The three Coordinating Centers will provide individual consultations, and group trainings to facilitate individual or organizational change among organizations in the South. These trainings and consultations will focus on addressing the COMPASS Initiative focus areas including capacity building, stigma reduction, trauma informed care and wellbeing among people living with HIV.

The COMPASS Initiative seeks to create long-term, sustainable change in leaders, organizations, and communities by supporting capacity building strategies that will strengthen the infrastructure and support the viability of organizations that serve those living with HIV/AIDS. Our unique community-centered trainings explore how systematic oppressions, stigma, and racial, ethnic, and gender inequities impact the South.

To request one or more trainings on behalf of your organization, please submit an online training request detailing the information, resources, or training topic(s) from which your organization may benefit. The appropriate Coordinating Center will respond to your training request within 72 business hours from the time of submission.

Eligibility: Community based organizations with a 501(c)3 status, non-profit organizations withouth a 501(c)3 status, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and other not for profit organizations with a medical care component, all of which must be residing in any of the nine (9) Deep South states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX) are eligible to apply for trainings (please note that local government agencies are also able to apply to Wellbeing & Mental Health or Stigma Reduction & Culturally Appropriate Care trainings only).

The COMPASS Coordinating Centers offer education, training and capacity building programs in the following areas:

This focuses on building organizational capacity and increasing shared knowledge among HIV/AIDS-serving community-based organizations. Available capacity building trainings include:

Don't see what you're looking for? Then contact us with a description of the requested training and we will assess whether or not we can meet that need, or refer you to another organization outside of the COMPASS Initiative that can assist with that specific request.

Governance and Leadership*

Governance refers to board-level oversight and decision-making related to strategic direction, financial planning, and bylaws. This includes policies that outline the organization's purpose, values, and structure. Trainings in this category will help organizations strengthen their systems of governance and leadership.

Mission, Values, and Strategy*

Trainings in this category will help organizations set priorities, focus staff energy and resources toward those priorities, and strengthen operations. These trainings will also help organizations ensure alignment between employee and stakeholder efforts, establish or adjust common goals and agreements, and develop plans to achieve intended outcomes.

Finance and Administration

Fiscal accountability is the key to maintaining a healthy non-profit organization. Trainings in this category will help organizations set financial goals, establish management systems, ensure policies and operational procedures are set in place and up-to-date, and ensure staff are trained and able to make prudent financial decisions.

Resource Development

Organizations that rely on only one or two funding sources run the risk of losing funding in times of political, community and financial uncertainty and/or change. Diversification of resources prepares organizations to incorporate multiple streams of income or multiple suppliers within a funding category to help stabilize financial resources. Focus areas include grant management, grant writing, donor management, and stakeholder engagement. Areas of special interest include 340B and insurance reimbursements.

Strategic Relationships and Coalition Building

Developing partnerships and coalitions among organizations with similar goals is a key strategy used to enhance the reach of community efforts. Trainings will focus on leveraging the skills, strengths, and resources of each partner to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the combined effort by minimizing duplication and redundancy. Areas of focus include public relations, coalition building, and partnership development.

Communications

A solid communications strategy helps to engage stakeholders in the work of an organization, inspires them to donate to the cause and keeps them invested. Both internal and external stakeholders benefit when the intended message for the organization is clear and to the point - allowing everyone to accurately represent the agency's focus and share its successes.

Internal Management and Operations
  • Documented, learned, and enforced internal management policies and procedures in an organization provides an environment in which managers and staff can maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. They are also a mechanism to monitor the achievement of operational goals and objectives. Focus areas for these trainings include human resource management, IT and facility management and planning, and volunteer and staff development and management.
Service Delivery and Impact

Trainings that support organizations’ development, implementation and analysis of service delivery systems. Focus areas include program evaluation, quality assurance, assessment, and innovation.

*Also available in Spanish.

HOW TO APPLY

Before beginning your online training request form, review the instructions below to ensure your organization has the required information prepared in advance. At this time, online applications cannot be saved once started; therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants follow the below instructions in order to submit the online training request form in its entirety.

Process Description
Step 1 Download the training request form here
Step 2 Thoroughly read the application and gather the required information to accurately complete the online application in its entirety.
Step 3 Complete a draft of the training application to use as a guide for completing the online application.
Step 4 Compile all supplemental materials requested for application submission. This includes a 501(c)(3) verification, registration/reservation, certificate of incorporation, or letter from a fiscal sponsor
Step 5 Once the application responses and required documentation are prepared, return to the online training application by clicking Apply and complete your training application in its entirety. Remember, online applications cannot be saved. The submission process takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
Step 6 Following application submission (1-3 business days), you will be sent an email invitation to complete a required brief organizational survey, if your organization has not yet completed the survey.

These trainings focus on the role of mental health and trauma-informed care in the HIV epidemic, as well as substance use and the opioid epidemic (especially harm reduction). Coming Soon: Trainings on wellbeing (including community-based physical health initiatives, self-care, nutrition, and mind-body programs) and telehealth.

Don't see what you're looking for? Then contact us with a description of the requested training and we will assess whether or not we can meet that need, or refer you to another organization outside of the COMPASS Initiative that can assist with that specific request.

Mental Health

Trainings and expert consultations offered will consist of enhancing the capacity of organizations to strengthen mental health services related to HIV care. This may include training and consultation around destigmatizing mental health, administering screening protocols, developing effective screening and referral processes, and changing organizational norms around mental health services. For example, a destigmatization practice may include reframing mental health services as “healthy you” or wellness initiatives.

Trauma-Informed Care

Trainings and expert consultation offered will consist of enhancing the capacity of organizations, through knowledge and skills building, to understand trauma and trauma-informed care, integrate trauma-informed care into the organization, and change practices across the organization to serve individuals from a trauma-informed lens and healing justice perspective.

Substance Use

Trainings and expert consultation offered will be centered around building organization capacity related to harm reduction approaches, the intersection of opioid use and HIV as well as other options based on the needs or the organization.

HOW TO APPLY

Before beginning your online training request form, review the instructions below to ensure your organization has the required information prepared in advance. At this time, online applications cannot be saved once started; therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants follow the below instructions in order to submit the online training request form in its entirety.

Process Description
Step 1 Download the training request form here
Step 2 Thoroughly read the application and gather the required information to accurately complete the online application in its entirety.
Step 3 Complete a draft of the training application to use as a guide for completing the online application.
Step 4 Compile all supplemental materials requested for application submission. This includes a 501(c)(3) verification, registration/reservation, certificate of incorporation, or letter from a fiscal sponsor
Step 5 Once the application responses and required documentation are prepared, return to the online training application by clicking Apply and complete your training application in its entirety. Remember, online applications cannot be saved. The submission process takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
Step 6 Following application submission (1-3 business days), you will be sent an email invitation to complete a required brief organizational survey, if your organization has not yet completed the survey.

These trainings emphasize the need for HIV awareness, stigma reduction, and culturally appropriate care in our effort to address the epidemic in the Southern United States. Coming Soon: Undetectable = Untransmittable, workforce development and trainings on culturally appropriate care for gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving Black men and transgender women of color, as well as stigma reduction among faith and communities of color.

Don't see what you're looking for? Then contact us with a description of the requested training and we will assess whether or not we can meet that need, or refer you to another organization outside of the COMPASS Initiative that can assist with that specific request.

Undoing Racism

An intensive workshop that utilizes dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning, and presentations to analyze the structures of power and privilege and advance institutional change for racial equity. The workshop stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities of color, creating networks, undoing internalized oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gatekeeping in perpetuating racism.

Stigma and HIV

This training aims to define stigma, as well as facilitate discussion around understanding the diverse forms of stigma and how it presents in organizational settings. Additionally, the workshop seeks to examine the drivers of stigma, generate a personalized understanding of stigma, and to assist in the understanding of the adverse effects of stigma at the personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels.

HOW TO APPLY

Before beginning your online training request form, review the instructions below to ensure your organization has the required information prepared in advance. At this time, online applications cannot be saved once started; therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants follow the below instructions in order to submit the online training request form in its entirety.

Process Description
Step 1 Download the training request form here
Step 2 Thoroughly read the application and gather the required information to accurately complete the online application in its entirety.
Step 3 Complete a draft of the training application to use as a guide for completing the online application.
Step 4 Compile all supplemental materials requested for application submission. This includes a 501(c)(3) verification, registration/reservation, certificate of incorporation, or letter from a fiscal sponsor
Step 5 Once the application responses and required documentation are prepared, return to the online training application by clicking Apply and complete your training application in its entirety. Remember, online applications cannot be saved. The submission process takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
Step 6 Following application submission (1-3 business days), you will be sent an email invitation to complete a required brief organizational survey, if your organization has not yet completed the survey.