I. Project Abstract Summary
The purpose of AIDS United’s (AU's) Strengthening High Impact Prevention in the Midwest project is to build individual competencies and technical expertise among HIV staff, strengthen organizational capacities, and enable supportive structural environments to effectively plan, integrate, implement, and sustain the establishment and operation of HIV prevention programs and services. Despite great strides in curbing the epidemic, more focus is needed to strengthen the HIV workforce to accelerate progress towards no new infections and improve linkage and retention health outcomes among key affected populations.
AIDS United will implement a continuous consultative technical assistance (TA) approach to identify, plan, deploy, and evaluate TA to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded programs and their partners in the Midwest. Continuous consultation, in collaboration with directly-funded CDC programs, their partners, and other regional stakeholders, will support program improvements, detailed data collection, and evaluation of TA effectiveness in strengthening the capacity of CDC-funded programs to implement and achieve improved outcomes for integrated HIV activities and structural interventions.
AU proposes two overarching strategies to achieve performance outcomes over the 5-year project period: (1) develop and implement a regional capacity building assistance (CBA) plan, and (2) develop and implement annual jurisdictional CBA plans for each of the 12 states in the Midwest to build capacity among the HIV prevention workforce. Based on CDC’s High Impact Prevention (HIP) model, AU will convene regional stakeholders to assess integrated HIV prevention and structural interventions CBA needs. Assessment findings will inform the data-informed design and implementation of tailored, culturally appropriate accessible, and scientifically- sound TA products and services.
AIDS United will serve as the lead agency working in partnership with the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) and the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department (KCHD) to implement the Strengthening High Impact Prevention in the Midwest project. Combined, this partnership offers 30+ year of focused, data-driven, culturally appropriate, and comprehensive CBA delivery leadership and expertise with directly funded CDC health departments, community-based organizations (CBOs), and their partners nationally and in the Midwest. AU’s tailored, responsive, sustainable, and innovative regional technical assistance to CDC grantees and their partners over the five-year program will result in increased identification of newly and previously diagnosed HIV infections; improved linkage to HIV prevention services for people with HIV (PWH) and HIV-negative persons; improved linkage to and retention in HIV medical care for PWH; and improved linkage to essential supportive services for PWH and HIV-negative persons in the Midwest.