Mission and Key Activities
Government and Community Leading Through Collaboration
The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services
(UCHAPS) a national collaboration of community partners and health departments dedicated to preventing new HIV infections and reducing health disparities, morbidity, and mortality. UCHAPS member jurisdictions
are among the epicenters of the urban HIV epidemic
and are often at the forefront of piloting new intervention
strategies. They include:
- Fort Lauderdale
- New York City
- City and County of San Francisco
- Washington, DC
UCHAPS has sought, since its founding, to bring enhanced attention and resources to metropolitan areas that have faced a disproportionate burden of HIV infection. UCHAPS believes that by working together, government officials, community planning leaders and those impacted by HIV can develop and implement sound public health programs that prevent new HIV infections and increase the health and well being of individuals.
Download the UCHAPS 2015 Annual Report.
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Peer Technical Assistance Enhances Local Programs
UCHAPS coordinates peer technical assistance (TA) and
technology transfer activities among its member jurisdictions.
Aimed at enhancing programs in participating jurisdictions
and beyond, the TA focuses on topics of particular interest
in urban areas and reflects pressing and innovative
UCHAPS shares information, ideas and resources gathered
through TA presentations with a broader audience through
its website and at national conferences.
Best Practices Synthesize On-the-Ground Experience
As HIV prevention pioneers, UCHAPS members are often
on the leading edge of responding to HIV prevention
priorities and challenges. Using knowledge and lessons
learned through members’ experiences, UCHAPS prepares
best practice documents to support program development
and implementation within its membership and beyond.
Visit uchaps.org for best practices on syringe access
and transgender HIV prevention, with others to be added.
Collective Experiences and Data Inform Federal Initiatives
UCHAPS provides input and feedback to officials at the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other
federal agencies with a focus on the HIV prevention-related
needs and experiences of urban jurisdictions.
UCHAPS representatives are active in CDC advisory bodies,
having served on those related to HIV testing guidelines
in non-medical settings, community planning guidance,
expanding testing initiatives, and program collaboration
and service integration, among others. UCHAPS collective
discussions with federal public health leaders have
helped to identify problems and solutions, gain better
understanding of varying perspectives, and develop strategies
for moving forward.
Educating Policymakers Builds Support for HIV Prevention
UCHAPS is committed to building support for a robust
and well-funded national HIV prevention response. UCHAPS
provides public comment before federal advisory bodies,
educates lawmakers and their staffs about urban HIV
prevention needs and resources, and participates in
efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS strategy
at the federal, state, and local levels.
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