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Positive Action Southern Initiative

The Positive Action Southern Initiative, focused on the Southern region of the United States, is a community–focused program designed to address gaps in services that support linkages to care and treatment adherence for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Lessons learned

As a network we’ve learned to understand the importance of staying current. As social service providers we need to keep a finger on the pulse of where our community is headed and reach out to our constituents in fresh ways that they can relate to and that are easy for them to access. If they’re using social media, if they are texting, then we need to be doing those things as well in order to maximize our impact.

One of the things this programme has underscored for us is how important it is to stay connected with the HIV community in our state and across the region. We can gain a tremendous amount by understanding what has and hasn’t worked well for others, and why.

Members of the Positive Action Southern Initiative meet two to three times per year to facilitate ongoing networking among AIDS-related organisations and AIDS service providers in the South. During these meetings we share new information, practices that have worked well, and lessons learned in our local fight against HIV/AIDS. Through these exchanges, we all gain new insights that we can bring back to our own communities to strengthen our programmes and services. This aspect of the Southern Initiative has proved invaluable.

To hear some excerpts from one of these meetings, I encourage you to click on the videos below. In these clips you’ll hear additional insights from other Positive Action Southern Initiative network members, which they shared when we convened at AIDS2012 in Washington, DC.

Key Facts

A range of programmes that support linkages to care and treatment adherence for underserved populations in the Southern region of the United States

Southern United States.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

Run by:
Alabama: Aid to Mothers (AIM)

Florida: BASIC NWFL; Care Resource; Compass, Inc.: Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Inc. (JASMYN); WellFlorida Council, Inc.

Georgia: Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC); Positive Impact; SisterLove; Union Mission

Louisiana: Brotherhood, Inc.; Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC); Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge (FSGBR)

Mississippi: Grace House; My Brother’s Keeper

North Carolina: RAIN, Inc. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network); Western North Carolina AIDS Project

South Carolina: Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS); South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC)

Tennessee: Friends for Life, Corp.; Nashville CARES

Hispanic/Latino populations; African American populations; Incarcerated HIV-positive women and African American men preparing for release; People living with HIV in rural areas; Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT); Youth; Substance users; Homeless individuals; Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM); Newly diagnosed individuals; Children and families; People accessing transitional housing and services

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Round 6 LOI Application