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|NASTAD News, August 2012|
NASTAD Press at AIDS2012
Visit AIDS2012 for more information on the conference.See Kaiser's coverage and webcasting of AIDS2012 here.
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Health Care Access
Just before the International AIDS Conference got underway, NASTAD announced the launch of HarborPath, a new, non-profit organization offering a single place for application and medication fulfillment for uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS who otherwise qualify for manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs (PAPs). HarborPath's "one stop shop" portal will provide a streamlined, online process to qualify individuals and deliver the donated medications through a mail-order pharmacy.President Clinton mentioned NASTAD and other partners working with HarborPath at the closing session of AIDS2012 (fast forward to approximately 1:59:25 http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2012/July-27/Closing-Session.aspx).
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Minority Leadership Program Seminar at AIDS2012
NASTAD staff Michelle Batchelor and Francisco Ruiz presented a seminar on leadership development for the health department workforce and the NASTAD Minority Leadership Program (MLP) at AIDS 2012. A graduate of MLP, Safere Diawara (Virginia Department of Health) was also on the panel to describe the important support MLP provided to further his leadership development, and several graduates and current MLP participants attended. NASTAD described its work on leadership development both in the U.S. and through its Global Program, which both focus on development of the management and leadership and visioning skills necessary for leadership of public health HIV/AIDS programs.
Over 40 people attending AIDS2012 participated in the workshop, from both health departments and community organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Discussion included the importance of the peer-based mentoring support provided through the program that links minority health department staff with their peers around the country. Several participants indicated that they aspired to work in health departments, emphasizing the importance of the public health workforce pipeline in places like historically black colleges, and Latino and Native American colleges and other venues beyond elite institutions.
NASTAD is currently in the midst of its second cohort of the MLP and is planning the timeline for the third round, to get underway in 2013, with applications distributed this fall. In addition to the intensive training provided through the year-long program, NASTAD continues to explore ways to further support and develop the health department workforce, including strategies for diffusion/training-of-trainer models, certification, and supporting the cadre of graduates as master trainers. For more information on the NASTAD MLP, please visit the NASTAD webpage.
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Prevention and Surveillance
Surveillance Recommendations for Native Americans
On July 20, CDC released a report on key findings and recommendations to improve HIV surveillance among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in the United States, based on input from state and local surveillance staff and Native American partners. This report was developed in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as the first of three reports on smaller populations. This report will be followed by similar reports for Asian American and Pacific Islander and migrant populations, which will be made available on the CDC NHAS webpage.
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Member and Staff Updates
In member news, Heather Hauck announced that she has accepted the position of Director of the Division of State Programs at the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, beginning in mid-August. Also, Ralph Wilmoth moved from Colorado to Kansas and is the new Kansas AIDS Director. Melanie Mattson is the Acting Section Chief in Colorado.
In staff news, Blake Rowley came on board as the new Nicholas A. Rango Fellow, bringing to NASTAD many years of HIV/AIDS field experience including a stint at the Fenway Institute and management of several studies looking at PrEP adherence in high-risk communities and the protocol design for the HPTN 061 BROTHERS study. In other staff news, Oscar Mairena has been promoted to Manager, Viral Hepatitis/Policy and Legislative Affairs and Addis Tilahun has been promoted to Accountant III.
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