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With the South making up more than half of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., the time for action is now. In an effort to create a long-term impact in the region, Gilead Sciences, Inc. has come together with three Coordinating Centers - Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southern AIDS Coalition, and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work - to provide intentional investments in the community through the provision of tailored trainings, grants, and shared learning opportunities. The three Coordinating Centers are specifically leading efforts to create collaborative partnerships, increase organizational capacity, build awareness, reduce HIV-related stigma, advance education, share knowledge, and promote the wellbeing of individuals though mental health services and trauma-informed care. Over the course of 10 years, the COMPASS Initiative aims to improve access to and quality of health care services for people living with HIV in the South, increase local leadership and advocacy in the South, and change public perception of HIV/AIDS in the South.