HIV is a very real concern in the world today, both locally and globally. It is a virus that not only has very real health consequences, but like all disease very real economic and community impact as well. The stigma of having HIV increases an already difficult fight of helping people living with HIV find resources to receive the treatment they need. Stigma also creates a “social barrier” between people, prevention, and treatment. Clarksville Area Ministers Technical Assistance Network is a 501c3 charitable organization designed to connect clients with other organizations, programs and resources that are available to individuals with various health issues within the community. In addition, we provide vital information to the community in the form of capacity building. Community Capacity Building (CCB), also referred to as capacity development, is a conceptual approach to social or personal development that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations from realizing their development goals while enhancing the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results.

CDC estimates that roughly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV – and nearly one in eight of those are not aware that they are infected. Prevention efforts have led to encouraging declines in new diagnoses among some populations – including African American women, people who inject drugs and heterosexuals – and a stabilization in new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, including black men. However, as many as 50,000 people still become newly infected each year. In addition to recognized risk behaviors, a range of social and economic factors places some Americans at increased risk for HIV infection.

About Clarksville Area Ministers Technical Assistance Network (CAMTAN)

CAMTAN began it’s work October 3rd of 2003, under the vision, care and guidance of the Greenwood Community Missionary Baptist Church. We were created to establish a non-judgemental, inclusive, non-alienating, safe and caring environment to encourage outreach and dialogue to and for its residents which are the primary ingredients used to allow all people to have equal opportunity to realize their life’s potential and life’s possibility through good health and wholesomeness in mind, body and spirit.

We are a network of resources providing training and technical assistance to the community, as well as counseling and support to our clients. We are committed to being a Faith-Based community outreach program designed to increase the community's awareness of the health conditions of health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, HIV / AIDS, and mental health, as they exist and to educate community organizations, churches, and civic leaders on ways to promote better family health within the Clarksville - Montgomery County Area, especially targeting African Americans and other minorities within the community.