2017 Annual Meeting: Unite to End the Epidemics

May 21st, 2017 to May 24th, 2017

NASTAD's 2017 Annual Meeting hosted directors of governmental public health HIV and hepatitis programs, national partners, and public health officials to share their expertise and ultimately prevent infections, strengthen care and reduce disparities. For the first time, local jurisdictions receiving direct funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined the meeting as NASTAD members. The meeting allowed for in-person collaboration between NASTAD members and program personnel planning and implementing HIV prevention and care programs. The four-day conference included oral and panel presentations, as well as plenary sessions and roundtables. Slides from the presentations can be downloaded below.

Plenary Presentations

Charting Our Progress Toward Ending the Epidemics: This session focuses on how health departments are working with non-traditional partners (including, Medicaid, departments of insurance, health care systems, and housing programs) outside of the traditional public health space to end new HIV infections in their jurisdiction.

Moderator: Melanie Mattson, Colorado
Panelists: Claudia Catastini, Washington (slides); Marlene McNeese, Houston (slides); John Sapero, Arizona (slides)

Data to Care: An International Approach to Improving Health Outcomes: This session highlights the data to care work of the Haitian Ministry of Health, describing approaches to establishing an HIV case surveillance system in a resource-constrained setting, and use of resulting data for game-changing linkage and retention to care interventions.

Moderator: Lucy Slater, NASTAD
Panelists: Dr. Ermane Robin, Haitian Ministry of Health; Jude Eddy Louis and Dr. Daniella Myriam Pierre, NASTAD Haiti; Mark Griswold, NASTAD (slides)

The Road to Hepatitis Elimination: This session highlights the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report: “A National Plan to Eliminate Hepatitis B and C,” and what it means for health departments in their efforts to effectively respond to the epidemics and eventually eliminate new infections. Presentations will also include an update from the Department of Health and Human Services on what the elimination plan means for federal efforts, and a community perspective on the importance of engaging populations most impacted by hepatitis in local, state, and federal efforts to eliminate hepatitis.

Moderator: Randy Mayer, Iowa (slides)
Panelists: Corinna Dan, HHS/OHAIDP; Dan Church, Massachusetts (slides); Donald Davis, Kentucky

A Call to Action: Passing the Gavel and Chair’s Challenge

Moderator: Murray Penner, NASTAD
Speakers: DeAnn Gruber, Louisiana, and Shanell McGoy, Tennessee (slides)

Breakout Sessions

Ending the Epidemics: Competencies to Support Domestic & Global Programming: Core competencies represent the foundation for streamlined systems that support the HIV Continuum and increase viral suppression. This session explores how health departments can implement core competencies for prevention and care. (slides)

Financial Forecasting: Funding HIV Prevention & Care Programs: This session reflects on challenges and successes of implementing PS12-1201 and the simultaneous increase in Ryan White Part B program and ADAP funding (rebate dollars).


Speakers: Richard Aleshire, Washington (slides); Diana Jordan, Virginia (slides); Randy Mayer, Iowa (slides)  


Leveraging Health Systems to Expand Access to PrEP: This session provides an overview of NASTAD’s resources to support health departments in establishing PrEP services through Community Health Centers, Ryan White Providers, and STD clinics. The session also previews NASTAD’s PrEP Cost-Estimation and Provider Locator tool for the 2018 insurance plan year. States will hear from jurisdictions that have used these models and will be able to share their own experiences and challenges with creating PrEP access programs. (slides)

Health Systems/Data Integration: In a changing healthcare landscape, health departments are exploring the use of health systems data to improve HIV health outcomes, monitor PrEP uptake, and assess hepatitis C (HCV) screening and treatment utilization. Medicaid claims data, All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs), and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are useful tools in helping health departments modernize their programs. (slides)

Meeting in the Middle: HIV and STD Service Integration: This session discusses the development of an integrated HIV and STD workforce at the international, as well as state and local level to increase partner services as a key strategy and tool to reach more people with undiagnosed HIV and hepatitis infection and ultimately link a greater number of PLHIV to HIV care. (slides)

NASTAD’s Global Program: This session provides an overview of the priorities, structure, and activities of the NASTAD Global Program, as well as guidance and tips on becoming a successful Global Program Technical Assistance provider. (slides)