Digest (December 6, 2023)

Dec 07, 2023

HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction Digest

December 6, 2023

NACCHO News and Announcements


DIS Subcommittee Recruitment

Are you a disease intervention specialist (DIS) and interested in the opportunity to work with your national DIS colleagues? If so, join NACCHO’s DIS Subcommittee! This group was recently established under NACCHO’s Subject Matter Expert Workgroup- the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup (HSHW) and provides local DIS with the opportunity to frame NACCHO’s DIS work. Through this subcommittee, NACCHO aims to elevate and support the work of DIS through information and resource sharing, as well as peer engagement. This is an excellent opportunity for DIS to bring valuable perspectives and insight from a field that only your workforce knows best! If interested in this opportunity, please complete the interest form here by the deadline (1/5/24). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to STI Senior Program Analyst, Daisha Washington.


Congenital Syphilis Community of Practice

Join NACCHO’s Congenital Syphilis (CS) Community of Practice (CoP)! Through this opportunity, local health department staff can engage in collaborative learning and knowledge-sharing activities that enhance their capacity to implement or scale-up interventions to address CS and syphilis among individuals of child-bearing capacity. The CoP is scheduled to resume in February 2024 and is open to any health department staff with interest in working to address congenital syphilis in their community. If interested and to learn more about the CS CoP, visit here. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to STI Senior Program Analyst, Sonia Almonte.


HIV Marketing Webinar: Office Hours

Continuing the conversation following our HIV Marketing webinar session, we’d like to invite local health departments to discuss their own HIV focused marketing campaigns, as well as communications efforts during a special office hours session. The objective is to create a space for peer-to-peer learning and networking. If you’re interested in sharing or learning about other HIV marketing and communications efforts across the country, please join us on December 14th at 1pm EST! If interested, please register here.


Sexual Health Services in Jails Webinar

Wondering how STIs are being addressed in jail settings? If so, join NACCHO for its “Sexual Health Services in Jails” webinar session on Wednesday, January 10th at 2pm EST as we discuss several jail projects across the country, including Yuba County Health and Human Services, Northern Nevada Public Health, and Orange County Corrections/Health Services Department. During the webinar, we will discuss how these jail projects have been implemented, key staff involved, as well as lessons learned/best practices. If interested, register here.


NACCHO and KFF Social Impact Media Survey- Deadline Extended

We’ve extended the survey deadline until December 18, 2023!!!

Attention all health department friends and colleagues in the East, North, and South parts of the country!

We are interested in hearing more about your marketing and communications efforts. NACCHO and KFF are interested in understanding how health departments are currently leading with marketing and communications work and what health departments are interested in learning more about to help better inform their communications efforts. Please have a team member who is familiar with your digital communications respond to this short survey! https://bit.ly/NACCHOandKFFSurvey


NACCHO’s World AIDS Day 2023 Newsletter

December 1st was World AIDS Day, and to commemorate the incredible amount of work we’ve done since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, NACCHO has gathered and disseminated several resources that might peak your interest. To check out the full newsletter, click here.


HIV, STI, Hepatitis, & Harm Reduction Resources and News


New Certification Program in PrEP Navigation

NACCHO encourages local health departments to share this opportunity with providers, health educators, and other community members in your service networks! With the aim of elevating and expanding PrEP navigation services nationwide, HealthHIV announces the launch of the HealthHIV HIV PrEP Navigation Certification (HIVPNC) Program, the only certification program offered to providers and allied health professionals focused on preparing providers to guide community members in their use of PrEP over time. HIVPNC is designed to support and empower both clinical and non-clinical providers in providing inclusive, affirming PrEP navigation services backed by current data and clinical best practices.


STI Engage 2024: Call for Abstracts

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is seeking abstract proposals for oral presentations, panel, workshop and poster presentations for STI Engage 2024: Shaping the Nation’s Health, being held June 2-5, 2024, in Washington, D.C. STI Engage 2024 is an opportunity for you to share your expertise and to highlight the resilience, innovation, and service to the community embodied by the program staff, clinicians, researchers, advocates, DIS, policymakers, and other professionals leading the way to end the epidemic of STIs in the U.S.

We invite you to learn more about presentation opportunities and to submit your abstract online. Abstracts are due Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

If you have any questions, contact [email protected].


News to Note


Syphilis in Newborns Signals Bigger Problems in US Health System – National Journal

Cluster of Ocular Syphilis Cases with a Common Sex Partner – CDC’s MMWR

Let us lead: Community Leadership in the AIDS Response is its Fundamental Pillar for Success – JIAS


Upcoming Opportunities


Quarterly NIPS Webinar: Paid Media and Dating Apps for Prevention and Disease Intervention

December 12th

NCSD invites you to join us for our Quarterly NIPS Webinar on Paid Media and Dating Apps for Prevention and Disease Intervention. We’ll be hearing from Luke Anemone (He/Him/His), CEO at Commando, LLC., an LGBTQ+ advertising agency that features messaging on dating apps including Grindr, SCRUFF, Growlr, and more on programmatic considerations when developing and implementing paid media on apps. We’ll also hear from Amber McArthur, Disease Intervention Training Coordinator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on implementing policies and procedures for DIS teams using online avenues for case investigation.
Register here.


Ending the Syndemic: Harm Reduction, PrEP and PEP: Preventing HIV

February 27th

Staff serving American Indian & Alaska Native people are invited to participate in the “Ending the Syndemic: Harm Reduction, PrEP and PEP: Preventing HIV” virtual training. This 2.5-hour virtual training program is designed to aid clinicians in effectively integrating Harm Reduction, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) services in Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Indian clinics to prevent HIV.
Register here.


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