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Overcoming
the Challenges
of COVID-19
BY: Laurie Dill, MD, AAHIVS,
Cordelia Stearns, MD, AAHIVS and
Elana Parker Merriweather, Ed.S.,
NCC, BC-TMH

M

EDICAL ADVOCACY AND

OUTREACH (MAO) has evolved
to be the largest organization
of its kind in the state of
Alabama with a rich history of marrying southern
hospitality with compassionate, comprehensive
HIV services. What started as a grassroots effort
by volunteers in our founder's home more than
30 years ago, handing out food boxes and running
an information hotline out of a garage, is now,
an organization pushing the envelope of rural
healthcare while continuing to further expand
services for south Alabama residents. MAO's
direct medical and behavioral care services and
social supports programs, including housing,
transportation, food, and payment assistance, are
tailored to individuals infected and/or affected
by potentially life-threatening illnesses, with its
specialty being HIV treatment and prevention.
Community education and outreach activities,
focusing on risk-reduction and prevention of
HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections
(STI) and more, are routinely delivered outside
MAO's walls in a variety of formats and settings.
Today, the MAO umbrella includes four fullservice locations in Alabama (Atmore, Dothan,
Montgomery, and Selma) and eleven satellite
clinics that comprise MAO's Alabama e-Health
Network. More than 2,000 clients spanning more
than 28 counties and 18,675 square miles rely on
MAO today for stigma-free, comprehensive care.

Golden sunset over Alabama's historic Prattville Cotton Gin Mill.

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