-Americans are experiencing around HIV/AIDS. BASE's mission is to see African Americans living well and healthy.

 

Initially The Task Force along with the leadership of several groups met that were also focused on the critical issue of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. We initially met as The Black Executive Directors’ Group consisting of the Executive Directors of the following East Bay Agencies: CAL-PEP, Bay Area Consortium for Quality Health Care, HEPPAC/Casa Segura, AIDS Project East Bay, and SMAAC Youth Center. ​ 

Out of this convening, it was decided that the groups would merge and Bay Area African-American State of Emergency Coalition (BASE) was conceived.


BASE continues to persevere with its original mission and platform:
BASE strives to put the urgency back into the state of emergency through collaboration with African American organizations to emphasize the need for awareness and policy in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities across the United States in order to eliminate new infections and eradicate the disease.

BASE platform:
1. Prevention 
2. Counseling/Testing
3. Public Policy
4. Education ​

 

 About Bay Area BASE 

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​BASE strives to put the urgency back into the state of emergency through collaboration with African American organizations to emphasize the need for awareness and policy in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities across the United States in order to eliminate new infections and eradicate the disease. ​

 

The State of Emergency task had been instrumental in pushing policymakers to stay the course in the effort to keep the HIV/AIDS crisis as a priority. The release of the Report by The African American State of Emergency HIV/AIDS Task Force urged the County to declare the nation’s first health emergency in any Black community.