January 3, 2013
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HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"
IOM Report on Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data
Save the Date: PACHA Conference Call on January 7
GISP Profiles 2011
AIDS.gov Blog Post on Trends to Watch in 2013
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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 DIS Procedure for Text Messaging for Case Investigation and Partner Services. The Multnomah County Health Department developed this step-by-step guide for DIS using text messaging for case investigation and partner services. Pictures of the mechanism used for text messaging (an iPhone) accompany corresponding steps in the process.

IOM Report on Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records
In December 2012, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report summarizing a workshop held in October 2012 on collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records. The workshop was held in response to a recommendation in the 2011 IOM report "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding." The recommendation was that information on patients' sexual orientation and gender identity should be collected in electronic health records, just as information on race and ethnicity isroutinely collected. To access the workshop summary, click here.

Save the Date: PACHA Conference Call on January 7 

AIDS ribbon, 2 handsThe President's Advisory Council of HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will be holding a conference call on January 7, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. The call-in number is 800-857-1237 and the participant pass code is 7293236. The call is open to the public. The purpose of the call is to discuss PACHA's draft resolution on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in ways that meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Additionally, PACHA members will discuss their proposed statement on essenital health benefits. To learn more about PACHA, click here to access the Council's website.

GISP Profiles 2011 

The Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) is a national sentinel surveillance system established in 1986 to monitor trends in antimicrobial susceptibilities of Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains in the United States among selected STD clinics in approximately 25-30 GISP sentinel sites. The GISP Profiles 2011 report consists of site-specific profiles depicting the demographic and clinical data of the men with gonorrhea enrolled in GISP and the antimicrobial susceptibility results of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates submitted. To access the profiles, click here.

AIDS.gov Blog Post on Trends to Watch in 2013
The latest AIDS.gov blog includes a list of trends to watch in 2013 related to the use new media and emerging technoligies to support HIV/AIDS and other health care efforts. The list was developed based on input from experts and thought leaders across the Federal and private sectors. To access the post, 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. 
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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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