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|NASTAD News, October 2012|
Health Care Access
ADAP Technical Assistance Meeting
In August, NASTAD convened the 2012 National ADAP Technical Assistance Meeting in Washington, D.C. with over 166 participants from 52 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Plenary and break-out sessions focused on a variety of important issues, including the Affordable Care Act, Ryan White reauthorization, 340B and drug pricing, coordination with other payers and financial forecasting. Session presentations are available at www.NASTAD.org.
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Gay Men's Health Equity Updates
As noted in the Digest, NASTAD and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NSCD) released Getting to Zero: Scaling-up Health Department HIV Strategies for Gay Men/MSM in September in conjunction with National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). This joint policy statement calls on health departments to take six steps to respond to the ongoing HIV and STD epidemics among gay men/MSM and builds on the Statement of Urgency: A Crisis Among Gay Men. As outlined in the Digest memorandum, NASTAD has a significant portfolio of activities focused on gay men's health equity, including those focused on Black, Latino and young gay men/MSM, reducing stigma and preparing for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation. A major effort across all facets of this portfolio is the provision of staff and peer-based technical assistance to states on provision of services for gay men/MSM. For more information on the gay men's health equity portfolio contact Francisco Ruiz.
Latino HIV Awareness Campaigns
The CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention's (DHAP) Prevention Communication Branch (PCB) convened a consultation of Latino experts in September to inform the development of a new HIV awareness campaign targeting the U.S. Latino population. Participants included community-based service providers, state and local health department staff and researchers. CDC intends to launch this campaign next year in time for National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (October 15). This is the second consultation convened by the PCB this year focusing on Latino communities. NASTAD also participated in a consultation on plans for their Latino MSM HIV testing campaign in March. At both consultations, CDC expressed interest in working with NASTAD and health departments on the rollout of both campaigns. For more information contact Francisco Ruiz.
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CBO Think Tank
In early September, the CDC-Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention's (DHAP) Prevention Program Branch (PPB) convened a Think Tank entitled Moving Forward: The Role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in a New Era of HIV Prevention to inform CDC's vision for future CBO-based HIV prevention programming. Approximately 40 participants from community and clinical CBOs, state and local health departments, HIV advocacy organizations and academia were guided through a structured dialogue focusing on topics with direct impact on the role of CBOs in HIV prevention, in particular the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), High Impact Prevention (HIP) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The next round of cooperative agreements for CBOs funded by CDC DHAP is expected to begin January 1, 2015. For more information contact Natalie Cramer.
Also in September, the CDC DHAP Capacity Building Branch (CBB) convened a Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Providers Institute to engage CBA partners in supporting the implementation of HIP and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and further align CBA services with these priorities. As "national partners" who also provide CBA, staff from NASTAD, the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) and HealthHIV were invited to participate in this meeting. The next round of CBA cooperative agreements is expected to begin April 1, 2014. For more information contact Natalie Cramer.
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Member and Staff Updates
In member updates, Sherry Riley has been named the Administrator of the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Program in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Florida Department of Health.
In staff updates, Todd Harvey joined the Prevention team as a Senior Manager, coming to NASTAD after several years as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Texas in Austin, where he worked closely with health departments and community planning groups. In addition, Jermel Wallace joined both NASTAD and NCSD as a Fellow in Health Equity. Prior to joining NCSD and NASTAD in this shared position, Jermel was at Emory University providing oversight for the national 7-city HIV Prevention Trials Network – Black MSM (Brothers-HPTN 061) study.
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