February 6, 2018 by In The Press, News

Southern AIDS Coalition Hires LEAD Academy Graduate as Communications Manager

Media Contact: Marvin Anderson ([email protected])

Southern AIDS Coalition Hires LEAD Academy Graduate as Communications Manager

BIRMINGHAM, Ala — The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) welcomes Marvin Anderson as the organization’s new communications manager. Marvin comes to SAC with an extensive background in media communications, including print, radio, and television. Marvin is also a 2017 graduate of SAC’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Advocacy Development) Academy. SAC Community Organizer Khafre Kujichagulia Abif, one of two facilitators for the LEAD Academy, described Marvin as “a faithful advocate and leader who is committed to the work of ending the HIV epidemic.”

Launched in 2017, the LEAD Academy is a health promotion intervention designed to combat HIV-related stigma by training people to be advocacy leaders in their communities. The intervention prioritizes gay and bisexual Black men and Black women in the South. According to CDC data, Blacks accounted for 54% of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 despite representing only 20% of the southern population. Marvin says, “[t]he LEAD Academy strengthened my leadership skills and changed the trajectory of my life.”


About the Southern AIDS Coalition: SAC is a non-partisan coalition of government, community, and business leaders working alongside thousands of individual members to end the HIV epidemic in the South. We do this through public health advocacy; capacity building, education, and stigma reduction; research and evaluation; and strategic grantmaking. To learn more or to join us, visit www.southernaidscoalition.org.