September 20, 2012
NACCHO HIV/STI Weekly Update
HIV and STI Prevention Resources for LHDs
In This Issue
HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"
Submit Model Practices Applications Oct. 1-Oct. 31
CDC Seeks Input on Health Department Billing for HIV Testing
Alameda County Public Health Department is Hiring for a Full-time HIV Epidemiologist
The Rural Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Announces New Online Community Awareness Initiative
NCSD Webinar on Policymaker Education
Webinar: Innovations in HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men
Stay Connected with News from Washington
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NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"  

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This week's featured tool from NACCHO's Toolbox is Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex in Latino Families: A Guide for Practioners, which was developed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The guide offers practitioners working with Latino adolescents and families practical, research-based strategies that can help improve communication about adolescent sexual behavior. The guide also reviews potential barriers to communication in the Latino family and offers strategies to address these barriers.  

Submit Model Practices Applications Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Since 2003, NACCHO's Model Practices Program has honored and recognized outstanding local public health practices and shared these practices through the Model Practices Database. Share what works by submitting a practice and contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. The submission period is from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. To learn more about the program and why you should apply, click here

CDC Seeks Input on Health Department Billing for HIV Testing
CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) is interested in learning about local health departments' efforts to bill third party payers (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurers) for HIV testing provided through their public health clinics. DHAP is specifically interested in learning about the systems local health departments have developed to support billing, how billing for HIV testing is integrated with other billing efforts, challenges health departments have encountered, and solutions they have identified. If your health department is billing for HIV testing and you are interested in sharing your experience with CDC, please contact Pascale Wortley or Abigail Viall (PWortley@cdc.gov, AViall@cdc.gov).

Alameda County Public Health Department is Hiring for a Full-time HIV Epidemiologist
The HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit of the Alameda County Public Health Department in California is currently accepting applications for an HIV Epidemiologist position. Under the supervision of the Director of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, the HIV Epidemiologist supports surveillance and epidemiology activities in the Unit by conducting data analysis, developing and monitoring surveillance protocols, providing technical assistance, participating in program planning, and other key functions as required. To view the job description and learn how to apply, click here

The Rural Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Announces New Online Community Awareness Initiative
The Rural Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention recently announced Project Create (Create Rural Education AIDS Tailoring Effort), an online community awareness initiative. Project Create has several features, including allowing for individuals to 1) create posters tailored to their community, 2) participate in media-driven storytelling to share HIV/AIDS-related pictures, blogs, videos, and audio, and 3) find support and guidance through a forum with five distinct HIV/AIDS topics. Project Create was developed by HIV/AIDS prevention specialists at the University of Kentucky and Indiana University. To access this innovative online initiative, click here.
NCSD Webinar on Policymaker Education 
Educating policymakers about the importance of STD programs and sexual health is vital to the continuation of the work, however there are concerns for state and local employees around what they can say and do. To address these concerns, the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is hosting a webinar on September 26 from 4:00-5:00 PM EDT titled "Policymaker Education: What it is and How do I Stay Safe?" The webinar will feature Isaiah Castilla, Legislative Counsel at Alliance for Justice, who will discuss what the law says you can and cannot do as a state employee. Additionally, an NCSD member with extensive experience in this area will speak about his experiences, including how he got permission and how he prepared. To register for the webinar, click here.
Webinar: Innovations in HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men
AIDS ribbon, 2 hands In observance of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the CDC National Prevention Information Network is hosting a webinar on innovations in HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men. The webinar will be moderated by Lamont Scales, Coordinator for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men who have Sex with Men Activities, Office of Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 25 from 2:30-3:30 PM EDT. Registration is required. To register and to see a full list of speakers and topics, click here
Stay Connected with News from Washington
News from Washington is a NACCHO e-newsletter that provides up to date information about activities in Congress and the Administration that affect local health departments. The weekly e-newsletter is currently being sent to the primary NACCHO contact for each local health department and members of the Congressional Action Network. Contact Eli Briggs, NACCHO Director of Government Affairs, with any questions. View the latest edition and sign up to receive the newsletter here. 
Have a Resource You'd Like to Share or Looking for Something Specific?
The NACCHO HIV/STI List welcomes all tools, research, and resources that you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a resource, send an e-mail to hivsti@naccho.org with the subject line: "For HIV List." Additionally, if you have a request for a tool or need assistance that you think another LHD could provide, send an e-mail and we'll include your request in a future e-newsletter.
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