Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
2128 11th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
Phone: (615) 321-9791
Fax: (615) 321-9793
Title: Metropolitan Community AIDS Network
Project Director: Sharon L. Crawford
Target Population: Black/African-American
Age Group: Adolescents, Adults
The Metropolitan Community AIDS Network is a collaborative effort between Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Street Works, and the following faith-based organizations Galaxy Star, Mt. Nebo, Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church and New Vision Baptist Church. All have agreed to be part of this project which provides outreach, HIV testing, counseling and referral, and other prevention services to high risk African-American communities in Nashville, Davidson County and the Middle Tennessee HIV prevention planning region. The project targets African-American 18 years and older; particularly those living in high risk communities.
The project identifies and recruits faith-based and community-based minority-serving organizations interested in addressing HIV/AIDS. The project objectives are to: recruit and train all network partners; mentor network partners in conducting outreach, educating and conducting counseling, testing and referrals in targeted communities; host two clergy-led, community-wide HIV events each year to raise the level of awareness in the community; and through capacity building, assist network partners in building the infrastructure to continue prevention activities. Capacity building training is conducted for partners using training materials developed by project staff. Individualized organizational training is provided to address building infrastructure and the community needs. Faith-based and community-based organizations receive training and mentoring for HIV activities on the following subjects: non-profit status, 501c3, policies and procedures, grant writing, and fund-raising. Organizations receive assistance in writing grant proposals. Churches are identified to host annual community events and commit to providing HIV education and testing services. Faith-based and community-based organizations conduct street outreach and counseling, testing and referral services in the target communities.