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NASTAD News, March 2012
Digest: The Month In Review
Program News
Across Programs
Health Equity
Prevention
Member and Staff Updates
Digest: The Month In Review
February ADAP Waiting List Compilation
NASTAD 2012 Work Groups and Committees
Update – PS 12-1201 Funding Analysis
Update – PS 12-1201 Category C Awards
Update – President's FY2013 Budget Request
Update – Viral Hepatitis Testing
HIV Surveillance FOA Update
Update – CDC DHAP Program Evaluation Branch Activities
Response Requested – NASTAD Survey on Reinstatement of Federal Ban on Syringe Exchange
Release of Modules Two and Three of the National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report
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Program News

Across Programs

AIDS 2012 Conference Hubs

The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) is taking place July 22-27 in Washington, D.C. In light of fiscal challenges and travel restrictions faced by many health departments, NASTAD conducted a webinar that highlighted opportunities for health departments and local partners to engage with the conference as conference hubs. Conference hubs are "mini conferences" where selected sessions of the conference can be screened and followed through a moderated local discussion about the content and its use for strengthening the local response. Applications open for conference hubs on March 14. For more information contact Francisco Ruiz.

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Health Equity

NASTAD Minority Leadership Program

NASTAD launched year two of the Minority Leadership Program (MLP) in February with a face-to-face meeting in Washington, D.C. The second cohort of eleven participants engaged peer mentors from year one, as well as NASTAD staff and faculty in discussions and presentations from industry experts and leading public health officials, including Julie Scofield (NASTAD), Humberto Cruz (NY) and Carmi Washington-Flood (MD). NASTAD staff promised Cohort Two a challenging and rewarding year and noted enhancements to the program based on a comprehensive evaluation of MLP Cohort One (see Building Health Department Capacity through Workforce Development). For more information contact Michelle Batchelor.

Observance Day Opportunities

March 10 is National Women and Girls Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), March 4-10 is the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS and March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). These observances offer an excellent opportunity for targeted activities that encourage coordination and collaboration to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS and promote mobilization, education and HIV testing. NASTAD staff participate in planning processes for these events, with resources accessible on the event pages, as well as through www.AIDS.gov, the Office on Women's Health (OWH) and Greater than AIDS. Health departments are encouraged to share information about your events with NASTAD. For more information contact Michelle Batchelor.

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Prevention

PS 12-1201 Peer TA Exchanges

To help health departments implement PS12-1201 Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments, NASTAD is organizing a series of in-person, peer-focused and customized exchanges between health department delegations throughout 2012. NASTAD is coordinating these one to two day visits between one or more health departments to share best practices and strategies to overcome challenges as well as to support bi-directional peer-based technical assistance on the priority areas of the new HIV prevention cooperative agreement. NASTAD will cover all meeting and travel-related expenses. For more information contact Jillian Casey.

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Member and Staff Updates

In Member news, John Kennedy from Delaware announced his retirement at the beginning of April and Sandra Springer announced she is leaving the Kansas HIV/AIDS program in March for the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County.

In February, Isaiah Webster came on board as a prevention manager working on NASTAD's youth and gay men's portfolios. Prior to NASTAD, Isaiah served as an HIV prevention program manager and provided training and capacity building assistance to organizations, coalitions and health departments.

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