October 18, 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 2013 Application Period Now Open
NACCHO Billing Toolkit for Immunization Programs
NASTAD, amfAR, and NMAC Release Issue Briefs on Sequestration
Study Finds that Sending STI Prevention Messages Through Facebook is Effective for Influencing Sexual Behavior
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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 HIV/STI Toolkit is STD Prevention Video Evaluation Summary. The evaluation survey was developed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of STD Control, as a follow-up evaluation for an educational MySpaceTV video targeting adolescents age 15-24. This quick evaluation can be tailored to meet the needs of other jurisdictions and can be posted on MySpace pages, sent out via email to viewers, or printed and administered in adolescent health clinics.

Model Practice 2013 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

NACCHO Billing Toolkit for Immunization Programs
NACCHO released a new toolkit for LHDs that are interested in billing public and private sector payers for immunization services. The toolkit includes resources, templates, and tools from LHDs, state health departments, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, billing guides, insurance companies, and electronic medical records vendors. Click here to access the toolkit, and to learn more about the toolkit and how to use it, click here.  

NASTAD, amfAR, and NMAC Release Issue Briefs on Sequestration
NASTAD, amfAR, and NMAC released two issue briefs outlining $659 million in automatic spending cuts to HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs that will occur as the result of sequestration. Unless Congress and the President come to an agreement on a different way to reduce the federal deficit, these cuts will automatically occur on January 2, 2013. To access the issues briefs, use the following links:
The Impact of Budget Sequestration on Federal Funding for State HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Programs in FY2013 and Estimating the Human Impact of Budget Sequestration on HIV/AIDS in the United States in Fiscal Year 2013, which is also available here

Study Finds that Sending STI Prevention Messages Through Facebook is Effective for Influencing Sexual Behavior 

A new study from the University of Colorado, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, studied a group of Facebook users aged 18-24 to see if receiving updates from a sexual health-based page or posting content to a news page made them more likely to wear condoms. The authors conclude that social networking sites may be venues for effıcacious health education interventions and that social media is an important first step in considering how to reach the overwhelming numbers of youth online and how to maximize approaches to technology-based interventions. To access the full text, 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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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.