Tuesday Mar. 21
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET || 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CT || 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MT || 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. PT
The discovery of over 200 new HIV diagnoses in Indiana’s small, rural Scott County over the course of 2015 was a major wake up call for many about the dangers of ignoring the HIV prevention needs of people who inject drugs. The massive number of new cases in Scott County coupled with the ongoing epidemic of injection drug use in rural America significantly changed the political landscape around HIV prevention in the past few years, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify 220 other counties that could be vulnerable to similar HIV “outbreaks.”
The situation in Scott County led to substantive policy change in December of 2015 when the Republican-led Congress quietly reversed their stance on a federal ban barring funding from being spent on syringe access programs (SAPs) – a change that had long been sought by HIV prevention advocates. How do we holistically address the needs of these communities beyond SAPs? How do we best involve affected communities within these responses?
Join Treatment Action Group, Harm Reduction Coalition, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and Project Cultivate for a webinar that will consult with some local and state leaders in the response to the situation in southern Indiana, and discuss with Harm Reduction Coalition how best to implement a comprehensive and community-led response to HIV, Hepatitis C, and injection drug use in rural America.
HIV Prevention Research and Policy Coordinator, Treatment Action Group
Dr. Carrie Ann Lawrence
Assistant Researcher, Indiana School of Public Health – Bloomington
Project Director, Project Cultivate
Director of Public Policy & Engagement
Indiana Minority Health Coalition
Deputy Director of Planning and Policy
Harm Reduction Coalition
NASTAD is pleased to announce the launch of the Hepatitis Testing Partnership and Learning Collaborative. This work is supported by a five-year cooperative agreement with CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis and will leverage partnerships to increase the number of people living with hepatitis C who are identified and linked to care.
The Hepatitis Testing Partnership is a coalition of key stakeholders including governmental public health, community based organizations, health systems, primary care providers, community health centers, substance use and mental health service providers, advocates, and patients who will come together for quarterly conference calls to share strategies, best practices, lessons learned, and materials developed to accelerate implementation of the CDC testing recommendations in jurisdictions across the country. The group will also communicate through an active listserv. You will be added to the Hepatitis Testing Partnership google group once you have joined. You can join by completing this form. We encourage you to participate in this coalition and to invite stakeholders in your community.
NASTAD will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 7 at 1:00 PM EST to kick off the Hepatitis Testing Partnership. This webinar will provide an overview of NASTAD’s cooperative agreement, CDC HCV testing recommendations and the CDC Know More Hepatitis Campaign, and Hepatitis Testing Day activities.
Participants must pre-register to participate in this webinar using the following link: https://nastad.zoom.us/webinar/register/90d9c3e3a8b8922134538d7d4481ef37. Once you have successfully pre-registered, you will receive call-in and log-in information.
NASTAD will also facilitate a Learning Collaborative that will provide capacity building assistance to targeted states. This group of approximately eight health departments and their partners will receive intensive TA to help them expand HCV testing to key populations. These jurisdictions will also share best practices and lessons learned with the broader national coalition. The Learning Collaborative will launch this Spring.
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