October 4, 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"
Model Practice Application Period Now Open
Webinar to Introduce MCH Navigator: A New Online Resource for Local Health Departments
CDC Seeks Your Input on Health Department Billing for HIV Testing
NASTAD and NCSD Joint Policy Statement on Gay Men's Healthy Equity
New Child Trends Facts Sheets on What Works for Boys and Girls
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"  

This week's featured model practice from NACCHO's Model Practices Database is Positively Negative: Increasing HIV/AIDS Awareness Among African American Teens, which was submitted by the Hernando County Health Department. The Positively Negative program was developed to increase access to quality health care, health education, and HIV/AIDS prevention services for African American teenagers. 

Model Practice Application Period Now Open
NACCHO is accepting applications for the Model Practices Program through October 31. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares the practices through the Model Practices Database
. To learn more about the program and why you should apply, click here

Webinar to Introduce MCH Navigator: A New Online Resource for Local Health Departments

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB's) MCH Navigator is a new learning portal that facilitates use of existing open-access training and is organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. NACCHO is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 23 from 3:00-4:00 PM EDT to introduce this new resource. The webinar will include a live demonstration of the website and discuss how local health departments can use this resource. Click here to register.

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).

NASTAD and NCSD Joint Policy Statement on Gay Men's Health Equity
AIDS ribbon, 2 hands The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) recently released a joint policy statement, "Getting to Zero: Scaling-up Health Department HIV Strategies for Gay Men/MSM." The statement calls on health departments to take six steps to respond to the ongoing HIV and STD epidemics among gay men/MSM. The statement builds on the "Statement of Urgency: A Crisis among Gay Men," which was released by NASTAD and NCSD in 2010. To read the recently released joint policy statement, click here

New Child Trends Fact Sheets on What Works for Boys and Girls
Child Trends recently released two new research briefs that examine programs and strategies that work and do not work for each gender. Understanding what programs and interventions have a greater impact for girls or for boys is critical to improving youth outcomes, reducing risk behaviors, and improving overall health. Use these links to access What Works for Female Children and Adolescents and What Works for Male Children and Adolescents.   

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.