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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.


We regularly host interactive webinars (conference calls with accompanying slides) with network members working in community-based organisations from our Positive Action Southern Initiative. These community experts have on the ground, real life experiences dealing with the most vulnerable populations in the region, addressing issues that include homophobia, poverty, rural isolation, homelessness, incarceration, lack of access to affordable health care, substance abuse and mental health challenges that are pervasive barriers to care for patients living in the South.

These calls are sponsored by our Positive Action programme in collaborations with our Positive Action Southern Initiative network member organisations.  The webinars are usually focused on a specific topic supported by ViiV Healthcare or of interest to our members, and are intended to share practical expertise and lessons learned through the Southern Initiative to help our Positive Action partners build their skills and organizational capacity.

Presenter Webinar title                                
Time & Date / Links to previous presentations                                                                

Michael Joyner, ViiV Healthcare, Chelsea White, RAIN, Cindy Watson, JASMYN, Amelia Korangy, TCC Group

Culture and Connections: Linking HIV+ Youth in the South



Michael Joyner, Lisa Diane White, Stephanie Laster, SisterLove, Robin Lewy, Natalie Davis, Rural Women's Health Project, Amelia Korangy, TCC Group.

Empowerment and Cultural Change: Engaging Women with HIV and Using Narrative to Improve Care and Challenge Stigma



Michael N. Joyner, Director Positive Action and Patient Advocacy, ViiV Healthcare

Rob Renzi, Executive Director, Big Bend Cares

Tiye Amos-Mandela, Program Manager HealthyU, Nashville CARES

Amelia Korangy,  Consultant TCC Group 

 Peer-to-Peer:  Community Connections and the Continuum of Care  

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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