The Southern Solutions Meeting had more than 200 southern stakeholders convene to share critical information about scalable, fundable solutions that are working to reduce new transmissions and improve the quality of care in their communities. Experts in healthcare, policy, law and advocacy came together through panel discussions to achieve the following goals for the Southern Solutions Meeting. Check out the presentations to learn more.
Goals of Southern Solutions:
1. To organize Southern cross-sectorial stakeholders identified in the federal “Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan”
2. To increase interests and access to public policy for community stakeholders
3. To discuss the challenges and solutions needed to reduce HIV disparities in the South
Moderator: Robert Greenwald, JD
Panelists: Ace Robinson, EMHL, MPH; Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH; Eugene McCray, MD, MPH; Laura Cheever, MD, ScM; Neeraj Gandotra, MD; Tammy Beckham, DVM, PhD
Moderator: Vignetta Charles, PhD
Panelists: Dwain Bridges, MBA; Michael Murphree; Quinten Bell; Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH; Russell Bennett, LSGW, PhD; Shakita Jones, MPA; Rita Harcrow
Moderator: Rev. Aquarius Gilmer, M.Div
Panelists: Senior Minister Carmarion D. Anderson; Pamela Foster, MD, MPH; Maureen Goodenow, PhD; Rev. Ulysses Burley, MD, MPH; Rev. Naomi Washington Leapheart; Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus, PhD, LCSW
Co-Moderator: Gretchen Weiss, MPH and Mike Weir, MPH
Panelists: Anna Forbes; Mauda L. Monger, MPH, PhD(c); Marissa Miller; Reginald Vicks, MBA; Shelley Lucas; Vicki Young, PhD; Bambi Gaddist, DrPH
Alabama is one of the seven states that have been prioritized as a state-wide engagement area within phase I of President Trump Administration’s “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.” In response, the Southern AIDS Coalition hosted the Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Roundtable and tour of the UAB 1917 Clinic. Southern leaders convened in Birmingham to discuss solutions to combat the HIV epidemic such as reducing stigma, educating people about PreP or ensuring diversity amongst healthcare and advocate organizations.
At the Inaugural Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Reception, the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Randal Woodfin, officially proclaimed August 20th Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Birmingham, Alabama. Individuals from the deep south and across the country came together to recognize honorees such as Dyllon Burnside, who portrays the character Ricky on “Pose,” who was awarded the Southern Champion Award for his commitment to advocacy and awareness. SAC also had the honor of recognizing SAC former Executive Director Nic Carlisle, JD with the Southern Solutions Award.
Dyllon Burnside, who portrays the character Ricky on the highly acclaimed Fox Network show "Pose," surprised individuals at The HUB for the screening of the season finale of "Pose." The Hub is a Birmingham resource for young men of color that offer services for HIV prevention, testing and more.