October 11, 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
HIV/STI Media Campaign Offers Free Promotional Materials
IOM Releases New Report on Monitoring HIV Care in the United States
VA Hiring for HIV/Hepatitis QUERI Administrative Coordinator in Bedford, Massachusetts
New Project Inform Fact Sheets on PrEP
CDC Seeks Your Input on Health Department Billing for HIV Testing
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NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"  

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This week's featured model practice from NACCHO's Model Practices Database is Coded Text Messaging to STD Clients, which was submitted by Peoria City/County Health Department. The primary goals of this project were to decrease the length of time from diagnosis of an STD to treatment and to improve partner notification. Compared with the traditional method of call-back, clients receiving results by text message were treated within one day of receiving the message, while those calling for results averaged three days between diagnosis and treatment. 

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

HIV/STI Media Campaign Offers Free Promotional Materials

In March 2012, The Monday Campaigns launched a pilot media program encouraging HIV/STI testing in clinics around Southeastern Virginia. Targeted at young men, the Man Up Monday campaign uses award-winning creative materials to raise awareness about getting tested and to connect young men with local testing resources. The key to the success of the campaign, which has increased overall STI tests at local Planned Parenthood clinics by 200% over the previous year, is creating a "habit" of awareness by linking Monday to testing behavior. With 52 Mondays per year, it is an effective cue to action for HIV/STI testing behaviors. For more information, or to receive free tailored campaign materials, please visit The Monday Campaigns website or e-mail mjohnson@mondaycampaigns.org.

IOM Releases New Report on Monitoring HIV Care in the United States
AIDS ribbon, 2 hands On October 5, the IOM released "Monitoring HIV Care in the United States: A Strategy for Generating National Estimates of HIV Care and Coverage." This is the second of two reports that the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) asked the IOM to prepare. The first report, "Monitoring HIV Care in the United States: Indicators and Data Systems," was released earlier this year. The purpose of these reports is to help ONAP structure plans to accurately monitor the scope of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the availability and success of treatment and prevention programs in order to assess progress towards meeting the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. To access the full report, click here.

VA Hiring for HIV/Hepatitis QUERI Administrative Coordinator in Bedford, Massachusetts
The HIV/Hepatitis Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is hiring for a full-time administrative coordinator. The HIV/Hepatitis QUERI is located in Bedford, MA. The mission of the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI is to implement evidence-based research into practice to improve the identification and patient care of Veterans infected with HIV and HCV. The position will be posted on the USA Jobs website from October 4-11. To access the posting, click here.

New Project Inform Fact Sheets on PrEP
Project Inform recently published two new fact sheets on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), one for men and transgender women who have sex with men and the other for medical and non-medical service providers. A third fact sheet for heterosexual men and women is coming soon. The fact sheet for men and transgender women who have sex with men is currently available in Spanish and the fact sheet for service providers will soon be available in Spanish. Click here to access the fact sheets.  

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).
 

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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