NACCHO's HIV and STI Prevention program works to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to prevent, control, and manage HIV and STIs by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, facilitating peer exchange, and providing learning opportunities. Additionally, NACCHO advocates for progressive HIV and STI-related polices and adequate resources to sustain and enhance HIV and STI prevention, control, care, and research.
HIV/STI Prevention Workgroup
Key functions of the workgroup are to:
HIV/AIDS Prevention Policy Initiative
STD Prevention and LHD Capacity Project
Adolescent HIV, other STIs, and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
NACCHO worked with the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) to assess and evaluate the feasibility of a national standardized certification program for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). DIS are public health workers who locate and counsel individuals with sexually transmitted diseases and perform anonymous partner notification for their contacts and associates at risk for infection. They are a flexible workforce with a vital set of skills that can also be utilized during public health emergencies. NACCHO, advised by the input of field staff and collaborative partner agencies, defined DIS professional capabilities, explored the current landscape of available trainings for DIS, and provided recommendations for the creation of a national certification program for DIS.
Project Connect Health Systems Intervention Adaptation for Black and Latino YMSM
NACCHO worked with CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) and the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab) at the University of Michigan to adapt the Project Connect Health Systems Intervention to meet the sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHC) needs of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), specifically black and Latino YMSM. The project aimed to increase YMSM linkage to culturally-competent community providers and increase YMSM HIV/STD risk awareness and motivation to test through the development of a web-based provider referral guide and a companion online intervention. Researchers at the SexLab conducted an environmental scan of the local healthcare infrastructure in Southeast Michigan (SE MI), identified key providers, and developed evaluation criteria to rate these providers’ cultural competency when working with YMSM. Criteria development was also informed by a literature review of LGBTQ individual’s views on what makes for a good HIV/STI testing experience. Development of the provider referral guide and companion intervention was informed by results from the environmental scan and literature review, as well as input from a Youth Advisory Board composed of eight YMSM from SE MI and a Community Advisory Board comprised of community organization and health department employees who work with YMSM and/or refer the target population to HIV/STI service provides. Researchers also conducted a feasibility and acceptability pilot trial to examine preliminary efficacy of the intervention.