The Atlanta AIDS Partnership
Atlanta ranked 9th among US cities for the number of cases of AIDS and had 70 percent of Georgia’s total cases. In response, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Metro Atlanta assembled a group of national and international leaders on the issues of health, HIV/AIDS and social justice to help catalyze, organize, guide and sustain efforts to achieve major progress against the spread of HIV/AIDS. This leadership team is co-chaired by Dr. David Satcher, president of the Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine and former U.S. Surgeon General, and Ms. Sandra Thurman, president of the International AIDS Trust at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the former National Director of AIDS Policy under the Clinton Administration.
With DCA’s help the team developed a vision – “A Community Without AIDS: No New Cases” – that focuses on the five Greater Atlanta counties that are hardest hit by HIV/AIDS: Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Cobb.
The Community Foundation and DCA then engaged key stakeholders in one-on-one and small group discussions to develop a deeper understanding of the region’s needs and assets, gain input on areas of focus, reveal specific opportunities for impact and identify individuals and organizations that have the interest and capacity to play prominent roles in achieving the vision. These leaders developed a formal partnership and strategic plan called The Atlanta AIDS Partnership. The plan established goals, strategic paths and partnerships for the following areas of focus for community action:
- Faith-based involvement – to replace a culture of silence with a culture of support
- Place-based strategies for prevention and care – to help people directly and deeply
- Systems and capacity building – to create a stable, comprehensive system of prevention and care
- Policy development and advocacy – to build the political and financial support needed to succeed
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Metro Atlanta have become lead organizations for the Atlanta AIDS Partnership, ensuring the Partnership’s smooth functioning, providing core staffing, managing resource entities that will support all efforts and convening all or parts of the Partnership components to assess progress and conduct additional planning.