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NASTAD News, January 2012
Digest: The Month In Review
Program News
Health Care Access
Health Equity
Prevention
Member and Staff Updates
Digest: The Month In Review
Compilation of December Weekly ADAP Waiting List Updates
January 9 Call on Release of Module One of National ADAP Monitoring Project
Update: FY2012 Appropriations
Response Requested: PS 12-1201 Budget Negotiations
Update: ADAP Crisis Task Force Enhanced Agreement with Merck
Update: ADAP Crisis Task Force Enhanced Agreement with BMS
Update: HRSA Monitoring Standards
Response Requested: Participation in NASTAD PS 12-1201 Site Visit Delegation
Save the Date: NASTAD Decriminalization Guidance Launch Technical Assistance Webinar
Save the Date: 2012 ADAP TA Meeting
Response Requested: NASTAD and NCSD Institutional Assessment on MSM
Response Requested: National ADAP Project Budget Comparison
NASTAD Press Release on President Obama's World AIDS Day Announcement
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Program News

Health Care Access

ADAP Crisis Task Force
The ADAP Crisis Task Force recently completed negotiations with six of the eight HIV antiretroviral manufacturers to secure additional voluntary price reductions and freezes. Please refer to the Digest for general information regarding these agreements. A summary of the agreements with a detailed account of the negotiated prices for each medication was hard-copy mailed to all ADAPs in December. If you have not received this mailing, please contact Britten Pund.

HRSA Draft Communications
NASTAD attended a meeting in December with HRSA/HAB staff where HAB discussed their plans for implementation of health reform and Ryan White reauthorization. HAB provided their draft plan for feedback. NASTAD will continue to engage with HRSA on these issues. For more information contact Murray Penner.

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Health Equity

Texas Black Women's Initiative Leadership Summit
NASTAD participated in a leadership summit for Black women convened by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in December. Summit participants included the chairs of each of the eight DSHS regions that have actively engaged in program planning and implementation for increased HIV/AIDS education and service utilization for Black women in Texas. Presentations at the summit demonstrated that the technical assistance and capacity-building services collaboratively provided by NASTAD and DSHS since October 2010 have shown results. Teams reported on a number of traditional and non-traditional activities ranging from conducting extensive community needs assessments to partnering with media outlets. Teams have hosted community forums, convened discussion groups on historically Black college campuses, engaged the faith community and conducted several testing events. Several have established social media networks as well. With a solid commitment from DSHS in 2012, the regional teams will focus on establishing or enhancing partnerships, facilitating regional educational sessions and completing an environmental scan of local services for Black women. For more information contact Michelle Batchelor.

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Prevention

Revised Guidelines for HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings and Linkage to Health and Prevention Services
ICF Macro was awarded a one year contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) to develop an operational guide, toolkit and evaluation manual to support the implementation of CDC's forthcoming Revised Guidelines for HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings and Linkage to Health and Prevention Services. The goal of the operational guide is to assist CDC grantees in effectively implementing HIV testing programs and linking clients to health and prevention services. The operational/procedural guide will include tips, tools, model programs and best practices to assist program managers in designing, implementing and operating their HIV testing program. 

ICF Macro has subcontracted with NASTAD to implement key elements of the project. ICF Macro and NASTAD have convened an Advisory Board comprised of health department and community based organization (CBO) staff with expertise in HIV testing. Over the past month, NASTAD conducted a needs assessment among health department and CBO representatives on targeting HIV testing and recruiting, implementation, and linkages. A report of findings will inform the operational guide and toolkit. NASTAD is also developing an inventory and gap analysis of resources currently used by health department and CBO staff for HIV testing in non-clinical settings, which will also inform the operational guide. The operational guide, toolkit and evaluation manual are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

For more information contact Natalie Cramer.

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Member and Staff Updates

NASTAD members elected Jane Cheeks (AL) and Mildred Williamson (IL) to fill seats on the Executive Committee made vacant through the departures of Michelle Roland (CA) and Carmine Grasso (NJ). In December, the Membership Committee began working on nominations for two additional replacements to fill seats vacated due to the departures of Bill Tiedemann (OH) and Judy Norton (AZ). Members will have a chance to review the current gaps in representation and cast their ballot for these additional seats in late January.

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