NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), the premier national public health organization representing all state, territorial, and CDC directly-funded city/county health department HIV and hepatitis programs, proposes a five-year project under CDC’s CBA for High-Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration CDC-RFA-PS19-1904. NASTAD and its key partners AIDS United, Harm Reduction Coalition, National Coalition of STD Directors and Southern AIDS Coalition propose to focus on Component 2 – Regional Technical Assistance in the South – Track C: Integrated HIV Prevention Activities and Structural Interventions. NASTAD and its partners bring unparalleled expertise as TA/CBA providers to the proposed project – Strengthening High-Impact HIV Prevention in the South – with decades of experience supporting the HIV prevention workforce in health departments (HDs) and community-based organizations (CBOs), extensive staff knowledge of the Track C topics, and a deep familiarity with the issues, the needs, and the challenges of addressing HIV in the South.
NASTAD and its partners propose to enhance CDC’s high-impact HIV prevention (HIP) approach by supporting HDs and CBOs in the South to develop regional and jurisdictional TA plans to integrate and implement HIV prevention programs and services for PLWH and people at greatest risk of HIV infection. These priority populations include Blacks/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinx; all races/ethnicities of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM); people who inject drugs (PWID); and persons who are transgender/gender non-conforming. NASTAD’s team will succeed in its mission by helping the HIV prevention workforce in the South to develop individual competencies, and strengthen expertise among HD and CBO staff on the key track topics, including HIV partner services, data-to-care activities, integrated HIV prevention and care planning, HIV/HCV transmission clusters and outbreaks, social determinants of health, condom distribution, Syringe Services Programs (SSPs), HIV prevention social marketing campaigns/social media strategies, and structural approaches to strengthening the HIV care continuum.
The cutting-edge work NASTAD has done as an existing CDC CBA provider to help modernize HIV and hepatitis programs in the age of significant health system transformation provides the framework for the next phase of focusing TA/CBA on governmental and non-governmental public health programs in the area of the nation with the greatest needs for addressing gaps in the HIV care continuum—the Southern U.S.
Once regional-wide and jurisdiction-specific plans have been developed, NASTAD will work with CDC and CBA providers to prioritize building up individual competencies and technical expertise of the HIV prevention workforce in the South, and strengthen their organizational capacities to integrate and deliver comprehensive HIV prevention services. NASTAD has perfected state-of-the-art delivery of CBA to the infectious disease workforce and community-based groups through peer-to-peer TA, in-person training sessions provided by subject matter experts, online TA platforms, information sharing, and materials development and dissemination. Increased use of TA/CBA services will lead to increased knowledge and skills, which in turn will lead to increased capacity to deliver HIP.