Digest (January 4, 2023)

Jan 04, 2023

HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis and Harm Reduction Digest

January 4, 2023


NACCHO News and Announcements


Congenital Syphilis Community of Practice (CoP) Interest Form

Are you working to address congenital syphilis in your community? Do you want to hear from peers about how they are tackling the challenge and share how you are approaching it in your community?

If so, we encourage you to participate in NACCHO’s 2023 Congenital Syphilis Community of Practice (CoP).

The CoP will meet every other month to discuss some of the following topics as well as having an active online message board for conversation and sharing.

  • Engaging with communities through outreach and partnership building
  • Facilitating effective communication with community members
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of marketing campaigns for CS/syphilis prevention
  • Expanding screening and testing efforts in emergency departments
  • Assessing the successes and challenges of using rapid testing products
  • Implementing field-based testing and treatment for syphilis cases.

If you are interested, please complete the short interest form by Friday, January 13th. Please also share the form with your networks as we are open to having additional folks join us!

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Daisha Washington, Program Analyst, at [email protected].


Strengthening COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Strategies among Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant (RIM) Communities RFA

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity. To ensure the success of COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies and to address inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality experienced by RIM communities, local health departments (LHDs) need strong and sustained community partnerships, experienced human resources, cross-program infrastructure to support logistics for testing and vaccine delivery at scale, and planning, evaluation, and financial management capacity. This funding opportunity will support LHDs to strengthen partnerships with RIM communities in their jurisdictions and to collaboratively design, implement, and evaluate innovative and sustainable approaches to prevention of COVID 19 and other vaccine preventable diseases.

The goals of this project are to improve COVID-19 prevention, contact tracing and mitigation among RIM populations, reduce inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in funded jurisdictions, implement and disseminate models and best practices for prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 that are sustainable and have potential to address other communicable diseases among RIM populations in the future, and implement sustainable approaches for community engagement and strengthening partnerships between LHDs and RIM populations and adapting public health strategies for RIM populations.

NACCHO will issue contracts of up to $140,000 to 18 LHD and CBO sites that have existing collaborations between LHDs and RIM serving organizations developed to address COVID 19.

Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET to [email protected] and selections will occur on or around February 24, 2023. The project period will last 12 months upon execution of the contract. All necessary information regarding the project and application process is outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA) attached below.


Strengthening Local Public Health among Afghan Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant (RIM) Communities RFA

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity. This funding opportunity will build capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to effectively collaborate with Afghan refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities and community-based organizations for improved Afghan community public health.

This opportunity aims to build and sustain Afghan community engagement and community health planning structures, support Afghan community health assessment processes, focusing on community needs for sustainable approaches to address priority public health needs, including vaccine hesitancy, and health education, and support development of referral and linkage systems to Afghan friendly community health education, and health and social services.

This project also seeks to build capacity of LHDs to effectively collaborate with Afghan refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities and community-based organizations for improved Afghan community public health.

NACCHO will issue contracts of up to $140,000 to up to five sites Under Tier One that have existing collaborations between LHDs and RIM serving community-based organizations, including Afghan- refugee serving community- based organization(s) developed to address emerging infectious disease, including COVID-19, and up to $200,000 per site to up to four LHDs under Tier Two to implement activities to support jurisdictions with large or growing populations of Afghan refugees.

Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET to [email protected] and selections will occur on or around February 24, 2023. All necessary information regarding the project and application process is outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA) attached below.


2023 Preparedness Summit Registration is Officially Open

Registration for the 2023 Preparedness Summit, to be held April 24–27, 2023 in Atlanta, is officially open! Don’t miss your chance to join more than 2,000 attendees to share best practices, build partnerships, advance your skillset, and take away innovative solutions and practical strategies to address the vulnerabilities in our nation’s health security system. Take advantage of early-bird rates—register today!

Take Advantage of Early-Bird Rates for the 2023 Preparedness Summit
Early-bird registration for the 2023 Preparedness Summit is now open and there are a range of registration types available—including virtual—to meet your specific needs. The 2023 Preparedness Summit, Recover. Renew: Reprioritizing All-Hazards Preparedness, will provide an opportunity to revisit pressing issues in preparedness and share resources, shape policies, and build skills to mitigate a variety of threats. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to recover and renew as we reprioritize all-hazards preparedness. Learn more and register at https://www.preparednesssummit.org/.


HIV, STI, and Hepatitis Resources and News


Corporation for Supportive Housing, in partnership with Collaborative Solutions, is requesting proposals

Sites who receive Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) funding can now apply for a HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) project titled Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) service providers for a Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS) project titled Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions. It includes funding for up to 10 implementation sites that will implement and adapt housing-related intervention strategies for three priority populations of people with HIV experiencing unstable housing.

The purpose of the SURE Housing initiative is to implement and adapt housing-related intervention strategies for three priority populations of people with HIV experiencing unstable housing, who often have the highest HIV-related disparities:

1) people how identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+);

2) youth and young adults (aged 18-24); and

3) people who have been justice-involved (defined as any person who is engaged at any point along the continuum of the criminal justice system as a defendant including arrest, incarceration, and community supervision).

The goal of this initiative is to promote the replication of effective housing interventions in the RWHAP to decrease health and housing disparities and improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum.  This initiative will engage and retain people with HIV experiencing unstable housing in HIV medical care and support services by addressing their housing and behavioral health needs, as needed.

Serving as the Implementation and Technical Assistance Provider, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), in partnership with Collaborative Solutions, Inc (CSI), will select, issue, and monitor sub-awards of up to $250,000 per funding year for up to ten implementation sites. Sites will be funded from May 1, 2023 – July 31, 2026. CSH and CSI will provide the sites with technical assistance (TA) for implementing and adapting these interventions.

The implementation sites will also participate in a multi-site evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the interventions’ implementation and adaptation. The implementation of housing-related interventions at each site will be evaluated by the Evaluation Provider comprised of Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Additional information can be found at Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions in the RWHAP and the Request for Proposals.

Current RWHAP service providers are eligible to apply. Applications are due no later than 11:59pm ET on February 15, 2023. To learn more about this opportunity register here for a live webinar taking place on January 10, 2023 at 3PM Eastern.

Contact information – [email protected]


National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers STI/HIV Interview Series

Introducing the new STI/HIV Interview Series! The National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NNDITC) is now offering learning collaboratives on successful interviewing techniques for the collection of critical information from people diagnosed with STI/HIV. Learn more & register for the STI/HIV Interview Series here: https://nationalditc.org/training/learning-collaboratives/.


News to Note


Clinicians Address the Resurgence of Syphilis in the United States


Upcoming Opportunities


NCSD DIS Mini-Conference

By DIS and for DIS, this day-long free virtual conference hosted by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) will highlight the important work DIS are doing across the country and provide learning and networking opportunities for both new and experienced DIS. Register Here.


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