Building a statewide network of Black women activists and advocates
The Advocate Training Program (ATP) is California Black Women's Health Project's acclaimed program designed to train women from the grassroots community to become effective health policy activists and advocates. The issues addressed range from general empowerment to specific health concerns, such as mental and emotional wellness.
The central focus of the Advocate Training Program (ATP) is to empower Black women who are not traditionally part of the policy advocacy arena to advocate for their health and the health of their families. Through the ATP, we enhance and expand the network of activists, policymakers and leaders striving to improve the health of Black women in California. The ATP is centered on core tenets of advocacy, organizing, civic engagement and peer support around issues pertaining to the health and wellness of Black women and girls. The customizable curriculum covers a broad overview of health policy advocacy, agenda setting, effective outreach and education strategies and leadership/social action training.
Success and expansion of the ATP
Since the inception of the Advocate Training Program in 2002, the ATP has produced more than 200 advocates throughout California, trained in Black women’s health and well being, media advocacy, community organizing, strategy development and policy advocacy. Graduates of the program have gone on to conduct awe-inspiring work in their communities in the areas of homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, and more.
The Advocate Training Program is regarded as an impactful, and deeply moving program. In fact, is has become so successful that we now have a variety of ATP offerings focused on specific health topics including:
For more information on the Advocate Training Program and to receive an application, please contact Sonya Aadam, CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org