Previous Challenges

Read more about previous Chair's Challenges below.

2018 - 2019: Achieving Health Equity to End the Epidemics

During her 2018-2019 term, Jacquelyn Clymore of North Carolina announced her Challenge, Achieving Health Equity to End the Epidemics. Under this Challenge, NASTAD released a new toolkit, Talking Points: The Resource Guide for Facilitating Stigma Conversations, and hosted a stigma summit at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference. In addition, NASTAD doubled the size of the 2018 Minority Leadership Program (MLP) cohort to 24 participants and established the goal to continue increasing the cohort so that by 2022, 180 individuals will have participated in MLP.

2017 - 2018: Unite to End the Epidemics

During her 2017 - 2018 term as Chair, Shanell McGoy of Tennessee announced her Challenge would be called Unite To End The Epidemics. Some of her achievements included implementing supplemental membership dues for the Minority Leadership Program (MLP) and other mission-driven, health equity activities; continuing the collection of Success Stories; and strengthening key partnerships in continuing the goal to end the epidemics.

2016 - 2017: Ready to End the HIV and Viral Hepatitis Epidemics

During her 2016 - 2017 term as Chair, DeAnn Gruber of Louisiana announced her Challenge, Ready to End the HIV and Viral Hepatitis Epidemics, that called on U.S. health departments to accelerate progress towards a future free from HIV and hepatitis. Her challenge stressed the importance of innovation, vision, and commitment to strengthening programs to prevent new infections and better meet the needs of people living with and at risk for infection. DeAnn also oversaw the addition of the local jurisdictions directly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the NASTAD membership, a first in the organization’s history. In addition, the Core Competencies Index provided an examination for health departments to end the HIV epidemic.