504HealthNet Awarded New COMPASS Initiative® Grant to Expand Efforts to Combat HIV in The Greater New Orleans Area
Funding is Part of Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative® to Curb HIV Infection Rate, Reduce Stigma in the South
New Orleans/Louisiana (Dec. 5, 2019) – Today, 504HealthNet received a $60,000 Transformative Grant from University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work as part of the COMPASS Initiative® to build on community-driven solutions that are reducing stigma and improving the health and wellbeing of those impacted by HIV in the South. 504HealthNet will use the funds to provide healthcare coordination support of Reentry Residents in the GNO Region. The mission of this partnership is to help local community health centers (CHCs) expand their capacity to provide socially-tailored, trauma-informed healthcare services to residents in reentry. 504HN will partner with the local Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Clinic and the Transitions Clinic Network to provide trainings, peer sharing presentations, and technical assistance to equip the network of CHCs with the tools and capacity required to provide the most effective and compassionate outreach and healthcare services (primary care, mental health, dental care, substance use treatment, etc.) to this population.
“504HealthNet has been seeking support for a coordinated system of care to better serve reentry residents throughout the greater New Orleans area over the last year. With this new partnership with the COMPASS Initiative, we look forward to enhancing the capacity of our safety-net providers to reach more reentry residents.” – Tiffany Netters, Executive Director, 504HealthNet
The South faces a growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Despite being home to only 38 percent of the country’s population, Southern states experienced 52 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2017. Due to societal disparities in the South—including poverty, housing stability and food security—the epidemic represents a complex challenge that requires a variety of community-based solutions. COMPASS invests in community organizations that build awareness, reduce stigma, advance education, share knowledge and promote the well-being of individuals affected by HIV.
The COMPASS Initiative® is awarding more than $2.3 million in Transformative Grants to 40 organizations. This one-year grant will help address inequalities within the HIV epidemic by increasing organizational capacity, reducing stigma and promoting wellbeing, mental health, and trauma-informed care.
“We believe in going where the need is greatest, listening to those working on the front lines and providing them the resources they need to scale their success,” said Korab Zuka, Vice President of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences. “Nowhere is that truer than in the Southern U.S., where HIV infection rates are increasing and finding access to care can be difficult. Last year our transformative grantees helped reduce stigma, train healthcare professionals and expand access in rural communities. We’re excited to see these new grantees bring their creativity and tenacity to end HIV once and for all.”
About the Gilead COMPASS Initiative®
The Gilead COMPASS Initiative® is a 10-year, more than $100 million commitment in the Southern United States supporting organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The corporate giving program of the Initiative has a threefold mission: to build capacity and increase knowledge sharing among community-based, underfunded organizations in Southern states; to explore interventions that appropriately respond to patients’ needs, including the bundling or reframing of mental healthcare, as well as the intersection between substance use, the opioid epidemic and HIV/AIDS; and to fund awareness and anti-stigma campaigns. Through this Initiative, Gilead plans to dramatically increase the reach of these organizations working to address the epidemic in the region, and ultimately to improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS.
For more information on Gilead’s COMPASS Initiative and the full list of grantees visit www.gileadcompass.com.