The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) works to direct federal, state, and local policy on behalf of people living with HIV and the organizations that serve them; provide technical assistance and training to increase the capacity of organizations to effect system change; and organize and amplify the voices of people living with HIV. SAC’s direct policy advocacy, capacity building, and grassroots organizing have been instrumental in the development and implementation of public health policies that improve the lives of PLHIV in the South.
Ultimately, the project seeks to reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequities in the South by empowering people living with HIV and their allies to achieve specific legislative and administrative policy changes.
- Support communities where people living with HIV in the South can connect with each other and leaders can emerge.
- Promote, increase, and strengthen the development of these leaders through intensive skills building and ongoing support.
- Expand issue knowledge and advocacy skills through free training and technical assistance as each network defines its own state policy priorities and advocacy agenda.
- Mobilize these networks, along with our broader coalition of allies, to achieve the federal policy priorities of CDC resource allocation, HOPWA modernization, and Ryan White Program reauthorization