Getting to Zero MA – Fellowship Description

In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), forming a statewide coalition of 40 organizations to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. Since then, the Getting to Zero coalition undertook a successful statewide community engagement process to lay the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero.

The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to relaunch the Activist Academy to train a team of HIV and AIDS activists in order to advocate for the community, mobilize others, and continue moving the conversation forward in Massachusetts.

Apply now and join our 2021 cohort! We’re recruiting a team of passionate, energetic, and hardworking individuals dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic to build a movement in Massachusetts that will ripple to states and communities beyond.

This program will recruit, train, and develop community stakeholders and activists in educating community members in issues related to HIV prevention and access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Academy will equip participants with the comprehensive knowledge and tools to advocate on behalf of their community, mobilize and cultivate other activists, and educate community members and state officials.

Individuals representing the populations most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic are strongly encouraged to apply – namely, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. We’re looking to build a cross-generational class, including long-term survivors, people living with HIV, people who use PrEP for HIV prevention, and advocates.

The advocacy focus of the 2021 cohort will be: sexual health education, sex work decriminalization, overdose prevention, and housing. 

This year each team will be connected with one or two bills related to their advocacy focus. Each team is tasked with creating a project that engages the community in policy awareness while advancing the goals of their advocacy focus.  

Fellow responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Ideal candidates will:

The fellowship program will run from October 2021 to March 2022. Fellows will be compensated with stipends for participation throughout the duration of the program. The deadline to apply is September 12th, 2021. Please visit linktr.ee/GTZMA for our application link.

* Must be 18+ to apply. Accepted applicants will be asked to provide a mailing address to receive payment for participation.

For any further questions, please email Alyvia Norris at anorris@fenwayhealth.org.

Applications open on June 21st! 

Below are the open response questions from the application. Google Forms will not save your responses due to technology errors (i.e. lost wifi, if you get logged out of your account, etc). 

We recommend that you copy and paste the questions below into a separate document to record your answers. Once your answers are complete, you can copy and paste your answers into your application (and have a copy of your answers in case anything happens)! Only completed applications submitted with our Google Form will be accepted. Please do not email your answers.  

Open response questions: 

  1. Why is addressing HIV in your community important to you? (150 words max)
  2. Why do you want to join this fellowship program? (150 words max)
  3. What skills do you possess that make you an asset to a team? What skills do you hope to grow through this opportunity? (100 words max)
  4. What else are you involved in during Oct 2021 – March 2022? How do you plan to manage participation in the fellowship program along with your other responsibilities? (Be sure to include work, school, and/or volunteer responsibilities!) (100 words max)

Important Dates

*(If you miss the info-session email Alyvia for the slides! You can still apply for the fellowship without attending an info-session.)

**Notices will be sent to the email on your application, if you do not receive a response please email anorris@fenwayhealth.org to confirm your email address

More Information

Fenway Health is a federally qualified health center founded in 1971, dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of the LGBT community through access to quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health is also the largest non-hospital provider of HIV/AIDS medical and behavioral health services in Massachusetts.

As part of Fenway Health’s HIV/AIDS work, AIDS Action (the public health division of Fenway Health) works to stop the HIV epidemic and related health inequities by eliminating new infections, maximizing healthier outcomes for those infected and at risk, and tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), a statewide coalition of 40 organizations that work to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. This initiative is part of a worldwide movement dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic, and ensuring that those living with HIV have access to HIV treatments. Getting to Zero includes a future where there is zero stigma around HIV/AIDS, zero new diagnoses, and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Since 2015, Getting to Zero MA has successfully laid the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero, including hosting a hugely successful HIV Innovations in Action Conference where Senator Elizabeth Warren issued her support for the coalition. Getting to Zero MA has also successfully lobbied Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston to sign the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities so that by 2020, 90% of Boston residents will become aware of their HIV status, 90% of residents diagnosed with HIV will receive treatment with antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of those in treatment will achieve viral suppression.