Digest (October 25, 2023)

Oct 25, 2023

HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction Digest

October 25, 2023

NACCHO News and Announcements


NACCHO Releases New Funding Opportunity to Build Capacity in Harm Reduction Communication

Are you looking for ways to enhance communication and marketing of your harm reduction services, or wanting to increase support for these programs in your communities? In partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), NACCHO is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to support local communication needs assessments and tailored communication capacity building and technical assistance through June 2024 for up to eight (8) local harm reduction programs and syringe services programs (LHRPs/SSPs). ORAU will provide selected programs with a stipend of $10,000 to use in developing and executing a tailored communication plan. Your participation in the program will also help inform a toolkit that can be used nationally to improve harm reduction communication for a range of priority audiences. Click here to review the full announcement and application. All applications must be submitted no later than November 2, 2023. Please send all questions about the opportunity to [email protected]. Interested parties should attend the Office Hour on October 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET. Zoom invite link: NACCHO/ORAU Office Hour and/or review the FAQ document produced after the office hour is held.


NACCHO’s Letter to the White House Drug Shortage Task Force

On October 16, 2023, NACCHO urged the White House Drug Shortage Task Force to take up the penicillin G benzathine (Bicillin L-A) shortage as a primary concern and work to ensure adequate supply in the United States. Read the entire letter here.


HIV/STI/Harm Reduction/RIM Digital Marketing & Communications Survey

As NACCHO and KFF kick off their joint partnership to highlight marketing and communications efforts across the country, both organizations are interested in understanding how health departments are currently leading with this work and what they would like to learn more about to help better inform their digital marketing and communications efforts. The completion of this survey will help to shape the webinar series, as well as additional efforts in the future. Please have a team member who is familiar with your digital communications provide responses to this short query to share information about your experiences. We appreciate your time and consideration in providing this information. For information or questions about the survey, don’t hesitate to reach out to Daisha Washington ([email protected]), Senior Program Analyst, STIs.


HIV, STI & Hepatitis Resources and News


NEW videos on HIV, Women & More with Dr. Charlene Flash!

What women need to know about PrEP, having a baby when living with HIV and more! Houston-based infectious disease specialist, Charlene Flash, MD, MPH, talks all things HIV with a focus on women in this explainer video series from KFF’s Greater Than HIV and CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together. This rights-free content is designed to be shared on digital and social media. KFF can also assist with paid media planning at all budget levels. To view and download the videos and other graphics, visit the Greater Than HIV digital library. You can also share directly from the Greater Than HIV YouTube channel.

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NASTAD Release: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and Other HIV Prevention Strategies: Billing and Coding Guide

NASTAD is pleased to release the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and Other HIV Prevention Strategies: Billing and Coding Guide. The goal of this guide is to provide up-to-date information and best practices for coding, billing, and denial resolution for PrEP and PEP services. Health department staff are encouraged to share this resource with grantees, community partners, and other healthcare providers billing for HIV prevention services. NASTAD developed this guide with funding from CDC PS19-1906 Component A.

Access Billing and Coding Guide for HIV Prevention Here.


NASTAD TelePrEP Office Hours

NASTAD’s next telePrEP office hour is Wednesday, October 25, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. This space is for jurisdictions and organizations to discuss telePrEP implementation with your peers. This month’s call will feature Caroline Peucker, a billing a coding expert and primary author of NASTAD’s updated billing and coding guide. Caroline will be there to answer billing questions centered around telePrEP. As a reminder, NASTAD’s TelePrEP Online Learning Series consists of self-paced modules on many different aspects of telePrEP, including telePrEP financing, 340B, lab contracts and self-testing, different delivery models, and more. To learn more about the TelePrEP Online Learning Series and get started on modules, click here: https://telepreponlinelearningseries.thinkific.com/

We look forward to this month’s conversation.

Register for October 25’s office hour here.



Upcoming Opportunities


Boo, Syphilis is Really Back!

Public health already knows that this “ghost of the past” is back but invite all your favorite providers to learn more about what is going on with syphilis and how they can combat it in their clinical practice!

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Hosting STI Testing Events in Schools

NOV 1

Join the AAP for a webinar on Hosting STI testing in schools and hear how school districts plan and operationalize STI testing days, partnerships needed for successful implementation, and the resources involved. We will hear from RUSH hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the Minneapolis Health Department on how to overcome disruptions in access to services, partnering with community-based organizations to support program implementation and an integrated model of care within schools and school-based health centers to simplify STI testing events and the promotion of sexual health services.
Register Here


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