December 6, 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"
NACCHO is Hiring!
NACCHO Annual Call for Sharing Session Proposals
Upcoming NACCHO Webinar: High-Impact HIV Prevention and LHDs
AAP Recommends Emergency Contraception Be Available to Teens
USPSTF Invites Public Comment on Draft Reccomendations Related to HIV and HCV Screening
Let's Talk About Sex: Video for Doctors and Young Adults
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 tool from the HIV/STI Toolkit is Administrative Guidelines for Text Messaging Clients and Other Individuals, developed by the Multnomah County Health Department. The guidelines include a general policy statement about text messaging, a list of procedures for doing so, and examples of text messages to initiate communication with clients and respond to client text messages.

NACCHO is Hiring!   

The NACCHO Infectious Diseases Team is currently hiring for the following three positions: 1) Senior Program Analyst- DIS Certification, 2) Program Analyst- STI Prevention, LHD Epidemiology Capacity, HIV/AIDS Prevention, and Adolescent & School Health, 3) and Lead Assistant- STI, HIV, and TB Billing. To view full job descriptions and apply to these positions, please visit the online NACCHO Career Network. 

NACCHO Annual Call for Sharing Session Proposals

The NACCHO Annual Conference Workgroup seeks sharing session proposals for the NACCHO Annual 2013 Conference, set for July 10-12, in Dallas, TX. This year's theme "Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future." will help attendees discover how to address preventing the leading causes of death, examine the effective use of data across all operational aspects of a public health agency, and discover how to maximize organizational performance, influence policy, and maintain fiscal sustainability. To submit a proposal, log in or create an account here. The application is located under "NACCHO Applications" on the left-hand side navigation menu. To learn more about sharing session proposal guidelines, click here. The deadline to submit is December 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Upcoming NACCHO Webinar: High-Impact HIV Prevention and LHDs

This webinar will provide an overview of the core components of CDC's High-Impact HIV Prevention approach to reducing HIV infections in the United States and its implications for local health departments (LHDs). The webinar will feature a presentation by Patricia Coury-Doniger of the University of Rochester Center for Health & Behavioral Training and Gale Burstein of the Erie County Health Department in Buffalo, NY. Following the presentation, there will be an open discussion of LHD experiences with high-impact HIV prevention, as well as time for questions. This session will provide an important opportunity for LHDs to learn from one another. The webinar is scheduled for Monday, December 10 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. To register, click here.

AAP Recommends Emergency Contraception Be Available to Teens
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released an updated policy statement about the use of emergency contraception and how it can reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy in adolescents. The policy statement is intended to educate pediatricians and other physicians on available emergency contraceptive methods, provide current data on safety, efficacy, and use of emergency contraception in teenagers, and encourage routine counseling and advance emergency-contraception prescription as one part of a public health strategy to reduce teen pregnancy. Click here to read the policy statement. 

USPSTF Invites Public Comment on Draft Recommendations Related to HIV and HCV Screening 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued draft recommendations pertaining to HIV and viral hepatitis screening and invites public comment on both. To learn more about what is included in the draft recommendations and how to submit comments online, click here. The deadline for submitting comment on the draft HIV screening recommendations is December 17 and the deadline for draft HCV recommendations is December 24

Let's Talk About Sex: Video for Doctors and Young Adults

Talking about sex is not always a regular part of the doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. This is especially true for adolescents and young adults, who are disproportionately impacted by STIs. Check out this video, which discusses the importance of a healthy dialogue between youth and providers about their sexual health. The video features CDC Epidemiologist, Elizabeth Torrone, PhD MSPH.
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 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.
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