About Us

The Banyan Tree Project is a national capacity building assistance project funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mobilize the Asian & Pacific Islander community to increase testing and utilization of HIV/AIDS testing and related services. We do this in three ways:

  • National Asian & Pacific Islander Leadership Coalition
  • National Anti-Stigma Social Marketing Campaign
  • May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Asian & Pacific Islander Leadership Coalition

Our National Asian & Pacific Islander Leadership Coalition seeks to engage leaders from the broader Asian & Pacific Islander community, not just from medical and HIV/AIDS fields, but also from business, education, media and religious communities. By expanding the reach of the Banyan Tree Project to more leaders in the A&PI community, we can help reduce the stigma related to HIV, increase awareness, and turn the tide of HIV infection in the community. To find out more about our Leadership Coalition, or to serve on the coalition, please contact Sapna Mysoor at sapna@apiwellness.org.

National Anti-Stigma Social Marketing Campaign

The Banyan Tree Project's social marketing campaign produces a public service announcement annually targeting various segments of the Asian & Pacific Islander community. The campaign aims to increase communication and change attitudes around HIV/AIDS, leading to increased testing and utilization of HIV/AIDS related services. To get materials from this year's campaign, please check out our 2010 Campaign page. Please email either David Stupplebeen at das@apiwellness.org or Stephanie Goss at Stephanie@apiwellness.org for more information.

May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Started by the Banyan Tree Project in 2005, May 19 serves as a day to bring the community together to remember those we have lost to HIV and AIDS, as well as provide HIV education and testing. We encourage community based organizations to coordinate May 19 events in their area. Even if your organization does not provide direct HIV services, we strongly encourage you to hold an event that will increase awareness within your community. We have resources to help you connect HIV/AIDS to your work, or to help you educate A&PIs in your area about HIV/AIDS. Please contact David Stupplebeen at das@apiwellness.org for more information.

For more information about our partner organizations, please visit our Contact Us page.

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The Banyan Tree Project is a program of Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Our partners are nonprofit and community-based organizations dedicated to providing HIV referrals, education, outreach, advocacy, prevention and care services to A&PI communities.

This web site was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U65PS002095-01 from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Taking Root Digital Storytelling Initiative is also supported by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.