Digest (July 19, 2023)

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HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction Digest

July 19, 2023

NACCHO News and Announcements

Smoking Supplies: The Local Public Health Perspective on an Emerging Harm Reduction Strategy Webinar


Monday, July 31st from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm ET

The distribution of smoking supplies has emerged as a promising harm reduction strategy to engage people who use drugs, reduce overdoses, and prevent infectious diseases. In March 2023, NACCHO conducted a survey to better understand the implementation of smoking supplies, including the impact and benefits, factors that support this work, and barriers that undermine it. Join NACCHO for a webinar on Monday, July 31st from 1 – 2:30 PM ET during which NACCHO will share the results of the survey and two organizations, The Phoenix Center and Public Health Madison Dane County, will share their experience with implementing smoking supplies. Register here and contact Kat Kelley ([email protected]) with any questions.

DIS Listserv Sign-Up

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NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis team recognizes the important contributions of Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to the HIV/STI workforce and would like to support and elevate their work. Over the next year, NACCHO plans to roll out a number of DIS-specific activities and encourages DIS to sign-up for our listserv to learn more!

Congenital Syphilis/Perinatal HIV Webinar in August

Over the last year, NACCHO has been collecting information on congenital syphilis prevention and control interventions from health departments across the United States, sharing the collected responses in a compendium. In collaboration with NASTAD and NCSD, the compendium is now expanding to include perinatal HIV prevention and control interventions. Preventing perinatal HIV and congenital syphilis are critical priorities for public health as both can be prevented with timely testing and treatment.

Please join NACCHO, NASTAD, and NCSD for a webinar on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 as we review the compendium and highlight programs across the country implementing policies and practices that interrupt congenital syphilis and perinatal HIV transmission. Register here!

HIV, STI, and Hepatitis Resources and News

Help Get the Word Out about Mpox!

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Leading public health expert, Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, provides the latest on mpox including who should get vaccinated, common symptoms, testing and treatment options, and more, in this FAQ video series from KFF’s Greater Than & CDC. Use this digital library to download messages for social media, websites, paid advertising, e-news and more. Register for a webinar on Tuesday, July 25 at 11am PT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET to learn more.

New Doxy as STI PEP Command Center and Implementation Toolkit

Visit the new Doxy as STI PEP Command Center, a growing hub for tools, templates, model policies, and an implementation toolkit to begin offering doxycycline as STI PEP to patients in your community. Visit Now.

CSTE FOA on Building STLT Capacity for Improving Data Collection for Disproportionately Affected Populations during Case Investigations of Reportable Diseases Funding Opportunity

This opportunity is open to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health agencies to participate in the development and piloting of an on-line training to improve data collection during interviews of patients with reportable diseases on three disproportionately affected populations (DAP): people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and people who use substances. Jurisdictions will participate in a workgroup that will provide input to the CSTE consultant working on the instructional design of this course, as well as have their case investigation/disease intervention specialist staff pilot and evaluate the on-line course prior to finalizing the training for posting on CSTE LEARN.

Awardees will be required to meet the following three deliverables:

  1. Workgroup Attendance: Jurisdictions will be required to identify two people to participate in monthly workgroup meetings to inform the consultants on the development of the training. At least one of these people should be someone who supervises case investigator/disease intervention specialist staff in their jurisdiction.
  2. Pilot and Provide Feedback on the On-Line Training: Jurisdictions will need to pilot the training created by the consultants and provide feedback on the course. Each jurisdiction should recruit case investigators/disease intervention specialists to pilot the draft on-line course.
  3. Plan to improve data collection on DAP variables: Jurisdictions will review their existing data collection processes for the 3 DAP populations of interest for at least 3 notifiable diseases and provide a plan/protocol to CSTE by the end of the project for improving data collection on these DAP variables and recommendations for sustaining these improvements.

CSTE intends to select multiple awardees and commit up to $72,000 per award. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, July 24 at 11:59 pm EDT.

The final version of the on-line training will be freely available on CSTE LEARN to any staff working at STLT public health agencies, including CSTE members and non-members.

Review the FOA for further details and application instructions. Direct questions to Maria Patselikos ([email protected]) or Nicola Marsden-Haug ([email protected]).

A Syndemic Approach to STD 340B Correctional Facility Partnerships

This new resource from NCSD and NASTAD outlines 340B eligibility and considerations for collaborative partnerships with correctional facilities to address viral hepatitis, HIV and STIs. Read more.

Adolescent Health Job Aids

Programs that consider the needs of young people are key to improving adolescent sexual health. School and health staff can advance health policies and practices with the right tools and resources, with young people in mind! NCSD is proud to share five new job aids to empower people with valuable information to build capacity. Job aids are guides that provide simple steps to achieve a goal.

  1. Youth Engagement – Interested in centering youth in your programs but not sure where to start? Check out 5 strategies to engage youth in meaningful and inclusive ways.
  2. Partnering with DIS – How can DIS support sexual health services in schools? Consider these 6 options that can enhance access to STI testing, treatment, and partner services.
  3. Tech and Sexual Health – Considering a telehealth model that is youth friendly? We put together a checklist to ensure that your virtual set-up is inclusive for young people.
  4. What Works in Outbreaks: Adolescent Health Edition – NCSD applied CDC DASH’s What Works in School framework to demonstrate how school and health staff can support sexual health-related outbreak response.
  5. Parental Rights and Adolescent Sexual Health – This guide unpacks parental rights policies and how they impact adolescent sexual health. Along with a snapshot of current bills that were introduced this year, you’ll find ways that you can educate lawmakers about the impact of parental rights legislation.

All these resources can also be found on NCSD’s website here.

Miss their latest webinar? Check out a recap of Referral Systems for Adolescent Sexual Health Services. Make sure to follow us on social media to see announcements of future webinars, training, and resources!

Upcoming Opportunities

“Solo Makes You Go Slow”: Local Partnerships Addressing Syphilis Among People Who Use Drugs

July 25th: 3 pm ET

The last session in a five-part webinar series on syphilis and drug user health, this webinar will highlight the role of local partners, including local health departments, community-based syringe services programs, and jails, in addressing syphilis among people who use drugs.
Register Here.

The Choice Agenda presents: Tales from Two Cities: HIV and STI research highlights from Brisbane and Chicago

Thursday, August 39:00 AM–10:30 AM ET
Convert to your time zone: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Register now: https://tinyurl.com/talesfromtwocities

TCA’s invited experts will share their highlights and reflections on the HIV and STI-related science presented at two major global health conferences. These conferences include IAS 2023 (https://www.iasociety.org/conferences/ias2023), taking place in Brisbane, Australia July 23 – 26 and the 2023 STI and HIV World Congress (https://stihiv2023.org/) happening in Chicago (United States) from July 24 – July 27.

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STI Rural Intensive Course

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Increase your knowledge regarding Sexually Transmitted Infections. This training is for providers that examine patients.

Register Here: Course is limited to 40 participants https://courses.nnptc.org/class_information.html?id=3728

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