Mission

Our mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the South through (1) intersectional advocacy, (2) capacity building assistance, (3) leadership development and education, (4) research and evaluation, and (5) strategic grantmaking.

Mission

Our mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the South through (1) intersectional advocacy, (2) capacity building assistance, (3) leadership development and education, (4) research and evaluation, and (5) strategic grantmaking.

History

We can change the course of HIV in the South.

We’ve done it before. When we started in 2001, the HIV epidemic in the South was largely ignored. In those early years, we were just a handful of extraordinary advocates working together to demand more resources to address the HIV and AIDS state of emergency in our states. We assembled a number of case studies and released the first-ever Southern States Manifesto in 2002. These case studies were presented nationwide, garnering national attention from the media, funders, and policymakers.

We then turned our attention to the Ryan White Program, determined to change the legislation to create more equitable funding for southern states. After three years of meetings, press conferences, and congressional hearings, H.R. 6143 was passed in 2006. The reauthorization included many significant changes including modifying the distribution formula from cumulative AIDS data to actual living HIV and AIDS cases, redirecting an approximate $30 million to the South.

Since this victory, SAC’s advocacy efforts around equitable and increased funding have continued laying the groundwork for the more recent announcement of the Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) funding in 2012. This new funding initiative, dedicated to reducing HIV and AIDS related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States, was a result of the powerful, well-organized advocacy of SAC and our vital partners in the HIV-community, including the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI), the 30 for 30 Campaign, the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and many others.

Southern Vision

Southern Vision: We envision a better South for people living with HIV — one where every person has access to high-quality health care and essential support services, free from stigma and discrimination. We also envision a South where every person understands his or her risk for HIV transmission, receives routine screening, and has access to a full range of prevention interventions and harm reduction services.

Southern Vision

Southern Vision: We envision a better South for people living with HIV — one where every person has access to high-quality health care and essential support services, free from stigma and discrimination. We also envision a South where every person understands his or her risk for HIV transmission, receives routine screening, and has access to a full range of prevention interventions and harm reduction services.

Staff

Dafina Ward, JD


Dafina Ward, JD


Interim Executive Director

Marvin Anderson


Marvin Anderson


Communications Manager

Mardrequs Harris

Mardrequs Harris


Senior Manager, 
Capacity Building Assistance

Gina Brown, RSW


Gina Brown, RSW


Community Engagement Manager

Aquarius Gilmer

Aquarius Gilmer

Director of Governmental Affairs & Advocacy

Board

Kathie Hiers – Chair
AIDS Alabama
Birmingham, AL

Shelley Lucas – Vice Chair
Texas Department of State Health Services
Austin, TX

Bambi Gaddist – Secretary
Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center
Columbia, SC

Claude Martin – Treasurer
Acadiana Cares
Lafayette, LA

Mary Elizabeth Marr  – Development
Thrive Alabama
Huntsville, AL

Carolyn McAllaster – Public Policy
Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative
Durham, NC

Jay Adams
West Virginia Ryan White Part B
Wheeler, WV

Samuel Burgess
Louisiana Department of Health
New Orleans, LA

Joaquin Carcaño
Latino Commission on AIDS
Chapel Hill, NC

Johanna Haynes
Careteam+
Myrtle Beach, SC

Angela Johnson
NASTAD
Washington, DC

Butch McKay
OASIS
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Valerie Mincey
BASIC NWFL
Panama City, FL

Linda Dixon Rigsby
Mississippi Center for Justice
Jackson, MS

Lee Storrow
North Carolina AIDS Action Network
Raleigh, NC

Cathalene Teahan
Georgia AIDS Coalition
Snellville, GA

Reginald Vicks
CrescentCare
New Orleans, LA

Robin Webb
Mississippi Positive Network
Cleveland, MS

Funders

Funders

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