FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Pastors and faith leaders participated in a workshop Monday focused on HIV in the community.

The National Association of Colored People (NAACP) Fort Wayne- Allen County branch put on the program titled “The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative” as part of its mission to provide social justice in the area of healthcare.

Pastor Stephen Terry Sr. of New Life Church of God in Fort Wayne led the training at Parkview Field in the Lincoln Financial Event Center. The focus of the discussion was to learn strategies on HIV that uplift and improve the conditions of the African American community form a spiritual and biblical perspective.

“It’s still an issue in the community, especially in the black community,” Larry Gist, Fort Wayne NAACP president said. “AIDS didn’t just up and fade away… It’s still being spread.”

Gist said the hope of Monday’s workshop was that leaders would take the information they learned, pass it on to their congregation and their congregation would then pass it on to the community.

This is just one of the healthcare topics the NAACP plans on tackling in 2016, Gist added.

For more information from the workshop, contact the NAACP by email or phone at or 260-421-2836.