PASWHA is the lead organization that supports the professional growth and development of HIV social workers and allied professionals, promotes the evidence-informed practice, and advances equitable and just policies to end the HIV & AIDS epidemic.
As leaders in the field of HIV Social Work, PASWHA strives to end the HIV & AIDS epidemic by promoting social justice and equity through all forms of social work practice.
Carmen Julious, LISW-CP &AP, Chief Executive Officer Palmetto AIDS Life Support Service
PALSS was established in 1985 as the first non-governmental organizational response to AIDS in South Carolina. The agency is located in Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina and the largest city in Richland County. Richland County historically has ranked highest for rates of HIV and AIDS in South Carolina, according to data maintained by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. PALSS’ current mission is to provide education, health, housing, and human services to persons living with and communities affected by chronic illness with a historical focus on HIV and AIDS. PALSS provides housing services including short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance, food pantry, transportation, community-based counseling and testing for HIV/STI/Hepatitis/COVID19, medical case management, outreach, linkage to care, primary HIV/STI/Hepatitis care, COVID-19 vaccine and pharmacy assistance to a variety of populations.
Amy Palilonis, MSW, Deputy Director of HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH))
OHH is the Office responsible for management and oversight of the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program at the national level. In her role as Deputy Director, Amy oversees OHH's policy and operations work. This includes developing and implementing HOPWA program regulations, policies, guidance, Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for new grants, technical assistance, and grantee capacity-building initiatives. Amy also represents HUD on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Interagency Working Group. She strongly believes that we cannot end the HIV epidemic without addressing homelessness and housing instability and has spent her career in OHH developing guidance, initiatives, and funding opportunities focused on improving housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. Amy received a BSW from Rutgers University and an MSW from Columbia University. She lives in Herndon, VA with her husband and two dogs.