Access to Care
The AIDS United Access to Care (A2C) initiative expands access to high-quality, life-extending care that is free from stigma and discrimination, through innovative, evidence-based, collaborative program models. Over the program’s five years, it leveraged a public-private partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and 14 private national funders to identify, scale, and evaluate promising interventions that improve linkage to care. Through 2015, the initiative has brought 5,181 people to care, granted over $14 million to the field, and leveraged an additional $14 million in local match funding. From pioneering work to bring telemedicine to HIV care, to developing novel approaches to bridge the gap between jail and the community, and/or supporting deeper and more meaningful integration of peers — the A2C initiative is making a measurable difference in the lives of people living with HIV and the field that supports them.
Grantees: ActionAIDS, Philadelphia, PA • AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Chicago, IL • Damien Center, Indianapolis, IN • AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA • AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Los Angeles, CA • Amida Care, New York, NY • Christie’s Place, San Diego, CA • Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, Montgomery, AL • St. Louis Effort for AIDS, St. Louis, MO • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL • Washington AIDS Partnership, Washington, DC • Louisiana Public Health Initiative, New Orleans, LA
Funder: Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS)
AIDSWatch, presented by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, is the nation’s largest annual constituent-based HIV/AIDS advocacy event. In 2015, AIDSWatch brought together over 350 people living with HIV and their allies, from 28 states, DC, and Puerto Rico, to meet with Members of Congress about important issues at stake for people living with HIV. Advocates educated Congress on issues including the future of the Ryan White Program, The Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and HIV criminalization. AIDSWatch is implemented as a partnership between AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project, and the US People Living With HIV Caucus.
Presenting Sponsor: The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
The AIDS United AmeriCorps program is the first and broadest-reaching national AmeriCorps program focusing specifically on HIV prevention, testing, and care. The AmeriCorps program creates the next generation of public health leaders through intensive training and hands-on experience as HIV testers, health educators, care navigators, and other direct service roles. In 2015, the 54 AmeriCorps Members completed over 91,000 service hours, helped over 12,000 people learn their HIV status, and reached over 36,000 people through HIV prevention education and outreach services! Through the program’s 21-year history, over 850 people have completed a year of service through our program.
Sites: Atlanta, GA; Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM • Chicago, IL • Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN • New Orleans, LA • Washington, DC
Funder: Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions – Implementation Technical Assistance Center
The Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions initiative, supported by Health Resources and Services Administration, is a national, first-of-its-kind project to disseminate and test evidence-informed interventions to improve access to HIV care for people who face some of the largest disparities across the United States. Using an implementation-science approach, 12 sites across the country will be supported with practical tools, technical assistance, and evaluation expertise to ensure successful replication of four interventions to improve patient outcomes.
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Getting to Zero
Available at no cost to community-based organizations (CBOs), the AIDS United Getting to Zero initiative helps CBOs across the country build capacity and implement high-impact HIV prevention. The Getting to Zero staff provided trainings to hundreds of people in 2015 on topics ranging from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Hepatitis C, overdose prevention and response, and developing healthy relationships and communications skills. Combining the best approaches in the bio-medical, behavior change, and harm-reduction fields, Getting to Zero delivers technical assistance based on real world experience informed and provided by an extensive portfolio of nationally known experts, and a passion to end the HIV epidemic.
Funder: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
M2MPower jumpstarts the conversation about HIV among LGBTQ people, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, by raising awareness. M2Mpower empowers communities disproportionately impacted by HIV by giving individuals the knowledge and tools they need to make healthy decisions for themselves and those they love. This is accomplished through strategic partnering with national LGBTQ organizations, creating and distributing innovative resources like the What Do I Do handbook, facilitating HIV testing at events, and reaching LGBTQ people with targeted HIV prevention and treatment messaging through social media.
Funder: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
National Center for Innovation in HIV Care
The Center provides free trainings and technical assistance opportunities for Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations and community-based organizations. Trainings focus on developing strategies to manage change, improve operational effectiveness and sustainability, and optimize health outcomes for people living with HIV along the continuum of care.
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) cooperative agreement with the Fenway Institute
Positive Organizing Project
The Positive Organizing Project, supported by the Gilead Foundation, creates opportunities to strengthen and empower people living with HIV to revitalize a grass-roots organizing movement. Funded projects range from focusing on the unique needs and experiences of transgender women, providing mentorship and policy training to youth living with HIV, to expanding peer support for women living with HIV — all grantees harness the power and resiliency inherent in their communities to make a clear difference in the lives of people living with HIV.
Grantees 2015 — 2016: AIDS Partnership Michigan, Detroit, MI • Brothers United, Indianapolis, IN • Chicago Women’s Project, Chicago, IL • Down East AIDS Network, Ellsworth, ME • Equality Foundation of Georgia, Atlanta GA • Housing Works, Brooklyn, NY • Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA • Mazonni Center, Philadelphia, PA • Positive Women’s Network Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Grantees 2014 – 2015: AIDS Partnership Michigan, Detroit, MI • Legacy Community Health Services, Houston, TX • Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle, WA;
Funder: Gilead Foundation
Public Policy Committee
The AIDS United’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the largest and longest running community-based HIV/AIDS coalition in the country. The PPC brings together 41 of the most respected HIV-focused organizations in the country to find solutions to complicated national issues that are responsive to the needs of people living with HIV and the organizations that support them. Learn more about the PPC or how to apply for membership at policy. aidsunited.org.
AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA • AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL • AIDS Project Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI • Amida Care, New York, NY • Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York, NY • Legacy Community Health, Houston, TX • San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco, CA • Whitman- Walker Health, Washington, DC • National Alliance for HIV Education and WorkforceDevelopment*, Pittsburgh, PA
AIDS Alabama, Birmingham, AL AIDS Arms, Dallas, TX • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care*, Akron, OH; BOOM!Health, Bronx, NY • Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, OR • Christie’s Place, San Diego, CA • Collaborative Solutions, Birmingham, AL • CrescentCare, New Orleans, LA • Delaware HIV Consortium, Wilmington, DE; Equitas Health, Dayton, OH • Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, FL • God’s Love We Deliver, New York, NY • Harlem United, New York, NY • Housing Works, Brooklyn, NY • Howard Brown Health, Chicago, IL • IV-CHARIS, Cincinnati, OH • Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA • Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA • Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Saint Petersburg, FL • Minnesota AIDS Project, Minneapolis, MN • Nashville CARES, Nashville, TN • National Black Justice Coalition*, Washington, DC • Positive Women’s Network- USA*, Oakland, CA • Project Inform, San Francisco, CA • Puerto Rico Community Network for Clinical Research on AIDS, San Juan, PR • Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, Durham, NC • Southern AIDS Coalition, Birmingham, AL • Thrive Alabama, Huntsville, AL • Treatment Access Expansion Project, Jamaica Plain, MA • Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services*, Houston, TX • The Women’s Collective, Washington, DC
*Indicates national coalition
Compared to its relative population size, Puerto Rico has one of the most disproportionate HIV epidemics in the United States. As a territory, it faces greater barriers than most states to address its HIV epidemic. Through our Puerto Rico Portfolio, AIDS United is supporting innovative HIV prevention work that is not supported through the federal or local governments. Grantees are incorporating art and intergenerational communication to support sexual-risk negotiation among women, outreaching via social media to young men who have sex with men, and increasing access to condoms and sterile syringes through vending machine in self-coined “HIV Prevention Zones.” Our focus in Puerto Rico also seeks to help ensure the voices of people living with and impacted by HIV are part of the national HIV policy dialogue.
Grantees: Taller Salud, Loíza, PR • Puerto Rico Community Network for Research on AIDS, San Juan, PR • Migrant Health Center, Mayagüez, PR
Funder: H. van Ameringen Foundation and Johnson & Johnson
Retention in Care
The AIDS United Retention in Care (RiC) initiative, done in partnership with the M·A·C AIDS Fund, focuses on — and rigorously evaluates — emerging strategies and models of care. The initiative uses a national evaluation framework that works hand-in-hand with local evaluators to document the ability of programs to improve individual health, affect systems change, and measure cost effectiveness of promising interventions. RiC grantees focus on communities that often experience significant barriers to improved health outcomes. The initiative has developed, scaled, and evaluated seven innovative program strategies to improve retention in care and has engaged more than 700 people in regular HIV care through those strategies.
Grantees: Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA • Christie’s Place, San Diego, CA • Universityof Virginia, Charlottesville, VA • BOOM!Health, Bronx, NY • Institute for Public Health Innovation, Washington, DC • The Open Door, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA • AIDS Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Funder: M•A•C AIDS Fund
Change is nothing new for organizations at the forefront of the HIV epidemic. Only now, thanks to new biomedical approaches and the Affordable Care Act, change is coming on multiple fronts, and it’s happening fast! That’s exactly where the AIDS United Sector Transformation initiative can help! Offering support through cash grants, technical assistance, reverse site visits, and new resources and products — Sector Transformation provides the expertise and resources to help organizations at the forefront of our nation’s response to HIV make the most of new advances in the HIV field and health reform.
Grantees: A.H. of Monroe County, Key West, FL • Affinity Health Center (formerly Catawba Care), Rock Hill, SC • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA • Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Birmingham, AL • Empowerment Resource Center, Inc, Atlanta, GA • Iris House, New York, NY • JRI Health, Boston, MA • Metro TeenAIDS, Washington, DC • Positive Impact Health Centers (formerly: AID Gwinett, Positive Impact), Atlanta, GA • RAIN, Charlotte, NC • San Antonio AIDS Foundation, San Antonio, TX • Shanti Project (formerly: Shanti Project, Pets are Wonderful Support), San Francisco, CA • Transgender Law Center, Oakland, CA • Unified — HIV Health and Beyond (formerly: AIDS Partnership Michigan, HIV/AIDS Resource Center), Detroit, Ypsiltanti, and Jackson, MI • Brothers United, Indianapolis, IN.
Funder: Brystol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson
The AIDS United Southern Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS (REACH) initiative shapes policies and builds local capacity to challenge HIV and the disparities that fuel the epidemic in the South. Building on the strengths of local leadership and community-based organizations, the initiative supports targeted policy and advocacy efforts driven by and for people affected by HIV through strategic grants, technical assistance, and a network of advocates dedicated to the cause. This work has been generously supported by the Ford Foundation for over 10 years.
Grants 2014-2015: ACCESS Network, Inc., Ridgeland, SC • Affinity Health Center, Rock Hill, SC • AIDS Alabama, Birmingham, AL • BASIC NWFL, Inc. (Panama City, FL) • Birmingham AIDS Outreach (Birmingham, AL) • Choices: Memphis Center for Reproductive Health (Memphis, TN) • Collaborative Solutions Inc. (Birmingham, AL) • Counter Narrative Project (Atlanta, GA) • Duke University (Durham, NC) • El Centro Hispano, Inc (Durham, NC) • EqualityFoundation of Georgia (Atlanta, GA) • Friends For Life Corporation (Memphis, TN) • HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (Baton Rouge, LA) • Legal Services Alabama (Montgomery, AL) • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC) • Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network (Shreveport, LA) • Mississippi Center for Justice (Jackson, MS) • Nashville CARES (Nashville, TN) • NO/AIDS Task Force (New Orleans, LA) • North Carolina AIDS Action Network (Raleigh, NC) • North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (Durham, NC) • Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS) (Fort Walton Beach, FL) • SisterLove, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) • South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (Columbia, SC) • South Carolina HIV Task Force (Ridgeland, SC) • Thrive Alabama (Huntsville, AL) • Western North Carolina AIDS Project (Asheville, NC) • Women With a Vision, Inc. (New Orleans, LA)
Funder: Ford Foundation
Syringe Access Fund
The Syringe Access Fund is the largest private grant-making collaborative supporting syringe exchange programs as a proven and cost-effective strategy to reduce new HIV and viral hepatitis infections. Founded in 2004, the collaborative includes the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Irene Diamond Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and AIDS United. The Syringe Access Fund has distributed nearly $18 million through 347 grants to 161 organizations in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Grantees: People’s Harm Reduction Alliance Seattle, WA • Sonoma County Hepatitis AIDS Risk Reduction Program Santa Rosa, CA • Down East AIDS Network, Inc. Ellsworth , ME • Chicago Recovery Alliance Chicago, IL • Needle Exchange Program of Asheville Asheville, NC • Clean Needles Now/ LA Community Health Outreach Project Los Angeles, CA • Bethany Place, Belleville, IL • Any Positive Change Inc. Lower Lake, CA • South Jersey Against AIDS, Inc. (DBA South Jersey AIDS Alliance) Atlantic City, NJ • Venice Family Clinic Venice, CA • Harm Reduction Services, Inc. Sacramento , CA • NO/AIDS Task Force New Orleans, LA • The Phoenix Center Springfield, IL • Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network Ukiah, CA • Clark County Public Health Vancouver, WA • Harm Reduction Coalition New York, NY • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation Tucson, AZ • Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution Berkeley, CA • Reading Risk Reduction Reading, PA • El Punto en la Montaña San Juan, PR • Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association Anchorage, AK • Fresno Needle Exchange Program Fresno, CA • HIPS Washington, DCSt. James Infirmary San Francisco, CA • Bienestar Human Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA • Migrant Health Center, Inc. Mayagüez, PR • Interior AIDS Association Fairbanks, AK • AIDS NETWORK INC Madison, WI • Family Health Centers of San Diego San Diego, CA • Prevention Point Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA • Homeless Youth Alliance/San Francisco Needle Exchange San Francisco, CA • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center dba Harm Reduction Action Center Denver, CO • Housing Works, Inc. Brooklyn, NY • Blue Mountain Heart to Heart Walla Walla, WA • Harm Reduction Coalition New York, NY • Santa Fe Mountain Center Tesuque, NM • Casa Segura HEPPAC Oakland, CA • Community Health Awareness Group Detroit, MI • Project SAFE Philadelphia, PA • Camden Area Health Education Center Camden, NJ • Point Defiance AIDS Project Tacoma, WA • Westminster Presbyterian Church (START at Westminster) Washington, DC • AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Inc.* Cleveland, OH • New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN)* Brooklyn, NY • North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc (NCHRC)* Durham, NC • Women With a Vision, Inc.* New Orleans, LA • University of Miami* Miami, FL • Washington AIDS Partnership* Washington, DC • Minnesota AIDS Project* Minneapolis, MN • Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.* Atlanta, GA
Funders: Elton John AIDS Foundation, Irene Diamond Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, Open Society Foundations and AIDS United.
* Asterisks indicate programs directly funded by AIDS United; all others funded by Elton John AIDS Foundation.