Mission

The mission of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end the HIV and STI epidemics in the South by promoting accessible and high-quality systems of [HIV and STI] prevention, treatment, care, housing, and essential support services.

Mission

The mission of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end the HIV and STI epidemics in the South by promoting accessible and high-quality systems of [HIV and STI] prevention, treatment, care, housing, and essential support services.

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

Darnell Barrington

Darnell Barrington

Director, Health Department Initiatives

Nichole Davis

Nichole Davis

Director, Finance

Justine Ingram

Justine Ingram

Capacity Building Assistance Specialist

Marnina Miller

Marnina Miller

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jason Brock

Jason Brock

Health Policy Associate

Mardrequs Harris

Mardrequs Harris


Director, Community Investments

De'Ashia Lee

De'Ashia Lee

COMPASS Program Manager

Torrie Shepard

Torrie Shepard

Communications Manager

Gina Brown, RSW


Gina Brown, RSW


Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

Sierra Harris

Sierra Harris

Capacity Building Associate

CB Mason-Snowden

CB Mason-Snowden

Executive Assistant

Dafina Ward, JD


Dafina Ward, JD


Executive Director

Board

Kathie Hiers – Chair
AIDS Alabama
Birmingham, AL

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

Lee Storrow – Public Policy
North Carolina AIDS Action Network
Raleigh, NC

Carolyn McAllaster
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

Angela Johnson
NASTAD
Washington, DC

Aryah Lester
Transgender Strategy Center
Maryland

Butch McKay
OASIS
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Valerie Mincey
BASIC NWFL
Panama City, FL

Donna Sabatino
The AIDS Institute
Flagler Beach, FL

P.J. Moton-Poole
ViiV Healthcare
Texas

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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