Southern Capacity Building Workshop Series

Southern Capacity Building Workshop Series


As part of its Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) project, NASTAD is pleased to announce six technical assistance workshops for health departments (HDs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in the southern United States. The South is defined as the following jurisdictions: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

There is no registration fee to attend these workshops, though each event does have a registration deadline. While NASTAD cannot support travel assistance to these workshops, the organization has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the governmental per diem rate at each location. Please note that workshops may have differing registration and hotel block deadlines.

PrEP Financing & Coverage

Date: October 7 - 8, 2019
Location: Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, Tallahassee, Florida
Audience: HDs and CBOs

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This workshop will explore the principal financing mechanisms through which health departments, community-based organizations, and health care providers are implementing PrEP programs. By convening a small group of national experts, NASTAD will present focused discussions on how PrEP programs have used the 340B Drug Pricing Program to facilitate PrEP access for the uninsured and underinsured. The workshop will also discuss financing options for new delivery models, such as pharmacist-delivered PrEP and TelePrEP programs, and policy changes impacting the financing landscape for PrEP.

Contact for additional information: Edwin Corbin-Gutierrez

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Transforming our HIV and Hepatitis Workforce to End the Epidemics

Date: October 24 - 25, 2019
Location: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Audience: HDs and CBOs

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This workshop will help HIV and hepatitis professionals manage negative workforce factors such as staff retirements, understaffing, burnout, and a lack of training and professional development opportunities. NASTAD will dissect these critical issues by creating a safe space to allow authentic conservations and open dialogue for health departments and community-based organizations addressing HIV and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) prevention. Attendees will be encouraged to hone their leadership strengths and identify opportunities for growth and professional mentorship. This workshop will also discuss:

  • Prioritizing self-care to prevent burnout;
  • Fostering a health leadership pipeline;
  • Developing efficient time management practices; and
  • Leveraging opportunities for peer-to-peer dialogue.

Contact for additional information: Jennifer Flannagan

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HIV Cluster Response

Date: November 13 - 14, 2019
Location: Omni Atlanta Hotel @ CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Audience: HDs

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This workshop will create a forum to:

  • Discuss key cluster detection and response challenges, innovations, and lessons learned from peers;
  • Build capacity to plan and respond to HIV clusters/outbreaks within the context of stigma reduction and cultural responsiveness; and
  • Identify opportunities within their jurisdiction to enhance health department cluster response readiness.

This workshop is designed for an audience of health department staff and is open to a maximum of two participants per jurisdiction. To best address the integrated nature of HIV cluster response activities, NASTAD recommends sending representatives from the key programs within the health department leading the planning and implementation of routine cluster response activities. Depending on the structure of the health department and their cluster response programming, this may include sending a combination the surveillance coordinator, prevention program director, or the partner services/DIS program manager, as appropriate. Please review the agenda closely and coordinate with your colleagues to determine which programmatic staff should be prioritized to attend. If additional spaces are available after the registration closing date, a waitlist will be available for health departments that want to send more than two staff members.

Contact for additional information: Erin Bascom

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Register here (opens on September 3, 2019)

Using Social Marketing and Social Media for Integrated HIV Planning

Date: January 16 - 17, 2020
Location: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Audience: HDs and CBOs

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This workshop is designed to help participants better understand health communication concepts and strategic planning for social marketing. The session will also explore innovative ways to achieve community engagement for integrated HIV planning, and help participants identify peers and best practices across the southern region related to marketing and integrated planning.

Contact for additional information: Kristina Santana

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Registration to be announced

Condom Distribution in 2020 and Beyond – New Strategies and Tools

Date: February 4 - 5, 2020
Location: Venue TBD, Nashville, Tennessee
Audience: HDs and CBOs

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This workshop will highlight the importance of effective planning for condom distribution programs in response to HIV infection. NASTAD will center discussions around:

  • Ending the HIV epidemic and reducing the transmission of STDs;
  • Conceptualizing of availability, accessibility, and acceptability for condom distribution interventions to be effective;
  • Understanding fundamental principles of health equity and the need to prioritize populations and geographic areas for condom distribution; and
  • Leveraging action plans to implement condom distribution programs across individual, community, and structural organizational levels.

Contact for additional information: Andrew Zapfel

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Registration to be announced

Lessons Learned: Advancing Drug User Health and Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)

Date: March 10-11, 2020
Location: Venue TBD, Charleston, South Carolina
Audience: HDs and CBOs

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In this workshop, participants can expect to understand SSP and drug user health needs for health departments and community-based organizations in the southern Unites States. The session will also help participants comprehend the public health principles and the latest science in addressing the HIV needs of people who inject drugs. Finally, participants will learn best practices from the field related to integrating SSPs into HIV programs.

Contact for additional information: Laura Pegram

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Registration To Be Announced