Collaborative Learning

Connecting, Building, and Learning Together

Collaborative Learning Opportunities allow organizations to come together and learn how to build their organization’s infrastructure, implement best practices, and connect with subject matter experts with colleagues doing similar work. Three different collaborative learning opportunities are offered through the Gilead COMPASS Initiative® : Pilot Partners, The PoWER Institute, LEARN, & Learning It Together (LIT). Pilot Partners is led by Southern AIDS Coalition and provides an opportunity for six (6) organizations annually to cofacilitate these interventions in their community. The PoWER Institute is led by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and consists of multi-session cohorts of agencies receiving intensive capacity building and organizational development assistance from expert staff and coaches in various areas of organizational development. LEARN is an intensive strategy for supporting organizations with transforming organizational practice over the course of a six (6) month period, led by the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Learning It Together is led by Wake Forest University School of Divinity. LIT is a cohort-based educational program for faith-based and organizational leaders.

 

Pilot Partners

There is a pronounced need to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma for people living with HIV (PLHIV).

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There is a pronounced need to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma for people living with HIV (PLHIV). This need is greatest in the Deep South, a subset of nine (9) states that is a significant driver of the HIV epidemic in the United States. PLHIV in the Deep South experiences considerable HIV-related stigma. This stigma, particularly when internalized, is associated with negative health outcomes, including poorer medication adherence and missed medical appointments. Consequently, fewer Southerners living with HIV receive timely medical care and treatment, fewer have their virus suppressed, and a disproportionate number are missing out on the opportunity to preserve their health and avoid transmitting the virus to their partners. Mortality in the South remains alarmingly high as a result, with death rates in some southern states reaching nearly three times higher than the national average.

The Southern AIDS Coalition is seeking to partner with four (4) community-based organizations to implement and evaluate the following HIV related stigma reduction interventions:

 

  1. LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Development) Academy: A health promotion intervention with the TOT model (spanning 2 nights and 2.5 days) designed to combat HIV-related stigma by training PLHIV to be leaders, educators, and advocates in their communities. The curriculum was created by and for people living with HIV in the South, and all content is delivered in-person and on-site by PLHIV in conjunction with subject matter experts and local partners. Upon completion of the LEAD Academy, participants graduate as “Southern LEADers” with advanced knowledge of HIV, real-world experience with advocacy, and the skills to serve as leaders and trusted sources of information within their communities. LEAD Academy is most appropriate for PLHIV who already understand the basic facts of HIV transmission and advocacy and who are ready to serve as leaders within their communities.

 

  1. Younity Workshop: A two-session group-level intervention that teaches PLHIV techniques and skills to reduce internalized HIV-related stigma. The intervention is based on the HIV Stigma Toolkit developed by the International Center for Research on Women, and the materials were originally adapted for use among women in the United States by researchers at the University of Washington. We have further adapted the intervention for use among men in the U.S. South. Younity Workshop is most appropriate for PLHIV who are newly diagnosed or who are struggling to accept their HIV diagnosis.

 

Eligibility

Criteria Description
Non-Profit Status Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
Geographic Location Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of nine (9) Deep South states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas.
 Implementation Period Your campaign should be able to be implemented within six (6) months of approval.
Evaluation Applicants must agree to work with our evaluation partners, if funded, to help measure the impact of the funding support provided. All organizations will also be required to complete a brief organizational survey before funds can be dispersed.

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The PoWER Institute

The PoWER (Partners Working for Enhanced Results) Institute is the Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center’s most intensive strategy for assisting organizations with transforming organizational practice, improving systems and operations, and ensuring data driven service outcomes.

Now accepting applications. Now accepting applications from organizations in Arkansas, Kentucky, & Oklahoma.

The PoWER (Partners Working for Enhanced Results) Institute is the Emory University COMPASS Coordinating Center’s most intensive strategy for assisting organizations with transforming organizational practice, improving systems and operations, and ensuring data-driven service outcomes.

PoWER Forward

The PoWER Institute’s “PoWER Forward” is a 5-month intensive collaborative learning opportunity for established organizations interested in strengthening the effectiveness of their programs, enhancing the fundability of grants, and developing and marketing effective communication campaigns. The intent of PoWER Forward is to help participating organizations learn how to:

  • Craft a concept into an effective program
  • Tell your program’s story, highlighting its unique and innovative approaches
  • Seek appropriate funding opportunities by writing winning grant proposals to various types of funding agencies, and
  • Learn how to market your program and increase visibility

PoWER Forward will consist of three phases which include program planning (7 weeks), grant writing (7 weeks), and strategic marketing/communication planning (7 weeks).

Funding

Awarded participating organizations will receive $20,000 to support program costs, staff time, and the implementation of special projects and activities conducted throughout the institute related to implementing capacity building activities or enhancing organizational functioning

Eligibility

Organizations interested in participating in the PoWER Institutes must demonstrate a commitment to improving the functioning of their organizations and have an interest in expanding services in areas that have minimal resources available to people living with or impacted by HIV.

Space is limited (up to six (6) organizations will be selected to participate), and a stipend ($20,000) will be available to organizations that are accepted. Each organization is required to send 2 members of their organization to participate.

 

Criteria Description
HIV Focused Be an AIDS Service Organization; a CBO that prioritizes HIV/AIDS prevention or care services, or is a CBO with a substantial budgetary investment in HIV related programming.
Geographic Location Eligible organizations must reside in and do work in the following Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN or TX).
Non-Profit Status Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
Experience Be an organization with a minimum of two (2) years, with at least one (1) year of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.
Participation A commitment of up 2 staff members per organization to fully participate in the institute. Full participation includes attendance at each virtual session, webinar, and/or coaching session.

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LEARN

These trainings focus on building organizational capacity and increasing shared knowledge among HIV/AIDS-serving community-based organizations.

Now Accepting Applications!

Leading with Education, Advocacy & Resistance with our Neighbors (LEARN) is SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Coordinating Center’s shared learning opportunities to build organizational leadership and support organizational transformation. The primary goal of LEARN is to build knowledge, capacity, expertise and leadership in a particular topic area. A second important goal of LEARN is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations. SUSTAIN is excited to announce the launch of our first cohort of LEARN Trauma-Informed Leadership and Supervision (TILS), which will be facilitated by Lladira Aguilar capacity building assistance manager with SUSTAIN. Organizations who are committed to learning, growing, and practicing Trauma-Informed Care are encouraged to apply.

LEARN consists of virtual group and coaching sessions over the course of 6 months. Four to six organizations will be selected for each cohort. Organizations should also be prepared to design and complete a new project or activity centered around harm reduction within the 6 months of LEARN. Organizations can expect to contribute up to 6-8 hours a month. Organizations will receive a $10,000 stipend to support their participation and project implementation. No prior knowledge around trauma-informed care is required to participate in LEARN.

About Trauma-Informed Leadership and Supervision

To end the HIV epidemic, we must consider the negative impact of organizational environments on both staff and clients, and create strategies and interventions to build equitable and trauma-informed environments. Informed by the six principles of trauma-informed care, trauma-informed leadership and supervision is a social justice-oriented strategy for leadership and supervisors to create healthy professional relationships with their staff members. In order for trauma-informed supervision to advance equity and staff wellbeing, it must be meaningfully incorporated into organizational policies and procedures, realistically operationalized, and integrated into daily practices. More importantly, trauma-informed supervision should be intentionally modeled by organizational leadership as a way to support and sustain change. A specific goal of LEARN TILS is to educate and equip HIV service leadership and those in supervisory roles with the knowledge and skills needed to implement and foster trauma-informed environments for staff.

Eligibility

Organizations interested in participating in LEARN TILS must have a primary organizational purpose of serving people living with HIV and demonstrate a willingness to. Organizations that demonstrate a commitment to cultivating leadership of Trans, Women, Latinx, Black, Immigrant and Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual communities will be prioritized, along with those who serve rural communities and communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic (see Ending the HIV Epidemic jurisdictions). Organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply, but for those that have more than 30-40 staff members, we ask that you specify your application to a particular department of your organization. No prior knowledge around trauma-informed care is required to participate.

Additionally, organizations eligible to participate in LEARN TILS must:

Criteria Description
Meaningful Involvement of People with Lived Experienced Aim to increase engagement of people who receive services (i.e., people who use drugs, people living with HIV, etc.) in a more meaningful way.
HIV Focused Applicants must have a primary organizational purpose of reducing new HIV infections and/or improving the health of people living with HIV.
Geographic Location Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of 12 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas.
Non-Profit Status Applications must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
Participation Identify and commit 2 people within the organization that agree to participate fully.
Evaluation Applicants must agree to work with our evaluation partner, if funded, to help measure the impact of the program.

 

How To Apply 

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All Applications must be submitted online: Click below to apply.

Interested organizations should submit a completed application online by Friday, June 4th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible for participation. 

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Learning It Together (LIT)

Learning It Together is a key feature of the Faith COMPASS Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. This cohort-based educational program will create collaborative knowledge, increase capacity, and foster partnerships among participating faith and/or nonprofit leaders.

Now open. The application deadline for Learning It Together (LIT) is June 16, 2021 at 12:59 AM EST.               

LIT Cohort 2021

Learning It Together (LIT), a cohort-based educational program for faith-based and organizational leaders, is a key feature of the Faith Coordinating Center. The primary goal of LIT is to build collaborative knowledge, capacity, and expertise in a particular topic related to faith and HIV/AIDS. A second important goal of LIT is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaborations between participating religious and nonprofit organizations. Through LIT, we will develop cohorts composed of faith leaders and/or nonprofit leaders. Six to eight leaders will be selected for each cohort. Cohorts will emphasize specific content areas and will benefit from partnerships with content-area experts and consultants. Lasting over a period of nine months, cohort sessions will include online webinars and self-paced online learning. LIT will be equipped to train others in their local communities, thereby multiplying and amplifying the learning across the southern region.

Who is the ideal candidate?

Cohort members will be a diverse group of faith and lay leaders who are seeking advanced training and resource sharing to advance HIV stigma reduction work in transformative ways that will have a broad impact in their communities and/or across the American South. Ideal candidates will include those who have a history of leading impactful work in communities, including but not limited to wealth building and economic development, food insecurity, human and civil rights, sexual health and wellbeing, mental health and wellbeing, and/or any intersections with faith communities and addressing HIV/AIDS.

Eligibility 

Currently, faith focused leaders and/or nonprofit organizational leaders operating in any of the twelve (12) Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX) are eligible to apply to participate in the Learning It Together program. Current grant recipients are NOT eligible to apply for the LIT Cohort.

Criteria Description
Faith Focused Be an Faith-based Organization; a CBO that prioritizes faith and/or HIV/AIDS prevention or care services, or education.
Geographic Location Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of the following Southern states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN or TX
Non-Profit Status Applications must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.

Deadline: June 16, 2021 at 12:59 AM EST / 11:59 AM CST

Cohort Program Dates: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Tips for a Successful Personal Statement:

  • Clearly articulate how the Learning It Together program will impact your work with persons living with and/or impacted by HIV.
  • Clearly articulate your interests/experience in topics related to faith and health, with particular focus on how those interests align with addressing HIV-related stigma.
    • Candidates do not necessarily need to have direct experience working with people living with HIV, but please make it clear how your relevant experiences can contribute to the work being done to address HIV stigma. Relevant experiences in mental health, trauma informed care, community building, leadership training, public health, health ministries, campus collaborations, etc. would be great to highlight.
  • Clearly articulate any experiences you have engaging with interfaith and/or multicultural communities and your commitment to diversity and inclusion

 

Required Attachments:  In order to have a complete submission and be considered for the program, you are required to upload the following documents:

  1. Personal statement (2 pages maximum)
  2. Resume/CV

 

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