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Advancing Our Commitment to Leaving No Person Living with HIV Behind
Right now, we are in a moment. There is a focus on ending the HIV epidemic in the US, and people are paying attention and taking action. Partners across government, private and community sectors are progressively working together and pushing to close gaps in care. It is an exciting time for progress in the fight against HIV, but we have a long road ahead of us.
The gaps in care that must be addressed are significant. This epidemic is increasingly impacting Black and brown communities, affecting young people and those on the margins, fueled by discrimination, stigma and system failures. To make meaningful progress, it is imperative that we listen and empower communities affected by HIV to engage in the design of solutions that will make an impact, and for advocates to connect the dots between federal plans and on-the-ground implementation.
There are many in the community already making great strides in the right direction. Treatment Action Group (TAG) and their work with the ACT NOW: END AIDS (ANEA) Coalition has led by example in supporting community-engaged planning and local advocacy. ViiV Healthcare has supported this work for years, and we know resources created by and for community leadership will accelerate the HIV response for those most affected.
As part of our 10-year commitment to supporting community insights and engagement we are pleased to provide grant funding to TAG for the ANEA Coalition’s work to increase local and state community leadership in coordination with the new federal Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America initiative through a new small grants program. This work will be led by a community coordinator for the ANEA Coalition.
This funding will enable rapid engagement of local, state and national community partners in the federal EHE initiative through coordinated local campaigns, action grants and technical assistance to mobilize communities. The grant is the latest example of ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to EHE and underscores the company’s unique approach to developing and supporting sustainable community programs – with and for the HIV community.
Community-based coalitions and organizations working in any of the 57 named jurisdictions are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 of funding to support activities that will lead toward sustainable local- and state-level community leadership in the federally funded initiative.
Applications must be received by December 6, 2019. A strong preference will be shown for applications from the Southern US; to be eligible, applicants must show that their coalition or organization includes meaningful leadership from communities of color and people living with HIV.
To learn more and get connected to the initiative, visit http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/.