Emory University

Promoting Health & Preventing Disease Locally, Nationally, & Globally

Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health’s physicians, scientists, and educators have played a key role in HIV/AIDS from the earliest days of the epidemic. From leading behavioral and prevention research to treating and counseling thousands of patients, Emory has been a local, national, and international leader. Located in Atlanta – the self-styled “Public Health Capital of the World” – Emory and Rollins are uniquely situated to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the southeastern United States. Over the years, Emory and Rollins have demonstrated the importance and strength of research centers (or structures) at the University such as the Emory Training Centers and PRISM (Programs, Research & Innovation in Sexual Minority Health) Health, which is home to the Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center. PRISM Health strives to reduce social and health disparities around HIV/AIDS and other STIs by conducting quality science and innovative research to improve the health and well-being of minority populations. PRISM Health has a long history of collaborative projects with NIH, CDC, and community-based organizations locally, across the U.S., and around the world.

We Offer

Capacity Building Assistance

We work directly with community-based organizations across the South to identify opportunities for growth by providing tailored trainings and strategically allocating funding that supports organizational sustainability. This support focuses on increasing operational capacity, enhancing program performance, and supporting professional development.

Knowledge Sharing Platforms

Through the COMPASS Initiative® Community Portal, community partners will have numerous ways to collaborate with organizations, researchers, advocates, and individuals dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic. This includes access to webinars, directories, best practice resources, and the latest news impacting our community, as well as an interactive forum promoting discussion.

Resource Directories and Maps

We are creating state-of-the-art maps to identify underserved areas of the South and better understand the spatial location and accessibility of HIV-related services in the region.

Emory University Rollins School of
Public Health COMPASS Coordinating Center

246 Sycamore Street, Suite 246
Decatur, GA 30030
  • Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD

    Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD

    Principal Investigator/Center Director
  • Linelle Blais, PhD, CPF

    Linelle Blais, PhD, CPF

    Co-Investigator
  • Aaron Siegler, PhD, MPH

    Aaron Siegler, PhD, MPH

    Director, Geospatial Core
  • Neena Smith-Bankhead, MS

    Neena Smith-Bankhead, MS

    Director, Capacity Building and Community Engagement
  • Kia Colbert, MPH, CHES

    Kia Colbert, MPH, CHES

    Interim Director, Portal, Communications & Evaluation Core
  • Althea Hart, MS

    Althea Hart, MS

    Assistant Director, Capacity Building and Community Engagement
  • Carolyn Acker, MPH, CHES

    Carolyn Acker, MPH, CHES

    Evaluation and Data Manager
  • Farah Mouhanna, MS

    Farah Mouhanna, MS

    Data Analyst, Geospatial Core
  • Darion Banister, MPA

    Darion Banister, MPA

    Regional Manager, Capacity Building & Community Engagement
  • Galina Terbova, DPA

    Galina Terbova, DPA

    Finance Administrator
  • Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP

    Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP

    Program Coordinator
  • Palmer Hipp, MPH

    Palmer Hipp, MPH

    Resource Coordinator
  • Advisory Board