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ViiV Healthcare Expands HIV/AIDS Community Support In Hard-Hit Southern U.S.

Established in 2010, the Positive Action Southern Initiative is a collaborative, community-focused program that supports HIV programs and services for underserved populations in the Southern region of the United States. With these latest grants, the Positive Action Southern Initiative has committed over $2.3M towards funding grassroots projects designed to address local gaps in care and services for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS in this hard-hit region.

Positive Action Southern Initiative Highlights, Achievements, and Lessons Learned Will Be Presented at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS  

This month, highlights, achievements, and lessons learned from the first three years of the Positive Action Southern Initiative will be presented during a workshop at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). The workshop, titled "Bridging the Cascade: Lessons Learned from the Positive Action Southern Initiative," is meant to help expand the impact of the Southern Initiative by inspiring and educating not only PASI network members, but also other organizations and advocates involved in similar work.

"We are proud to be among the organizations that have consulted with ViiV Healthcare on this important initiative from the outset," said Cornelius Baker, Technical Advisor, Integrated Health Sciences, FHI 360, who will be moderating the workshop. "Linking people to care and keeping them connected to healthcare services is critical to our efforts to end HIV in the United States. The session at USCA will provide an opportunity to examine the accomplishments and challenges that various Southern Initiative member programs have encountered addressing the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the treatment strategy. The workshop is another example of how the Positive Action Southern Initiative supports collaboration and information exchange across the region to make the HIV/AIDS response in the South more robust and impactful."

During the workshop, panelists will provide insights on implementing their programs among diverse at-risk populations (MSM, women, transgender populations, formerly incarcerated, and the homeless) in a variety of community settings in the South. The panelists include:
  • Ayana Eady-Patterson, Social Services Coordinator for Housing Services, Union Mission, Savannah, GA
  • Mark Johnson, Executive Director, Brotherhood Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Valerie Mincey, Executive Director, BASIC NWFL, Panama City, FL
  • Lisa Diane White, Director of Programs, SisterLove, Inc., Atlanta, GA

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 10 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. CDT. Journalists registered at USCA are invited to attend the session. Phone interviews regarding the workshop and/or the new grants are also available.  

About ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action ProgramThe Southern Initiative is part of the broader Positive Action program that has empowered community organizations in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. ViiV Healthcare is committed to building on the success of the global program with efforts to support projects in the United States that address areas of greatest need.

When Positive Action was created in 1992 it was the first pharmaceutical company program of its kind to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. The program targets its funds towards community-focused projects that reach those most affected by HIV, particularly in marginalized or vulnerable populations. These include youth, women and girls, sex workers, injection drug users, MSM, the incarcerated, transgender individuals, and gay men. Positive Action works to build capacity in these communities to enable them to tackle stigma and discrimination, to test innovations in education, care and treatment, and to deliver greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV.

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