Linda N. Stringfellow, director of AmeriCorps*VISTA at Delta State University, recently visited Washington, D.C. for a private meeting at the White House to discuss HIV in the American South.
Convened by Office of National Aids Policy director, Douglas Brooks, the four-hour meeting brought together activists, consumers, organization leaders and government representation to engage in a frank and informed discussion.
Stringfellow joined other representatives from the Southern AIDS Coalition to develop this meeting and encourage partnerships to end the HIV epidemic.
Stringfellow will also attend the 2014 United States Conference on AIDS in San Diego, Calif. in October in recognition of her brown bag lunch program, a training initiative by the Black AIDS Institute.
The Southern AIDS Coalition, formed in 2001, is a regional nonprofit serving the 16 Southern states and D.C. as defined by the U.S. Census: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The coalition is comprised of a unique partnership of government representatives, community-based organizations, people living with HIV disease and business entities.