Coordinating Centers

The Gilead 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 COMPASS. Community investment around these three focus areas will occur through trainings, grants, and collaborative learning opportunities. The Coordinating Centers have targeted their work across the nine-state Deep South region – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas – providing community grants, collaborative learning opportunities, and capacity building assistance to organizations in the region. Other southern states are currently under consideration for addition to the initiative’s focus area.

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.

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Capacity Building and Shared Knowledge

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

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Well-being, 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.

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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.