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Community and Government Leading Through Collaboration
About Us

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:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • 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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Key Activities

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 issues.

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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Employment Opportunities

HIV in the US and Urban America

Data and Surveillance

Expert Links

2011 Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services | Photos: See Change (www.see-change.com) and istockphoto.com (models for illustrative purposes).