Southern HIV Impact Fund grantees are working to effectively address the prevention, care and support, and advocacy and leadership needs of individuals and communities affected by HIV in the South.
The cohort includes many leaders and organizations with years of HIV experience and many others who are relatively new to HIV but with a history of intersecting social justice work. Learn more about each project below.
Abounding Prosperity, Dallas, TX
Abounding Prosperity (AP), Inc. provides services addressing health, social and economic disparities among Black men; particularly gay and bisexual men and male to female transgender individuals. AP’s services help consumers achieve self-sufficiency through skills development, increased knowledge and access to community resources. Through innovative strategies including club/bar outreach, social media/marketing campaigns, community partnerships with universities and community programs, and engaging community stakeholders, AP recruits persons from the target population to test for HIV and STIs, provide Patient/Peer Health Navigation, and bridge-care that includes rapid initiation of anti-retroviral medication.
Affinity Health Center, Rockhill, SC
Affinity Health Center has a strong history of providing HIV services through an intersectional social justice approach. Its mission is to serve the healthcare needs of its community by providing access to high quality, comprehensive care with compassion, dignity and respect. Affinity Health Center works to expand access to, and knowledge about, HIV prevention services for those most at risk; enhance understanding of HIV stigma, social determinants of health, impact of adverse childhood experiences on health outcomes, and provision of culturally responsive care for those most at risk for HIV. Affinity Health Center is committed to offering enhanced physical space for those disproportionately impacted by HIV to feel welcomed and included.
Alamo Area Resource Center, San Antonio, TX
Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) is the largest non-profit HIV services provider in San Antonio and South Texas, annually providing HIV single point of care services to over 1700 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to maximize the quality of life for individuals who are homeless, disabled or facing life challenging illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, through comprehensive, compassionate, and effective social support services in South Texas. Through its San Antonio Men of Color Access to Care Project, AARC provides members of the Latino and African American MSM community with comprehensive prevention, medical care and supportive services including Patient Navigation services for newly diagnosed men of color living with HIV and increase engagement and adherence to medical care for men of color living with HIV/AIDS.
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Atlanta, GA
For the past 22 years, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC) has offered comprehensive programs to remove health disparities in the most disfranchised community in Atlanta. They are committed to promoting health and dignity by reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, STIs, and substance use within vulnerable communities. AHRC engages in discussion and education about Harm Reduction with legislators, police, churches, and community; identifies and trains leaders within the HIV/AIDS community and continues to strengthen its Community and Youth Advisory Board. Through this work AHRC is helping to: pass the Harm Reduction Bill, increasing voices within the community, and reduce the impact and stigma of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and bacterial infections related to unsafe injection practices.
BASIC NWFL, Panama City, FL
BASIC is a volunteer-governed, community based-organization dedicated to aiding, assisting and comforting people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends. It is the only HIV/AIDS organization that provides full HIV care continuum services including prevention, care and treatment services in the six-county region of the Central Panhandle of Northwest Florida. BASIC is establishing a comprehensive health promotion, outreach, and recruitment plan by using cutting-edge and innovative strategies, as well as traditional outreach strategies to reach and provide education about HIV prevention and testing to target populations.
Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc, Birmingham, AL
As the oldest AIDS Service Organization in Alabama, the mission of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. BOA hosts the only legal program in the state exclusively dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ legal advocacy, education, outreach, and representation made available through pro bono legal services. They are also forming a peer-oriented MIPA legal focus group of persons living with HIV/AIDS to design a new series of MIPA education and interactive trainings on HIV and the Law in Alabama, LGBTQ rights/issues, voter rights/issues, and other select topics.
BRBAC Metro Health, Baton Rouge, LA
Since its founding, Metro Health has consistently worked to ensure that African Americans have access to HIV testing, prevention and health services. The mission of BRBAC is to reduce the spread of HIV, STDs, and substance abuse through testing, street outreach, peer programs, and education. Its Sister-to-Sister program, which is one-on-one intervention sessions with sexually active African American women between the ages of 18 and 45 who have male partners, is being market and implemented across the area. The program conducts weekly sessions for women at risk for contracting HIV.
BreakOUT!, New Orleans, LA
BreakOUT! envisions a city where transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer youth of color can live without fear of harassment and discrimination. They seek to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans. Their work builds on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth ages 13-25 and directly impacted by the criminal justice system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs. Their 6-month, Building Our Power Institute paid internship hired young people as trainers and workshop facilitators, because they recognize that their members are the experts in understanding their needs.
Capitol Area Reentry Program, Baton Rouge, LA
Capital Area Reentry Program (CARP) strives to provide individuals living with or at risk of acquiring and/or transmitting HIV/AIDS and substance use the tools to reduce the spread of HIV through education and prevention. It has been providing intervention with the LGBT community since 2010 with the “Out The Box” (OTB) Initiative, which is an MSM, holistic intervention that provides a culturally sensitive, safe, non-judgmental environment focusing on the health needs of the LGBT community. Under this initiative CARP will hold an HIV/PrEP Prevention Walk in collaboration with Southern University and Community Partners; support its Mentors of Colors Initiative (Peer-led mentor group); provide HIV counseling/testing and PrEP training for peer leaders; hold an MSM and Transgender leadership conference during National Gay Men HIV Awareness Day; and a Ms. Bayou Awareness pageant.
Choices: Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, Memphis, TN
CHOICES provides comprehensive reproductive health care to all populations in the Memphis area. The mission of CHOICES is to provide excellent medical care in a judgement-free space and help people make informed decisions about their reproductive health. By leveraging its intersectional and patient-centered approach to medical service delivery, CHOICES does HIV risk screenings and counseling (for high risk populations – transgender people of color, MSMs, and African American women), PrEP and financial assistance; other screenings (and referrals) to identify other issues requiring support such as mental health, interpersonal violence, basic or financial literacy, etc.
Collaborative Solutions, Inc., Birmingham, AL
Collaborative Solutions works in partnership for the empowerment of human service organizations and communities to positively impact special needs populations, including PLWHA. The Low-Income Housing Coalition of Alabama (LIHCA) is a statewide, nonprofit membership organization that addresses the housing needs of extremely low-income populations across Alabama. The partnership will convene a steering committee of consumers; educate property managers and landlord associations on fair housing laws; provide leadership and advocacy; and train existing leadership of participant organizations on ways to recruit and retain paid and volunteer leaders who represent marginalized communities.
Counter Narrative Project, Atlanta, GA
Founded in 2014 as a catalyst for social and cultural change, the Counter Narrative Project’s (CNP) mission is to build power among Black Gay Men (BGM) and work in coalition with the broader Black LGBTQ community. HIV is a social justice issue. HIV justice efforts must be connected to and be in conversation with all movements committed to ending structural violence. Recognizing visibility is critical to social change. CNP will impact mainstream media and Black media, by increasing the level of content published and posted specific to the impact of HIV on the lives of Black gay men.
East Texas Cares Resource Center, Tyler, TX
In response to the HIV epidemic, East Texas Cares Resource Center was formed in 1989 to assist a rural, underserved area in understanding how the virus was transmitted and proper prevention. Its work includes connecting with other service organizations to connect and reconnect people to medical care and support services, with an intent of increasing the number and percentage of people virally suppressed in the region. They also educate people about what being HIV positive means in terms of the impact on their health and the health of others, using afro-centric models.
Equality Florida Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Equality Florida Institute is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Since 1997, Equality Florida Institute’s goal has been to uproot bigotry and fight for equality for LGBT people in Florida. Its work focuses on gaining broad, bipartisan support from Florida residents on the issue of HIV Criminalization Reform, and prioritizing outreach and coalition building with HIV advocates and organization leaders across the state to ensure their HIV Criminalization Reform Project draws on the experience and leadership of people living with HIV/AIDS to inform authenticity and appropriateness of all program goals.
Equality Foundation of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Equality Foundation of Georgia works to advance fairness, safety and opportunity to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies throughout the State of Georgia. Equity Foundation of Georgia is educating PLWHA, non-HIV advocates, advisory and planning bodies, and elected officials about advocacy, social justice, and HIV-related policy issues. As an organization committed to representing the broad diversity of LGBTQ communities, Equality Foundation of Georgia is also committed to looking at how issues related to race, ethnicity and economic status intersect with discrimination.
Freedom Fund Network, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
To address the twin epidemics of HIV and LGBTQ overincarceration, the Freedom Fund secures the liberty and safety of, and provides medical-legal-social linkages to LGBTQ and HIV-positive people held in wealth-based detention. The Freedom Fund HIV/AIDS Jail Linkage and Prevention Program works to secure the release and safety of LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals in Florida in pretrial detention, debtors’ prison (those held for nonpayment of fees and fines) and immigration detention. With the support of the Southern HIV Impact Fund and driven by the leadership of those most impacted by incarceration and HIV/AIDS, the Freedom Fund is able to curb disparities at the intersection of LGBTQ, gender, health, racial and economic justice.
Frontline Legal Services, Inc., New Orleans, LA
rontline Legal Service’s mission is to provide legal and policy support for those on the frontline of America’s public health and human rights crises, and to provide legal, health education, and risk reduction services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. Frontline is expanding its Litigation Section to include Disability, Discrimination, and Decriminalization. Building upon its Educational/Legal Clinics at prisons and HIV/AIDS community organizations across the state, Frontline provides access to health care, fights discrimination and improves the quality of life of people living with HIV in Louisiana.
HEROES, Columbia, LA
HEROES brings lifesaving services and assistance to those who are impacted by HIV in the rural South. Its outreach programs, retreats and educational initiatives are tailor-made for the issues faced in Northeast Louisiana. HEROES’ HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care Continuum Impact program helps overcome the challenges faced by individuals in this region. HEROES will create a MIPA-driven advocacy network by building collective social capital that facilitates communication and the uptake of new ideas, norms and standards within and between professional communities and consumers of a practice.
Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Jackson, MS
The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (Foundation), a private nonprofit Mississippi Corporation chartered in August 1996, is a national model for high-quality healthcare. Its mission is to foster a holistic approach to healthcare for the underserved and to promote community and economic development in the Jackson Medical Mall area. The Foundation will develop and implement a best practice Speak Your Truth training program; recruit, identify, and provide Speak Your Truth training to at least four individuals to promote care, impact policy changes, advocacy, and movement building; and plan and convene the HIV Facing the Crossroads of Faith and Racism Summit.
Latino Commission on AIDS, Inc., Durham, NC
The Latino Commission on AIDS mission is to impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in the context of addressing health disparities, by spearheading health advocacy, promoting health education, developing and replicating evidence-based programs for persons living with HIV/AIDS and high-risk communities. They also work to build capacity across the public health sector, including individuals working in the field and/or with the Latino community, CBOs, health departments and healthcare organization; improve information, access, availability and acceptability of PrEP in the Latinx community; and, address inequities in funding and growing capacity of LGBTQ Latinx grassroots and newly-nascent organizations and programs in North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia.
Mississippi Center for Justice, Jackson, MS
The mission of the Mississippi Center for Justice is to marshal legal resources to reshape the state’s institutions, policies, and markets to achieve racial and economic justice, human dignity, and opportunity for all Mississippians. This project continues to enhance the capacity of the HIV/AIDS community statewide to advocate for increased protections and services for PLWHA through outreach and education efforts. The annual convening of the Mississippi AIDS Justice Project offers an opportunity for clinicians, AIDS service organizations, lawyers, federal and state agencies, PLWHA and others to collaborate and strategize on the unmet legal needs and policy issues of PLWHA.
Mississippi Positive Network, Jackson, MS
Mississippi Positive Network’s mission is to “unite and uplift all persons living with HIV who reside in Mississippi, by amplifying our individual voices and collective voice.” Its work supports Mississippi AIDSWatch; MSPN’s Webinar series launch (HIV Hurricane! – HIV-specific disaster preparedness, and Intersectionality); MIPA Mississippi Summit 2018 (second annual); and constant contact with our HIV+ peers with daily dosing of information about disease self-management, policy, service delivery issues and community activities.
NAESM, Atlanta, GA
The mission of NAESM is to address the myriad health and wellness issues confronted by black gay men through advocacy, services, and education. In conjunction with Morehouse College Public Health Sciences Institute, and The Georgia AIDS Education Training Center, this work supports the 3rd Cohort of Fellows for the Build-A-Brother- Institute Fellowship. The BABI Fellowship is a year-long fellowship dedicated to providing personal and professional development growth opportunities for Black MSM who resided in the South with a dedicated focus on Black MSM living with HIV.
North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Raleigh, NC
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network improves the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and affected communities through outreach and public education, policy and advocacy, and community-building to increase visibility and mutual support of people living with HIV/AIDS throughout our state. The Southern HIV Impact Fund supports HIV Speaks on Jones Street, an annual educational event at the North Carolina General Assembly and Building Power Across the Spectrum, the annual HIV Advocacy Conference.
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Greensboro, NC
NCHRS’s mission is to encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in North Carolina and the American South through leadership, advocacy, resource and policy development, and education. This work will enhance a grassroots coalition of injection drug users, incarcerated people & people of color living with HIV/AIDS, to raise awareness and advocate for issues that affect drug users & people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly in connection with racial discrimination and justice reform.
Positive Impact Health Centers, Duluth, GA
For 25 years, Positive Impact Health Centers has provided HIV specialty medical care, client services, behavioral healthcare and worked tirelessly to prevention the transmission of HIV. Its mission is to provide “client centered care for the HIV community to have a life worth loving.” Positive Impact will implement TWILLOW to increase HIV prevention skills and give women an opportunity to explore their relationships. It also helps women bond with each other and network.
Positively Living, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Positively Living /Choice Health Network (CHN) began as a day center for East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS in 1996. It strives to provide culturally competent and compassionate care to underserved individuals. The Southern HIV Impact Fund supports its work to implement mental health services for at-risk and HIV+ individuals; provide psychological evaluations to individuals who would benefit from diagnostic clarity and/or psychotropic medication; and, provide lab services to at-risk individuals who would benefit from PrEP medication.
Prevention305, Miami Beach, FL
Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) Miami works to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV stigma by expanding access to PrEP and empowering those vulnerable to HIV with accurate, culturally relevant information. The Southern HIV Impact Fund supports PAC’s efforts to provide peer education, support and linkage to PrEP for Latinx young adults on dating apps; Train 6 Peer Navigators to guide those seeking PrEP in English and Spanish; identify HIV hotspots in the county and provide mobile education on dating apps in those locations; identify culturally competent PrEP providers who accept referrals; and create a tracking system to optimize education and linkage.
Racial Justice Action Center, Atlanta, GA
The Racial Justice Action Center (RJAC) builds the grassroots leadership and power of marginalized communities in order to fight for – and win – political, economic, and social transformation in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Its work develops the leadership of directly impacted people to take action to transform the institutions and policies that affect their lives. Members and leaders gain skills, power, and make concrete and lasting changes that are improvements for the whole community.
Rural Women’s Health Project, Gainesville, FL
The mission of the Rural Women’s Health Project is to work with communities to overcome health barriers; using evidence-based strategies to build sustainable and replicable community programs. Rural Women’s Health Project will facilitate two regional trainings for health service providers and community gatekeepers to better understand barriers to care for Latino populations; strengthen the organization’s analysis and planning for the next 5 years; broaden their technological capacity to serve the community with secure systems (messaging service, navigation App, referral texts; and build coalitions and continue to support the development of Latino community leaders.
Southern AIDS Coalition, Birmingham, AL
Founded in 2001, Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is a non-partisan coalition of government, community, and business leaders and individual members working to prevent new infections and build a better South for people living with HIV. SAC utilizes a two-pronged strategy that includes preparing gay and bisexual men of color and women of color for leadership roles within the movement through the LEAD (Leadership Education and Advocacy Development) Academy; and strengthening the capacity of broader state-based advocacy networks to demand the systemic policy changes and strategic investments necessary to end the HIV epidemic in their states.
Southerners On New Ground, Atlanta, GA
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is a home for LGBTQ liberation across race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG will engage LGBTQ Southerners in strategic organizing projects to change and challenge the political conditions that criminalize and endanger LGBTQ people, Black people, immigrants, women, PLWHA, youth, and poor/working class people; Support anti-criminalization work and bail out actions; and engage key leaders and members in leadership development opportunities as well as regional convenings.
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Lake Charles, LA
The mission of the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) is to improve health status through access to information, education and health services. Providing HIV prevention services since 1997, SWLAHEC seeks to improve health through numerous programs focusing on two main areas: 1) recruiting and educating health professionals and 2) educating the public on how to live healthier lives. SWLAHEC’s funding from the Southern HIV Impact Fund will provide staffing to the Louisiana Public Health Region 5 STD/HIV Task Force to coordinate the efforts of the task force and reduce new HIV infections in Southwest LA.
The Right Choice Project, LaPlace, LA
The mission of The Right Choice Project (TRCP) is to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) by providing comprehensive primary care services, education, state-of-the-art laboratory testing, counseling, intervention services, and treatment adherence along with referral service to the Tri-Parish areas. Funding from the Southern HIV Impact Fund supports training workshops for youth leaders, implementation and technical support, and follow-up workshops. Youth leaders will assist TRCP through peer interaction, social media, Snapchat and other sources to fulfill the work that will benefit the community as a whole.
THRIVE SS, Atlanta, GA
THRIVE SS created a private network to offer a safe space for Black gay, bisexual, same-gender loving and other men who have sex with men living with HIV to come together for holistic support. Its mission is to provide support, through lessening gaps and disparities, advocating through mobilizing people living with HIV and improving health equity. Southern HIV Impact Fund supports iTHRIVE, iSurvive anti-stigma photo shoot and event, medical adherence dine and learn and workshops, and a Community Linkage Fair/ACA open enrollment event.
Valley AIDS Council, Harlingen, TX
Valley AIDS Council (VAC) is the only Ryan White-funded agency providing medical care and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the lower Rio Grande Valley on the US/Mexico border. VAC is utilizing a multi-facility system to provide and expand capacity of services to individuals infected with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS and related co-morbidities. VAC will raise awareness of stigma and the intersectionality that contributes to HIV in the Latino population in South Texas by creating “Cuentos Digitales” (short films) in collaboration with our community partners, for online distribution and to be shown as part of our annual Pride on the Border celebration.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Asheville, NC
WNCAP is dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to healthcare and disease prevention. WNCAP will formalize a peer navigation program to addressing a significant gap in services in the region. Once established, the program will expand to providing access to PrEP, first to in-house HIV case management clients’ discordant partners then to people at highest risk of HIV via focused community outreach.