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, and LEARN. 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.

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.

Applications for our PoWER Institute are currently open and will close on April 13th, 2020.

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. The primary goal of the PoWER Institute is to move organizations to the next level of organizational expansion and sustainability through an examination of workflow, internal operations, organizational structure, governance and leadership, and program management. A second important goal of the PoWER Institute is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations as they seek improvements in shared topic areas. Participating organizations must demonstrate a commitment to improve the functioning of their organizations and possess the foundational leadership and infrastructure to lead and support associated organizational changes.

The PoWER Institute’s “PoWER Up for Organizational Success” is a 6-month intensive collaborative learning opportunity for emerging organizations interested in enhancing their infrastructure. Our design features a combination of in-person sessions, web-based trainings, and individualized consultations with a Capacity Building Coach. The intent of PoWER Up is to help participating organizations learn how to: 1) Assess areas in need of improvement within their organizations, 2) Develop a work plan to address those concerns, 3) Implement a change management strategy, and 4) Learn how to become a high-functioning organization.

Eligibility

Organizations interested in participating in a PoWER Institute 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. Institutes will be offered one to two times each year in a different region within the Deep South states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN or TX) and focused on different topics. Participating agencies may be eligible to receive a travel stipend to support travel costs to the institute sessions, and/or a completion stipend based on the institute.

Organizations eligible to participate in the PoWER Institutes must:

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 Be located in and doing work within the selected regions for each institute within Deep South. Cohort #1 of the PoWER Institute will be held in Columbia, SC. Eligible organizations must reside in any of the 9 Deep South states.
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.
Emerging Organization Organizations must be emerging, defined as being small to moderate in size with a budget of less than $1M and fewer than 20 employees.
Experience Be an organization with a minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.
Participation A commitment of up to 2 staff members per organization to fully participate in the institute. Full participation includes attendance at each face-to-face 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.

Applications for LEARN are now closed.

Be on the lookout for LEARN Healing Justice coming early 2020.

Leading with Education, Advocacy & Resistance with our Neighbors (LEARN) is one of SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Coordinating Center’s strategies for supporting organizations with transforming organizational practice. The primary goal of LEARN is to build knowledge, capacity, and expertise in a particular topic area. A second important goal of LEARN is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations. Each cohort of LEARN is centered on a different content area.

SUSTAIN is excited to announce the launch of two LEARN cohorts: 1. LEARN Harm Reduction developed in collaboration with Sandra Chavez of the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition and 2. LEARN: Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Policy developed in collaboration with the Black Futurists Group.

LEARN consists of an in-person convening and multiple 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 initiate and complete within 6 months at least one new project or activity centered around the cohort topic area. Organizations can expect to contribute around 6-8 hours a month. Organizations will receive a stipend to support their travel to the in-person meeting and project implementation. No prior knowledge around either content area is required to participate in LEARN. Organizations should choose one cohort and thus only submit one application.

About Harm Reduction
Harm Reduction is both an approach and a set of practical strategies that aim to reduce negative consequences. While Harm Reduction is typically known for its connection to substance use and HIV prevention programming, we practice Harm Reduction in a number of ways on a daily basis (ex: wearing seatbelts while driving, wearing sunscreen while at the beach, etc.). Harm Reduction practice must be reflective of a specific individual and community needs, however, there are a set of principles that are central to Harm Reduction practice which can be found here. Harm Reduction is key to working with the communities we serve.

About Trauma-Informed Policy & Advocacy
Advocacy is an essential building block for the future because it can serve as a vehicle for people to focus on solving specific problems related to the health, social, economic, political, and/or cultural realities and challenges within their community. Trauma-informed advocacy considers and centers individual, community and historical experiences shaped by trauma within advocacy efforts, and promotes and develops public policy grounded in healing, redemption, and restoration. Through this lens, trauma-informed advocacy provides an opportunity to achieve real change in the daily lives of communities by putting their lived experiences in the driver’s seat for progressive and transformative advocacy and public policy efforts.

Be on the lookout for LEARN Trauma-Informed Care and LEARN Healing Justice coming early 2020.

Eligibility

Organizations interested in participating in LEARN: The Building Blocks of Healing Justice must have a primary organizational purpose of serving PLWH, demonstrate a commitment to integrating healing justice, mental and emotional health support and trauma-informed care, into all aspects of their programs, as well as demonstrate a commitment to the development and support of the leadership of PLWH, Trans, Women, Black, Immigrant, and LGB folks. 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.

Additionally, organizations eligible to participate in LEARN: The Building Blocks of Healing Justice must:

Criteria Description
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 nine (9) Deep South states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, 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 2-3 people within the organization that agree to participate fully in each scheduled learning session
Evaluation Identify and commit 2-3 people within the organization that agree to participate fully in each scheduled learning session

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