PrEP and Local Health Departments Educational Series

Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP awareness and implementation. 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), a webinar, a discussion guide, and supporting resources and tools.

The Science of PrEP and the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for PrEP

Module 1 provides the foundational information for NACCHO’s educational series on PrEP for HIV prevention and the potential roles for local health departments in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention programs. The webcasts and resources in this module provide information on the science and research behind PrEP, who might benefit from PrEP, key messages and recommendations from the federal PrEP guidelines, and the role and potential for local public health as it relates to PrEP delivery.

Learning Objectives

  • Answer the question “What is PrEP?”
  • Identify who might benefit from PrEP in the United States
  • Explain the basic science behind PrEP
  • List potential roles for local health departments to play in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the data and research behind PrEP
  • Identify and describe the four key PrEP studies/clinical trials, as well as other ongoing and planned PrEP trials and demonstration projects
  • Explain the impact of adherence on PrEP efficacy
  • Explain the likelihood of side effects from daily PrEP
  • Describe the potential for ongoing risk and the importance of behavioral risk discussions
  • Explain the role and potential for local public health as it relates to PrEP delivery

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the key messages and recommendations included in the federal PrEP guidelines
  • List the tools and resources included in the clinical provider’s supplement to the guidelines
  • Explain the relevance of the guidelines for local health departments

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overarching understanding of Module 1 content
  • Gain insight into peer questions and concerns as explored through a question-and-answer session

Webinar Materials

Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Assessing Benefit at a Population and Individual Level

Local health departments play a key role in collecting, analyzing, and sharing data and information to support HIV prevention planning efforts, including assessments of who might benefit from PrEP. Module 2 provides information on data sources, tools, and strategies for conducting population-level assessments of who might benefit from PrEP, which will help inform local health departments about the potential role for PrEP in their community and guide efforts to incorporate PrEP into programmatic activities, and individual-level assessments, which can help initiate and inform conversations with patients, clients, and community members about PrEP as an HIV prevention method.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key data sources, factors, and tools to help you make population-level assessments about who might benefit from PrEP as part of comprehensive HIV prevention (i.e. how PrEP fits into your overall HIV prevention strategy);
  • Explain how to use and interpret HIV and other relevant data to develop epidemiologic profiles to inform HIV prevention plans and outline the potential benefit of PrEP within your jurisdiction; and
  • Identify mechanisms for disseminating and communicating HIV risk data to clinical and community partners.

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the value of employing a sexual health framework to engage in open, honest, and competent sexual health discussions
  • Identify key sexual health topics and biomedical and behavioral markers to inform individual-level assessments about whether or not someone might benefit from PrEP as an HIV prevention method
  • Identify risk assessment tools to support HIV prevention and PrEP discussions with clients and patients
  • List key questions from the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for PrEP to assess risk of HIV acquisition and recognize potential indicators for PrEP use

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overarching understanding of Module 2 content
  • Gain insight into peer questions and concerns as explored through a question-and-answer session

Webinar Materials

Examples and Models from Local Health Departments

Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP awareness and implementation, and many are asking themselves what they could or should be doing. One of the goals of NACCHO’s educational series is to explore, identify, and define the various roles that local health departments can play in supporting PrEP as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy. Module 3 highlights a number of potential roles and describes specific actions local health departments can take. It also provides real world examples of what local health departments are doing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the PrEP delivery cascade
  • Identify actions local health departments can take to support functions and steps along the cascade (i.e., educating and engaging providers and the community/patients)
  • List key messages about PrEP for community members, healthcare providers, and prevention practitioners
  • Identify existing resources and tools to support education and awareness raising efforts

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three different models for PrEP delivery/implementation by local health departments;
  • Describe models and activities for supporting PrEP implementation in your jurisdiction;Identify existing resources to support PrEP delivery and implementation; and
  • List actions to build the infrastructure for PrEP delivery and implementation as a component of comprehensive HIV prevention programs.

Webcast Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overarching understanding of Module 3 content
  • Gain insight into peer questions and concerns as explored through a question-and-answer session

Webinar Materials