The Southern Initiative

The Southern Initiative is a three-year project of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with CAI. The project provides service delivery funding and technical assistance (TA) to awardees in the following four jurisdictions: Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Memphis, TN; and New Orleans, LA. Funding supports the implementation of innovative and effective service delivery models to improve HIV outcomes among minority populations in the South, with a focus on MSM, youth, cisgender and transgender women, and people who inject drugs (PWID). 

As the training and TA provider, CAI works closely with awardees to improve their capacity to better engage and serve these populations, through implementation of a Community Health Worker (CHW) model, in addition to other secondary interventions.

The Southern Initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs.

“Just wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU for all of the information, support and guidance with this project.
You all are amazing!” – Southern Initiative Participant