MBK South Mississippi

MBK South Mississippi

Project M.I.A (Men in Action)

Project M.I.A targets high risk negative African-American men who have sex with men (MSM), ages 18 & up and their partners in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region, including Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Pearl River, and Stone counties.  Project M.I.A aims to educate participants on the reduction of risky sexual behaviors, prevention of HIV and STIs and to improve the overall health status of  African-American MSM through the Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) intervention. Many Men, Many Voices is a seven-session small group intervention for HIV/STI prevention among Black Gay Men. The intervention is designed to influence behavior change in relation to HIV/STI prevention.  The sessions strategically address specific influencing factors in a purposeful sequence.

Session topics include:

  • Dual Identity
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Risk Assessment and Prevention
  • Intentions of Act and Capacity Change
  • Partner Selection
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Social Support and Problem Solving to maintain change
  • Building a Healthy Community

The project is funded by Mississippi State Department of Health under announcement PS12-1201.

Project Staff

Program Manager:
Joseph Lindsey, MS
jlindsey@mbk-inc.org
228-896-5515

Outreach Specialists:
Blake Morgan
bmorgan@mbk-inc.org
228-896-5515

Marcus Johnson
mjohnson@mbk-inc.org
228-896-5515

Beautiful and Worth It!
The Beautiful and Worth It! program aims to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among African Americans in the Hattiesburg, MS, metropolitan statistical area (Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties) through awareness, advocacy, care, and collaboration. The Hattiesburg office is a community-based provider of a comprehensive, coordinated and cutting-edge response to HIV/AIDS, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. It uses a holistic approach to address the physical, emotional and social needs of those living with HIV/AIDS in a way that brings hope, healing and empowerment.

Session topics include:

  • HIV/STD 101
  • Cultural competency and stigma
  • Affordable Care Act education

Services provided:

  • Condom distribution
  • Free and confidential HIV testing
  • Referral services: HOPWA, food and clothing pantry, STI screening, mental health and medical care

The project is funded by University of Southern Mississippi.

Project Staff

Program Manager:
Joseph Lindsey, MS
jlindsey@mbk-inc.org
228-896-5515

Outreach Coordinators:
Larry Smith
lsmith@mbk-inc.org
601-582-0031

Terrica Jackson
tjackson@mbk-inc.org
601-582-0031