At NACCHO Annual 2015, Hennepin County Public Health in Minneapolis was awarded a Model Practice Award for “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Program within an STD Clinic: An Innovative HIV Prevention Approach for MSM.” As the largest HIV/STD clinic in the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County’s Red Door Clinic added pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to its existing HIV prevention services in April 2013, just nine months after the FDA approved Truvada for use as PrEP. In this podcast, Ejay Jack, a Community Health Specialist at Hennepin County, discusses how the PrEP program was established, lessons learned through implementation, goals for the program moving forward, and considerations for other local health departments thinking about what they could or should do to support PrEP implementation in their jurisdiction. Additionally, Mr. Jack discusses the health department’s experience submitting an application for NACCHO’s Model Practices Program and what it means to receive a Model Practice designation. Listen to the podcast here.
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