The COMPASS Initiative is led by three Coordinating Centers working collaboratively to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern region of the United States. Each Coordinating Center is leading the provision of trainings and funding related to one of the three primary focus areas of the COMPASS Initiative. Community investment around these three focus areas will occur through trainings, grants, and shared learning opportunities. Initially, the Coordinating Centers will target their work across the nine-state Deep South region – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas – providing community grants, shared learning opportunities, and capacity building assistance to organizations in the region.

Capacity Building and Shared Knowledge

Spearheaded by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, this priority area focuses on building capacity and increasing shared knowledge among HIV/AIDS-serving community-based organizations.

Wellbeing, Mental Health, Substance Use and Trauma-Informed Care

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work draws attention to the role of wellbeing, mental health, trauma-informed care in the HIV epidemic, as well as substance use and the opioid epidemic.

Stigma Reduction and Culturally Appropriate Care

Led by the Southern AIDS Coalition, this priority area emphasizes the need for HIV awareness, education stigma reduction, and culturally appropriate care in our effort to address the epidemic in the Southern United States.

Each coordinating center has a long history of programmatic and research activities dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States, as well as expert staff and consultants passionate about investing in their local communities.