HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis
Local health departments play an important role in the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis. NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to address HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, and facilitating information exchange, peer engagement, and learning opportunities. The program contributes to NACCHO’s overall mission to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments and supports NACCHO’s work to advocate on behalf of local health departments with federal policymakers for adequate resources, appropriate public health legislation, and sensible policies to address the myriad of challenges facing communities.
In the Spotlight
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is an HIV prevention strategy that involves the use of antiretroviral medications by HIV-negative individuals to reduce their risk of HIV infection. Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP awareness and implementation. Achieving the full promise of PrEP will require coordination among many groups, including local and state health departments, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations. To help achieve this promise, NACCHO developed this educational series to increase awareness and knowledge of PrEP as an HIV prevention strategy and explore the roles for local health departments in supporting PrEP as a component of comprehensive HIV prevention programs. More »
Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP awareness and implementation, and many are asking themselves what they should or could do and how to do it. As planners and implementers of comprehensive HIV prevention, local health departments play a critical role in the success of PrEP. NACCHO’s PrEP Story Bank shares examples of how local health departments have successfully implemented PrEP. If you are interested in adding your story, please contact Gretchen Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States, presents significant challenges to the public health and healthcare systems. Local health departments play an important role in addressing these challenges and serving impacted populations in their communities. Local health departments offer leadership and support across the continuum of HCV prevention, care, and treatment and are on the frontlines of new opportunities to expand HCV testing, care, and treatment. To support local health departments and their partners, NACCHO developed an educational series to increase knowledge of HCV-related topics, provide information and examples of how local health departments can leverage existing resources to address HCV, and share successful local health department practices and policies for expanding HCV-related services in their communities. More »
NACCHO has launched its newest blog, Healthy People, Healthy Places: The Essential Elements of Local Public Health, a resource that helps local health departments tackle emerging infectious disease and environmental health issues. Visit the blog often for news, resources, tools, and events. The blog also features the latest updates that local health departments need to know about HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis. Stay updated with the program and sign up to receive the HIV, STI, & Hepatitis Digest. More »