HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Mary Elizabeth Marr, CEO of the Huntsville-based AIDS Action Coalition, has been elected to serve as a member of the group that oversees the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.
The Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, FAPP, is a national coalition of nearly 200 local, regional, and national organizations advocating for progressive federal HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, according to a coalition news release.
Marr has worked in the AIDS arena since 1992, while she was working for the American Red Cross as their Health Educator. She was awarded Educator of the Year by the AIDS Task Force of Alabama in 1998. During that time she was also on the board of directors of the AIDS Action Coalition.
She became the director of the AIDS Action Coalition/Davis Clinic in January 1999. Under Marr’s leadership the AIDS Action Coalition’s annual budget has grown from $500,000 to $4.2 million. Her efforts have also led to expanded clinical care, Centers for Disease Control grant-targeting for African Americans, expanded testing, recently added housing and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding.
Marr received a degree in Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. and she has three children, Chet, Christian and Morgan.
She has been selected to be one of 13 at-large members on FAPP’s Convening Group which manages the partnership. The Convening Group holds monthly telephone meetings and meets quarterly in Washington, D.C.
Much of FAPP’s policy and advocacy work is done through its working groups, according to the news release, and the groups include: AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, Global AIDS Roundtable, HIV Health Care Access Working Group, HIV Housing Working Group, HIV Prevention Action Committee, Research Working Group, and Ryan White Work Group.
The non-profit AIDS Action Coalition began offering support to people living with HIV and AIDS in 1988 and it opened Joe Davis Clinic in 1992. The coalition’s stated mission is to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the 12 counties of North Alabama and care for people and families living with the disease.
Updated at 11:02 to include Marr background information.