The Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) is an initiative of the Duke Health Justice Clinic that works with a broad-based Steering Committee of HIV advocates and a Duke research team to create data-driven policy solutions to ending AIDS in the US South.
SASI develops research-based policy and strategy recommendations aimed at securing a federal commitment to fully implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the US South. SASI also supports state-based advocates in Deep South states with research and policy recommendations.
The evidence is clear: The Southeast has the highest rates of both new HIV diagnoses and HIV deaths, as well as poor social determinants of health. SASI seeks a federal commitment to develop models of integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for rural, midsize, and urban communities typical of those in the Southern region of the United States.
ANNOUNCEMENT: With the retirement of Director, Carolyn McAllaster, the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) will no longer exist as a separate initiative as of July 1, 2019. The research-based policy work of SASI will move to the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC).
SASI’s research will remain on the SASI website temporarily until it is moved to SAC’s website in the Fall of 2019.