Shared Learning Opportunities are longer-term opportunities for organizations to repeatedly come together and collaboratively build their organization’s infrastructure, learn best practices from each other, and connect with subject matter experts. Three different shared learning opportunities are offered through the COMPASS Initiative: Pilot Partners, The PoWER Institute, and LEARN. Pilot Partners is led by Southern AIDS Coalition and provide an opportunity for six (4) organizations annually to co-facilitate these interventions in their community. The PoWER Institute is led by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and will consist of four to six organizations per cohort receiving intensive capacity building and organizational development assistance over a nine (9) month period from expert capacity building staff and coaches. LEARN is an intensive strategy for supporting organizations with transforming organizational practice over the course of a six (6) month period, lead by the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

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 experience 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 retreat-style health promotion intervention (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.

2. 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
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.
Capacity to Recruit Participants Partner organizations must have the capacity to recruit at least 46 people living with HIV to participate in the interventions: sixteen (16) for LEAD Academy and thirty (30) for Younity Workshop. Please note: participants cannot participate in both interventions. The majority of participants should be people of color, but other people living with HIV are permitted to participate.
Willingness to Assign Point Person Partner organizations must designate one (1) staff person to serve as the official point person for this partnership. The staff person is expected to assist with all logistics, lead recruitment efforts, and actively participate in regular phone calls with SAC and other partners.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested organizations should submit an online application by clicking on the apply button above. Completed applications are due by March 6th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible for participation.

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 work flow, 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 consists of 6 monthly sessions with all participating organizations followed by 3 months of individualized coaching for each organization with an assigned capacity building coach (CBC) who is experienced in organizational development practice. Group learning sessions will include face-to-face workshops, conference calls and web-based discussions. Individualized coaching may include a combination of site visits, one-on-one sessions, or small group coaching sessions.

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. 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). Regional organizations will be selected to participate in a cohort based on HIV incidence and prevalence rates and the availability of HIV care and prevention resources in the region. At least five (5) organizations will be selected to participate in each cohort, and a stipend will be available to organizations that remain in good standing (i.e. attend all scheduled learning and follow-up sessions and meet all reporting requirements) during the Institute. Participating agencies will receive a travel stipend at the beginning of the project to support travel costs to the institute sessions, and 2 additional stipend payments to support program costs, staff time, and the implementation of special projects and activities conducted throughout the institute. Total travel stipend and participation awarded to organizations is $12,000.

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.
Capacity Building Need Have at least one infrastructure or organizational capacity need that they would like to address in a collaborative, shared learning environment.
Participation Commitment of 2 staff members per organization to fully participate in the institute. Full participation includes attendance of both team members at each face-to-face session, webinar, and coaching session.
Good Standing Requirements Must be in good standing with other funding providers, including the local health department (as appropriate).
Experience Organization(s) must have at a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested organizations should submit an online application by clicking on the apply button above. Completed applications are due by Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible for participation.

Please note that the location of cohort #1 of the PoWER Institute is to be determined. Eligible organizations must reside in 9 Deep South States. Future cohort locations will vary throughout the Deep South - check back for updates.

Leading with Education, Advocacy & Resistance with our Neighbors (LEARN) is the SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Coordinating Center’s most intensive strategy for supporting organizations with transforming organizational practice. The primary goal of LEARN is to build knowledge, capacity and expertise in a particular topic. A second important goal of LEARN is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations. Each cohort of LEARN will be centered on a different content area, with the first cohort of LEARN focusing on harm reduction-related philosophy and service delivery. Participating organizations must demonstrate a commitment to embodying and implementing harm reduction philosophy and practices in their organizations, and possess the foundational leadership and infrastructure to lead and support associated organizational changes. Four to six organizations will be selected for each cohort.

LEARN consists of sessions over 6 months with all participating organizations. Group learning sessions will include conference calls, web-based discussions and the potential for one face-to-face convening. Organizations should also come prepared to initiate at least one new project or activity centered around harm reduction that they would like to address in a collaborative, shared learning environment. Organizations can expect to contribute no more than 6-8 hours a month to LEARN.

Eligibility

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 Applicants must agree to work with our evaluation partners, if funded, to help measure the impact of the training.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be available online. Interested organizations should submit a completed application packet online by Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible for participation.