Emory University

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 PRISM (Programs, Research & Innovation) 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 organizations across the South to identify opportunities for growth, provide tailored trainings, and strategically allocate funding to increase capacity, programming, and professional development.

Knowledge Sharing Platforms

Through the COMPASS 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 practices documentation, and the latest news impacting our community, as well as an interactive forum for discussions, questions, and answers.

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.

Meet Our Team

Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP
Rose DeLeon-Foote, MPP
Program Coordinator

Rose’s professional experience centers around social justice and non-profit facilitation, program implementation, and evaluation. After her year as an Americorps member, Rose took on a full-time evaluator position at an Oakland-based Youth Center, where she was able to explore a variety of roles and skills. She was able to use these skills for a number of other projects in Oakland, including the creation of digital marketing pilot program in partnership with Google and the facilitation of a youth participatory action research project on housing and employment. In 2016, Rose completed her Masters of Public Policy and entered public health by working in tobacco control. The COMPASS Initiative matters to Rose because of the impact HIV/AIDS has had on her closest friends and family, communities of color, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

tdeleon@emory.edu
Galina Terbova
Galina Terbova
Finance Administrator

Galina is a sponsored award administrator with over ten years of experience. She initially came to Emory University to work with the Emory Center of AIDS Research (CFAR). Since then, Galina has been honored to be a part of this important research effort and to work alongside some of the best researchers in the field. She participated in the development and administration of CFAR ADELANTE national grants program, which gives her the background and skills to work with the COMPASS community grants program. This initiative matters to her because it allows her to use her knowledge to contribute to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic right where she lives.

gterbov@emory.edu
Darion Banister
Darion Banister
Regional Manager, Capacity Building & Community Engagement

Darion Banister is originally from Champaign, IL and attended Tennessee State University an HBCU located in Nashville, Tennessee.  He graduated in May 2013 Majoring in Political Science and Minoring in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. After graduating college Darion went to work at Nashville CARES a local AIDS Service Organization where he developed his passion for HIV prevention, advocacy, and addressing health disparities amongst communities of color. Darion’s experience ranges from health education of minorities, program development, health communications, and strategic partnerships. In his spare time, Darion enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Darion’s philosophy is to enjoy your success but be thoughtful and generous, and give back to your community.

darion.banister@emory.edu
Kia Colbert, MPH, CHES
Kia Colbert, MPH, CHES
Assistant Director, Portal and Communications Core

Kia works closely with the Director to provide strategic oversight and collaborate to help with communications, portal implementation, and evaluation. She has served in a leadership role with the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH) coordinating multi-site international programs and brings with her over six years of experience in research with Emory University. Prior to, Kia worked at the Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC). Here, she led the Research & Administrative Cores, heading up research and training efforts, partnership development and community engagement, program planning and implementation, and evaluation efforts. Through her previous work, she has been directly involved in myriad programmatic aspects including developing programs, evaluation and strategic plans, data collection tools, database development and maintenance, community needs assessments, grant proposals, marketing tools, social media strategies, publications, and innumerable reports. She has also led multiple research projects, primarily with victims of intimate partner violence, and counseled women with recommendations for sexual & mental health, substance abuse, and lifestyle education. Kia’s experience at Emory and extensive public health and research knowledge coupled with the relationships she’s already formed, have positioned her to be able to quickly add value to the work at hand and hit the ground running in support of the goals that have been defined for this work. Kia holds her Master’s in Public Health and is also certified as a Health Education Specialist.

kia.leslieann.colbert@emory.edu
Farah Mouhanna, MS
Farah Mouhanna, MS
Data Analyst, Geospatial Core

Farah joined the COMPASS team in February 2018 as Data Analyst in Emory’s Geospatial Core. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology at the George Washington University, where she received the Milken Scholarship for academic performance, community service, leadership activities and ability to overcome obstacles. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Population Health, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Teaching Diploma in Secondary School Science from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Upon graduation from her Master’s studies, Farah was inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society recognizing excellence in practice, research, education and academic achievement in Public Health. Her research interests include sexual health education and HIV prevention. In 2015, she joined the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR) where she served as a Core Manager. Her exposure to HIV research through grants management and program coordination fueled her aspiration to have an impact in the field. She has since been involved in a variety of HIV-related projects ranging from in-clinic surveys to national-level analyses. On a personal level, Farah enjoys international affairs and is keen on discovering new cuisines with her husband. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic

mouhanna.farah@emory.edu
Carolyn Acker, MPH, CHES
Carolyn Acker, MPH, CHES
Evaluation and Data Manager

Carolyn joins the COMPASS Initiative from ICF, where she conducted multi-site national evaluations and provided evaluation technical assistance to community-based organizations. She started her career with a series of HIV prevention internships in Austin, TX and Munich, Germany and served for two years as an AIDS United AmeriCorps Member in Tulsa, OK. While studying for her MPH at Rollins, she discovered a second passion for evaluation and conducted an evaluation of trauma-informed care at a substance abuse program for her thesis. After this evaluation and an internship, she was promoted to the Evaluation and Research Coordinator at Advantage Consulting, LLC. She then implemented and evaluated workforce development programs at CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention through an ORISE Fellowship.

Anna Benbrook, MS, CHES
Anna Benbrook, MS, CHES
Communications Manager

Hailing from the great state of Florida, Anna Benbrook took her talents to Atlanta and joined PRISM Health with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative™ in 2018 serving as the Communication Manager. In this roll, she is responsible for all communication activities including portal content development and design, digital communication, and marketing. Previously, she was with the Emory-CDC Ponce Clinical Research Site where she worked in the community, recruiting people living with HIV for various clinical trials. Coming from a higher education background, Anna was a Sexual Health Coordinator both at Florida State University (where she also received her 2nd Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication) and at Florida Atlantic University as the Health Promotion Coordinator. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Health Education at the University of Florida while becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her free time, Anna plays roller derby with the Atlanta Rollergirls while managing their public relations, is a board member of Atlanta Pride, and teaches the future generation everything they can absorb about health & wellness as a part-time instructor at Kennesaw State University.

anna.r.benbrook@emory.edu
Althea Hart, MS
Althea Hart, MS
Assistant Director, Capacity Building and Community Engagement

For 15 years, Althea Hart has served as a program manager for non-profit organizations focused on increasing their capacity to address various forms of social injustices in marginalized communities. Her skills were honed in managing national and state level programs focused on addressing gender-based violence at colleges and universities, as well as state sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions. Althea’s work has been rooted in developing and implementing culturally specific technical assistance programs and curriculums for populations in the South and of Black/African descent. This work began with her instrumental involvement in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women’s first special initiative focused on United Negro College Fund (UNCF) historically black colleges and universities. In addition, Althea implemented the MS Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s National Campus Student Conduct Training and Technical Assistance Project in partnership with Victim’s Right’s Law Center; and has produced conferences, curriculums, and workshops on the intersections of race, gender, and oppression. Her career highlight was being a contributor to the White House’s Not Alone Taskforce. Althea credits mentorship, long-lasting partnerships, and the “friendship village” as the primary contributors to her accomplishments thus far. She received her HBCU education from Tougaloo College (B.A) and Jackson State University (M.S.); and currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her awesome nephew and family.

althea.hart@emory.edu
Neena Smith-Bankhead, MS
Neena Smith-Bankhead, MS
Director, Capacity Building and Community Engagement

For more than 28 years, Neena has served as an educator, trainer, advocate, advisor, mentor, researcher, supporter, and ally to help reduce the number of new HIV infections and support access to quality care for people living with HIV, particularly among women, people of color, and within LGBTQ+ communities. Prior to joining Emory in 2015, Neena spent 18 years leading HIV prevention, education, volunteer, and research activities at AID Atlanta, Inc., and served as a consultant to local and national organizations, including capacity-building providers, healthcare systems, and state and federal service providers. Neena currently serves on the Board of Directors of three local non-profit organizations and remains involved with community-based participatory research efforts, statewide community planning activities, and serves on the advisory board and as a part-time instructor in the Healthcare Management Program at Clayton State University. The investment made through the COMPASS Initiative provides an opportunity to focus needed resources in areas where they can do the most good, in communities that may not have traditionally had access. Gilead’s commitment to the south, and their encouragement to “do something different” is the kind of initiative needed to make an impactful difference in the HIV epidemic in the South.

nsmithb@emory.edu
Aaron Siegler, PhD, MPH
Aaron Siegler, PhD, MPH
Director, Geospatial Core

Aaron Siegler is an Associate Professor within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He received his MHS from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and his PhD from Emory University in 2012. Dr. Siegler works within the COMPASS Initiative as the Director of the Geospatial Core. Aaron’s research explores the intersection of the biomedical and behavioral realms, with a focus on sexual minority populations and disparities in healthcare. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). His recent projects include PrEP Locator, a national database of providers of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to allow patients to locate PrEP providers and allow researchers to identify gaps in PrEP service availability, and ePrEP, an electronic PrEP initiation and maintenance home care system. Aaron’s current interests include issues of how to scale up provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis, how to increase condom use through innovating the condom itself, geospatial analyses to better understand access to healthcare, and exploring novel combination HIV prevention strategies.

asiegle@emory.edu
Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD
Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD
Center Director

Patrick Sullivan is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, the Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core at the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and a former Member of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He served at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention as an EIS officer from 1994-1996, and subsequently served in CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention as an Epidemiologist, a Team Leader and a Branch Chief. Dr. Sullivan’s career has included work on HIV surveillance at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV vaccine research at National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and research on HIV prevention for men who have sex with men supported by the U.S. NIH and CDC. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications, most of which are in infectious diseases with a focus on sexually transmitted infections including HIV, public health surveillance, racial/ethnic disparities in HIV, and STI prevention interventions for men who have sex with men.

pssulli@emory.edu

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health COMPASS Coordinating Center

246 Sycamore Street, Suite 246
Decatur, GA 30030