September 27, 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"
Updated Compendium of NACCHO Policy Recommendations
September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
"One Stop Shop" for Manufacturer-Sponsored Patient Assistance Programs
How the ACA Changes Pathways to Insurance Coverage for People Living with HIV
Webinar on Partnerships in Practice for Adolescent Health
Submit Model Practices Applications Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Stay Connected with News from Washington
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NACCHO's Community Health Webcasts
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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 Engaging with MSM in the Clinical Setting, developed by The Global forum on MSM & HIV. This document is intended to serve as a primer on information related to men who have sex with men (MSM) for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers delivering HIV and primary care services in diverse clinical settings. The guide includes an appendix with a listing of resources for further reading to develop more specialized clinical knowledge and skills.

Updated Compendium of NACCHO Policy Recommendations 

NACCHO has updated its compendium of policy recommendations to reflect policy statements approved by the Board of Directors or revised since August 2011. Policy statements are used by NACCHO and local health department leaders to educate and urge action by federal officials, state public health officials, elected officials at all levels, partner organizations, the media, and the public. NACCHO currently has 110 policy statements on issues across the spectrum of public health. To access the compendium, click here

September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
AIDS ribbon, 2 hands Today is the fifth annual National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to bring attention to the burden of HIV among gay and bisexual men and to encourage HIV testing. Men who have sex with men (MSM) represent two percent of the U.S. population, yet account for more than half of both new HIV infections each year and Americans living with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 350,000 gay and bisexual men with AIDS have died, and more than 8,000 still die each year. Click here for more information, including fact sheets, downloadable graphics, and a media statement from Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

"One Stop Shop" for Manufacturer-Sponsored Patient Assistance Programs
HarborPath, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS access free medications offered by Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), launched in July 2012. HarborPath is a "one stop shop" portal that provides a streamlined, online process to qualify individuals for PAPs and deliver the donated medications of the participating pharmaceutical companies through a mail-order pharmacy. HarborPath will begin services with a pilot program in states with high need, including Alabama, Texas, and Virginia. To learn more about HarborPath, visit their website and click here for a fact sheet.   

How the ACA Changes Pathways to Insurance Coverage for People Living with HIV 

diverse people In a post from the series "Notes on Health Insurance and Reform," Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, examines different insurance pathways for people with HIV and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding coverage options for this population. The post includes a series of infographics depicting the eligibility pathways to insurance coverage prior to the ACA, after the ACA was enacted but before 2014, and as of 2014 and beyond. To view the post, click here

Webinar on Partnerships in Practice for Adolescent Health 
In celebration of the Society for Public Health Education's National Health Education Week 2012 (October 15-19), they will be hosting a webinar titled "Adolescent Health: Partnerships in Practice" on Wednesday, October 17 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. The webinar will provide an overview of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and discuss a new evidence-based initiative to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and risky sexual behavior among adolescents. Evelyn M. Kappeler, Director of OAH, will discuss how OAH works with programs supported by other HHS agencies and highlight new OAH resources for health and social service professionals who work with young people. To learn more and register, click
here

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

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.
NACCHO's Community Health Webcasts and Teleconferences
Take a look at the list of NACCHO's archived community health webcasts.
The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local public health departments. For additional information about NACCHO, visit www.naccho.org.