Launched: Vanguard HIV Policy Change-Makers Fellowship

March 14, 2024

Equality Federation Institute (EFI), empowered by ViiV Healthcare and our network of state-based LGBTQ+ advocacy partners, launched a bold pilot program this month: The Vanguard HIV Policy Change-Makers Fellowship!

Building on the years of HIV advocacy work EFI has done, we’ve designed a new program specifically for emerging leaders passionate about fighting for policies that will end HIV in the states.

For our 2024 cohort, we're partnering with amazing organizations like FreeState Justice in Maryland, Arkansas Black Gay Men's Forum, and BlaqOut in Missouri to create a powerful network of inaugural HIV policy fellows and peers.

This transformative 12-month journey equips future public health champions and leaders with the tools and connections to revolutionize HIV policy in their state. As a paid team member within an Equality Federation state-based LGBTQ+ advocacy partner organization, fellows will:

  • Uncover public health inequities by enhancing their abilities to identify emerging issues driving the HIV epidemic in marginalized communities informed by a comprehensive and intersectional knowledge of LGBTQ+ and HIV history.  
  • Forge solutions with impact by shaping powerful policy proposals that dismantle structural barriers and deliver lasting change in politically challenging states where there are public health policy advancement opportunities.
  • Navigate the political landscape by mastering the art of building alliances and identifying opportune moments to champion the public health policy and advocacy priorities of communities disproportionately impacted by HIV. 

More than a fellowship, this is a launchpad. Fellows will emerge ready to: 

  • Drive policy with authority with the professional experience of informing policy decisions with modern science and irrefutable data inclusive of experiences and leadership of people living with and most impacted by HIV.
  • Enhance HIV Policy Community Literacy with the professional experience of mobilizing and training LGBTQ+ friendly constituents on key policy and advocacy priorities that’ll better equip highly impacted communities’ ability to fight HIV in their states.
  • Shape a brighter future for their professional next steps while leaving a lasting impact on the trajectory of the HIV epidemic.

Together, we’re going to make history and end the HIV epidemic, one policy change at a time! 

More You might like

Say Hello to Our Newest State Partner!

Our state partner network is growing, and we’re so excited to introduce you to our newest member: Lavender Rights Project!

July 1, 2024
Introducing our Newest State Partners!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our state partner network: BlaqOut and the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico! 

July 1, 2024
REPORT: Preempting LGBTQ+ Rights: How States Undermine Local Leadership and Innovation on LGBTQ+ Equality

In a new paper from A Better Balance, Local Solutions Support Center, and Equality Federation, we trace the local roots of LGBTQ+ equality in the United States and highlight the different types of abusive preemption that target local authority to protect LGBTQ+ individuals.

July 1, 2024
A young man looking up, smilingA young man smiling straight at the camera
Confident young woman standing with crossed arms.

Want To Make A Difference? Support Our Work

With your support, we'll be able to continue our work to build the leaders of today and tomorrow, strengthen state-based LGBTQ+ organizations, and make critical progress on the issues that matter most—like protecting transgender people, ending HIV criminalization and ensuring access to care, and banning conversion therapy across the country.