Shared Learning Opportunities allow organizations to come together and collaboratively build their organization’s infrastructure, learn best practices from other colleagues, 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 provides an opportunity for six (6) organizations annually to co-facilitate these interventions in their community. The PoWER Institute is led by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health consists of 3-6 month cohorts of agencies receiving intensive capacity building and organizational development assistance from expert staff and coaches in various areas of organizational capacity. 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.

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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 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.

2019 Pilot Partners

AIDS Alabama
Birmingham,AL
AIDS Alabama devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of HIV.
AIDS Service Coalition
Hattiesburg, MS
ASC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide services and support to those persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Partners in Caring
Wilmington, NC
Partners in Caring (PIC) supports people living with HIV and empowers communities to prevent future HIV infections by educating, serving, and training. Through dynamic, community-based programming, we increase dialogue about HIV and substance use. Furthermore, our case-management services connect people living with HIV to resources and spiritual care.
Thrive SS
Atlanta, GA
The mission of the THRIVE SS is to improve health equity for Black gay men living with HIV through direct support, advocacy, and building collective power.

Applications for our Grant Writing cohort opens Monday, May 13 and closes Sunday, June 9 at 11:59pm EST. To apply and learn more comprehensive details, click on the 'Apply' button below.

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 Grant Writing Seminar is an intensive two-day opportunity for organizations interested in enhancing the fundability of grants, focused on teaching participants how to seek appropriate funding opportunities, write winning grant proposals to various types of funding agencies, and avoid common grant writing and submission pitfalls.

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 will receive a travel stipend to support travel costs to the institute sessions, and a completion stipend payment, 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.
Experience Be an organization with a minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.
Participation 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.

Applications for our Building Blocks of Healing Justice cohort open Monday, May 20 and close Monday, June 17 at 11:59pm EST. To apply and learn more comprehensive details, click on the 'Apply' button below.

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. A second important goal of LEARN is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations. Each cohort of LEARN is developed in partnership with a content area expert and thus, centered on a different content area. This LEARN opportunity was developed in collaboration with BEAM, and is centered on Healing Justice & Emotional Health. “Healing Justice is a {political approach that}... centers collective safety and healing as integral to our political liberation.” - Prentis Hemphill & Cara Page.

LEARN: The Building Blocks of Healing Justice consists of multiple sessions over 6 months with all participating organizations. Four to six organizations will be selected for each cohort. Group learning sessions will include conference calls, web-based discussions and one face-to-face convening. Organizations should also come prepared to initiate at least one new project or activity centered around Healing Justice and Emotional Health 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. A stipend will be offered to organizations to support their travel to the in-person meeting and project implementation.

After LEARN: The Building Blocks of Healing Justice, participants will be able to:
1. Name and Identify the legacy of Healing Justice and HIV/AIDS Work.
2. Name and identify common mental health diagnoses for PLWH with accurate information.
3. Develop a Healing Justice informed project for their organization.

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

2019 LEARN Partners

Advocacy House Services, Inc.
Harm Reduction Cohort
Greensboro, NC
Empowering Communities through Education, Training, & Advocacy.
Capital Area Reentry Program, Inc.
Harm Reduction Cohort
Baton Rouge, LA
Capital Area Reentry Program strives to provide individuals in the community living with or at risk of acquiring and/or transmitting HIV, substance use and/or mental health, school dropout, juvenile delinquency and other legal consequences, with the tools to empower themselves, to enhance their quality of life, reduce the risk of incarceration, reduce recidivism and the spread of HIV/STDs through therapeutic, educational, preventive and referral services.
The Knights and Orchids Society
Harm Reduction Cohort
Selma, AL
The Knights & Orchids Society (TKO) strives to build the power of the TLBG community for African Americans throughout Alabama’s to obtain our dream of justice and equality through group economics, education, leadership development, and organizing cultural Work.
Positive Assistance, Inc.
Harm Reduction Cohort
Orlando, FL
Assisting and giving hope to anyone living with HIV or at risk of acquiring HIV.