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HIV/South Funding Project/HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Southern U.S.
  Gilead COMPASS Project
Factors Impacting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Southern U.S.
The Gilead COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative™ is an unprecedented $100 million commitment over 10 years to support organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States. Gilead has selected three coordinating centers to lead the corporate giving program of the initiative. These coordinating centers will identify and provide funding to local organizations that are committed to addressing the epidemic throughout the region, focusing on capacity building and shared knowledge in community-based, underfunded organizations; wellbeing, mental health and trauma-informed care; and awareness, education and anti-stigma campaigns.
HIV/AIDS remains an urgent public health crisis in the United States, and this is particularly true in the Southern region of the country where rates of new infection rival those seen in the 1980s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today, the Southern United States is home to nearly half of all people living with an HIV diagnosis (45%) and nearly half of HIV-related deaths in the United States (47%).i,ii HIV disproportionally affects Latinos, transgender women, Black women and Black gay and bisexual men, in part due to stigma, poverty, lack of access to healthcare and racial inequality.iii
About the Coordinating Centers -
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
For more than 25 years, future public health leaders have pursued their quest for social justice and the elimination of health disparities at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Rollins provides direct access to hands-on research and collaboration with the world's leading public health agencies. The school's scientists and educators have played a key role in HIV/AIDS from the earliest days of the epidemic.
The Emory coordinating center will build on Emory's extensive history of HIV research, training and technical assistance to support organizational capacity building. The Emory center will use a data-driven approach to identify geographic areas where organizational capacity building will have the greatest impact.
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is a nationally recognized program that prepares diverse leaders in practice and research to address complex challenges and achieve sustainable social, racial, economic and political justice, locally and globally, through exceptional education, innovative research and meaningful community engagement. GCSW research initiatives and community partnerships have fueled successful HIV programs for nearly a decade.
The GCSW coordinating center will enhance HIV/AIDS prevention and care efforts by incorporating attention to the role of wellness, trauma, mental health and substance use, and increasing capacity to conduct comprehensive assessments using evidence-based screenings and appropriate follow-up care.
Southern AIDS Coalition
The mission of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States. SAC is a non-partisan coalition of government, community and business leaders working alongside thousands of individual members to prevent new infections and build a South inclusive of people living with HIV. SAC does this through public health advocacy, capacity building and education, research and evaluation and strategic grantmaking.
The SAC coordinating center will develop and support education and advocacy efforts to address HIV-related stigma, discrimination and health inequities.
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