The City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is applying for funding opportunity number CDC-RFA-PS19-1901 for Strengthening STD Prevention and Control of Health Department (STD PCHD) funds.
The city of Chicago has some of the highest numbers of reported syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia cases in the nation. Adolescents, racial and ethnic minorities and men who have sex with men are disproportionately affected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
The CDPH has a long history and tradition in development and implementation of STD prevention and control strategies through its’ Bureau HIV/STI. In 2016, CDPH Bureau HIV/STI has been engaged in transformation of HIV/STI portfolio and was aimed at 1) increasing the number of individuals who are appropriately screened and treated for HIV and STIs and 2) increasing the number of persons vulnerable to HIV (included those diagnosed with STIs) who are linked to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Based on the feedback from the internal and external stakeholders, along with HIV/STI surveillance data, we have created new an evidence-based HIV/STI portfolio that will be launched in January, 2019.
The Bureau HIV/STI mission and purpose is to deliver high quality comprehensive STD/HIV prevention and control services including clinical and laboratory services, surveillance and data management, partner services, training and professional development, leadership and program management, program evaluation and community and individual behavior change interventions. Areas of special emphasis include surveillance, outbreak response, STD and HIV collaboration/integration.
Bureau of HIV/STI has three other major sections: Public Health, Community Health and Clinical Services; The Pubic Health Services program structure is comprised of several unique yet highly intertwined cross-cutting units. These units are HIV/STD Surveillance, Partner Services and STI/HIV Epidemiology and Research. The overarching goals of the program for which funding are requested are: 1) to provide first-rate, high-quality, state-of-the-art surveillance and data management services; 2) to provide high quality partner services for syphilis and HIV infection; 3) to collaborate with community-based agencies and non-health department care providers to promote CDC-recommended screening, diagnosis and treatment, in addition to reporting and case management; 4) to promote improved health department policies for STD prevention; and 5) to analyze and disseminate data to promote cross-program integration where there are opportunities expand STD prevention and control within other program areas.