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  Conference on Retroviruses
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March 4-7, 2018
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ViiV Healthcare Announces Positive Action Southern Initiative Expansion and Request for Proposals
The South is the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the United States, accounting for more new HIV diagnoses than all other regions combined, and with rates of diagnoses nearly 37% above the national average.[1]
Since ViiV Healthcare’s beginning, we have been committed to the South and are proud to continue leading efforts to increase community-driven solutions, decrease stigma and increase access to and engagement in care for those hardest hit by the epidemic.
Request for Proposals
Our Positive Action Southern Initiative helps close gaps in care for people disproportionately affected by HIV across the South and supports organizations to expand and enhance their linkage and adherence programs. This year we are proud to expand the reach of Positive Action Southern Initiative by including three additional states, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia, who are eligible for funding. We are also pleased to introduce and issue new funding opportunities for rural innovation projects.
Expanding Linkage to Care and Adherence to Treatment Supports
Positive Action Southern Initiative is requesting grant proposals to expand and enhance existing linkage to care and/or adherence to treatment projects to reach those most often left behind in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia. Positive Action Southern Initiative will support projects that incorporate the following potential strategies to help link and retain people in care:
⋅ Peer Navigation and Case Management
⋅ Community and Systems Collaboration
⋅ Mental Health and Behavioral Support Services
⋅ Empowerment Strategies
For more information about the Linkage to Care and Adherence to Treatment funding, please see the attached Request for Proposals.
New Rural Innovation Fund
The epidemic in the rural South is complex, multifaceted, and challenged by pervasive stigma, high poverty rates, barriers to healthcare delivery and access, staggering incarceration rates, an escalating opioid epidemic and the highest rates of people living with HIV in rural communities, nationwide.[2]
In response, ViiV Healthcare is inviting grant proposals for new approaches and disruptive strategies with the potential to improve access to and delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care for people living with and affected by HIV in the rural South. Positive Action Southern Initiative will support projects that are:
⋅ People Centered: Taking a person-centered approach to program design and delivery
⋅ Disruptive: Developing new and creative strategies to address unique challenges found in rural communities
⋅ Actionable: Demonstrating potential for implementation over time, leveraging and maximizing resources that already exist
⋅ Scalable: Prioritizing program elements with the potential for replication and scale locally and/or in other communities
For more information about the Rural Innovation Fund, please see the attached Request for Proposals.
Apply for a Grant
Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for one or both funding opportunities, and should submit their full grant proposals by Friday, April 23. To apply, please visit our Online Grantee Portal.
Please share these opportunities with your networks that may be interested. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to viiv@tccgrp.com.
We thank you for your great work and careful consideration of these opportunities.
Amelia Korangy
Senior Manager, External Affairs
Lead, Positive Action Southern Initiative
[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report 2016; vol. 28. Published November 2017. Accessed December 29, 2017. [2] Reif, S., Safley, D., McAllaster, C. et al. J Community Health (2017). State of HIV in the US Deep South. Published February 28, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2017.