HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis
Local health departments play an important role in the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis. NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to address HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, and facilitating information exchange, peer engagement, and learning opportunities. This program contributes to NACCHO’s overall mission to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments and supports NACCHO’s work to advocate on behalf of local health departments with federal policymakers for adequate resources, appropriate public health legislation, and sensible policies to address the myriad of challenges facing communities.
NACCHO convenes two workgroups of local health department staff working in HIV, STI, and viral hepatitis - the HIV & STI Prevention Workgroup and the HCV Screening and Linkage to Care Workgroup. The workgroups provide guidance, support, and situational awareness; inform NACCHO policy development; and serve as a forum for peer engagement and learning and an opportunity to connect with federal and non-governmental partners and stakeholders. Stay updated with the program and sign up to receive the HIV, STI, & Hepatitis Digest.
NACCHO is working with the CDC Division of STD Prevention, the National Coalition of STD Directors, and the Public Health Accreditation Board to develop a national certification program for DIS. The effort aims to strengthen and formalize the role of DIS, expand the recognition of DIS and the profession, ensure adequate training, and improve service provision and health outcomes. Learn more about this project here and by reading the article titled “Strengthening Public Health at Its Core: A Focus on Disease Intervention Specialist” in the Winter 2015 Issue of NACCHO Exchange.
These NACCHO resources may also be helpful as your local health department works to prevent HIV and STIs in your community.
The following policy statements demonstrate NACCHO's support for comprehensive HIV and STI prevention efforts at a national level.