Our History

On June 15, 2006, sixteen African-American women convened a meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the plight of Black women living with HIV and AIDS in our nation. The two-day meeting focused on the urgent need for African- American women to influence and set public policy for Black women infected with and at risk of HIV/AIDS in the United States.
The following year, the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network was introduced to the AIDS community at the 2007 United States Conference on AIDS in Palm Springs California and August 21, 2009 the Network received its non-profit incorporation status.
The Network demonstrates the high degree of commitment, dedication and urgency around the need to proactively plan and promote a political platform of action for Black women infected with and at risk of HIV/AIDS in this country and ensures that the leadership of Black women is part of the efforts to build a national policy agenda that will address the complex needs of Black women living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Founding Members

  • Jacqueline Coleman, Washington, DC,
  • Bambi Gaddist, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Deborah Hickman, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Debra Fraser-Howze, New York, New York
  • Vanessa Johnson, Washington, DC
  • Barbara Joseph, Houston, Texas
  • Deborah Levine, Bronx, New York
  • Marlene McNeese-Ward, Houston, Texas
  • Linda H. Scruggs, Washington, DC
  • Rae Lewis Thornton, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ivy Turnbull, Brooklyn, New York
  • Ferdette West, Washington, DC
  • A. Toni Young, Washington, DC