HIV and STI Prevention
Local health departments play an important role in the prevention and control of HIV and other STIs. NACCHO's HIV and STI Prevention program works to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to prevent, control, and manage HIV and STIs in their community by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, facilitating peer information exchange, and providing learning opportunities. More »
In the Spotlight
Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP awareness and delivery. Achieving the full promise of PrEP will require coordination among many groups, including local and state health departments, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations. To help achieve this promise, NACCHO developed this educational series to (1) increase awareness and knowledge of the role of PrEP for HIV prevention and (2) explore the potential roles for local health departments in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention programs.
The educational series is geared towards local health department HIV and STD program managers and staff; however it is intended that the series will also be a useful resource for healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and other key partners in HIV prevention. The educational series is organized into three modules, each consisting of webcasts (pre-recorded lectures), an archived webinar, a discussion guide, and supporting resources and tools.
NACCHO’s educational series about PrEP and comprehensive HIV prevention is supported by funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc. More »
NACCHO encourages interested local health department staff to apply to serve on an ad hoc workgroup providing guidance to a project focused on supporting and advancing the local health department role in HCV testing and linkage to care. The project aims to increase local health department knowledge, skills, and abilities related to improving HCV testing and linkage to care in their communities. NACCHO will develop educational resources and tools, including a customizable public health detailing kit. This workgroup will primarily be responsible for guiding and supporting the development of the HCV detailing kit. Applications are due June 30, and this project is expected to end on December 31, 2015; however, NACCHO intends to maintain the workgroup beyond this time for those interested in continuing to stay involved in these efforts. For questions, contact Hilary McQuie, Senior Program Analyst, HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis at firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Community Outbreak of HIV Infection in Indiana
Scott County, in southeastern Indiana, continues to respond to an outbreak of HIV cases that was first noted by a disease intervention specialist in December 2014. The rise in cases has been tied primarily to the shared use of equipment used to inject Opana, a prescription painkiller that has been associated with rapidly rising levels of opioid addiction in the region. Eighty-five percent of the patients newly diagnosed with HIV also have hepatitis C virus (HCV). In March, Governor Mike Pence declared a public health emergency and in early May, he approved a bill that allows local health officials across the state the ability to create syringe exchange programs if they are experiencing a disease outbreak tied to injection drug use. For the latest case counts and updates, please visit the Indiana State Health Department's website, and view a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for more information. View NACCHO's HIV resources and new Local Health Departments and Hepatitis C educational series to assist your local health department with planning for HIV and HCV programs.
Research Brief on Local Health Department Experiences Implementing High-Impact HIV Prevention
In summer 2013, NACCHO fielded a query to the HIV/STI Prevention Sentinel Network that assessed local health departments' (LHDs) experiences implementing CDC's High Impact HIV Prevention (HIP) approach to reducing new HIV infections. The purpose of this query was to (1) assess LHDs' awareness of HIP; (2) better understand whether and how LHDs have changed their HIV prevention activities in response to HIP; and (3) identify technical assistance/training opportunities to better support LHDs' implementation of HIP in their communities. Click here to access the research brief.