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UCHAPS is dedicated to the development and implementation of sound public health policy to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and HIV-related mortality, morbidity, and disparities in health outcomes. Using a model of community and government collaboration, UCHAPS advocates for HIV prevention policies that are grounded in science, designed to maximize impact, and focused on reaching the communities and populations most in need.

UCHAPS educates and informs elected and appointed leaders in all branches of the federal government about the unique prevention needs of communities heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. UCHAPS works to increase federal funding and improve federal policies for domestic HIV prevention in order to enhance responses to HIV/AIDS in urban environments and nationwide.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy sets ambitious targets for preventing new HIV infections in the United States and increasing those aware of their HIV status. UCHAPS firmly believes that the U.S. must focus HIV prevention efforts in HIV epicenters to reduce incidence nationwide, achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and ultimately end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

UCHAPS Policy Priorities Include:

  • Increased HIV prevention funding
  • Strategic and coordinated distribution of prevention resource
  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy implementation
  • Improved access to sterile syringes and HIV testing
  • An end to HIV criminalization, discrimination, and stigma
  • Improved program coordination and service integration
  • Improved linkages to HIV care and access to treatment

Current Trends in HIV

On May 6, 2015, a diverse group of public health practitioners and thought-leaders from throughout the United States gathered to share HIV program and surveillance data, anecdotes of what is/is not working in their jurisdiction to curb the epidemic, and to ascertain to what extent funded programs are achieving their intended results. Specifically, there was interest in answering the questions: “How Are We Doing and Where Are We Going?”

The three day HIV Trends Think Tank meeting and workshop was the first of its kind giving public health practitioners and thought-leaders from national HIV/AIDS organizations, states, and local urban health jurisdictions the opportunity to come together to engage, exchange experiences, and share HIV program expertise.

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Panel 1) Overview of Trends

  1. Michael Kharfen, District of Columbia
  2. Dan O'Connell, New York State
  3. Juliana Grant, California
  4. Jenny McFarlane, Texas
  5. Demetre Daskalakis, NYC City
  6. Marlene McNeese, Houston

Panel 2) Routine Tests & Testing in Community/Clinical Settings

  1. Terry Hamilton, NYC Health & Hospital
  2. Smita Pamar, HIV FOCUS
  3. Amy Kile-Puente, California
  4. Melanie Mattson, Colorado
  5. Barry Callis, Massachusetts
  6. Caroline Campbell, Virginia

Panel 3) Acute Infections/Late Diagnosis/Lost to Care

  1. Eunice Casey, NYC Health & Hospital
  2. Lora Branch, HIV FOCUS
  3. Camden Hallmark, Houston
  4. Jason Carr, Washington State
  5. Debbie Wendell, Louisiana
  6. Randy Mayer, Iowa

Panel 4) HIV Among Gay Men

  1. Tim Horn, Treatment Action Group
  2. Steve Gibson, magnet
  3. Demetre Daskalakis, NYC City
  4. Jacob Dougherty, Wisconsin
  5. Melissa Morrison, Tennessee
  6. Barry Callis, Massachusetts

Special Topics

  1. HIV Care Continua for Trends Meeting Jurisdictions
  2. HIV Trends: The View from AIDSVu
  3. Prevention Process TAG
  4. State Plan: New York
  5. State Plan: Washington
  6. Kaiser ACA Update

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