Monday, December 29, 2014

Denver Health's new NHBS website

Visit the new site

The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor risk behaviors and access to HIV prevention services among three populations at risk for HIV:
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Injection drug users (IDU)
  • Heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV (HET)
Denver is one of 20 sites across the United States collecting NHBS data. Locally, NHBS is known as REACH (Risk Education Aimed at Community Health). REACH data is used to guide prevention, and HIV counseling and testing services in the Denver Metro area. NHBS data also provides a behavioral context for trends seen in HIV surveillance throughout the United States.

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Collaborative Guidelines for HIV Prevention with Persons with HIV

Dear Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Colleagues:

On December 11, 2014, CDC, HRSA, NIH, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, the National Minority AIDS Council, and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) issued Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014. This guideline updates the 2003 guideline,Incorporating HIV Prevention into the Medical Care of Persons Living with HIV: Recommendations of CDC, HRSA, NIH, and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The new guideline compiles new and longstanding federal recommendations about biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions to reduce HIV transmission from persons with HIV. Three Summaries list the subset of recommendations for each of the guideline’s audiences: clinical providers, nonclinical providers, and health department staff. An online resource library includes links to practical implementation resources, such as decision-support tools, fact sheets for providers and persons with HIV, and training materials: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/prevention/programs/pwp/ .


Sincerely,

Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs (DSHAP)
HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CDC's Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the US, 2014

Dear Colleague,

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and five participating CDC partner organizations, published a new evidence-based guideline, Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014 updating and expanding the 2003 recommendations. The recommendations comprise an all-in-one set of comprehensive interventions for clinical providers, nonclinical providers, as well as staff of health departments and HIV planning groups focused on optimizing health outcomes for people with HIV and reducing their risk of exposing others to HIV.

Monday, December 15, 2014

NIH's AIDSinfo Mobile Apps


AIDSinfo creates mobile applications for popular AIDSinfo features. These apps allow access to federally approved HIV/AIDS treatment and research information optimized for mobile devices and are offered free of charge.

Drug Database

This app provides access to the same drug information provided by theAIDSinfo Drug Database. The app includes two versions of each drug summary—one for consumers (English and Spanish) and one for health care professionals. The app automatically refreshes content, so the information is always up to date.

Available for:

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Android device

Glossary

The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary app provides access to the same terms found in the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms. The app includes English and Spanish definitions of more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms.

Available for:

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Download the Glossary App for your Android device

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Funding Opportunity: People Who Inject Drugs Living with HIV/Hep C RFA

Janssen Therapeutics Request for Applications (RFA):

"Improving Care and Treatment for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C"

Area of Interest

Comprehensive community-based models that enhance the ability of PWID living with HIV and/or HCV to access care and treatment

Eligible Applicants

501(c)(3) tax-exempt, community-based organizations in the US that work with PWID living with HIV and/or HCV

Amount 
One year charitable contribution of up to $40,000

Submission

November 25, 2014 - January 31, 2015 (Applications will be reviewed and funded on a rolling basis through early 2015)

Application

Applications must be submitted online through Janssen’s charitable contribution application system

Application Process

Please note: Applications will only be accepted via the Charitable Contributions portal. Educational grants will not be considered.

Visit www.janssentherapeutics-grants.com/contribution.html for more information or email questions to JT-RFGA@its.jnj.com .

Friday, November 28, 2014

World AIDS Day: Monday, December 1, 2014

By Ceasar Montoya:

Monday, December 1st is the 26th World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a time to remember those we have lost to AIDS, those who are living with HIV, and those fighting to prevent HIV from taking another life.

To commemorate the day and to show your support for the work we do, we ask that you wear a red ribbon on Monday. You can also participate in one of the many candle vigils, awareness events or ceremonies held to recognize this important day.

The first World AIDS Day activity that I participated in was on a cold December 1 a few years ago while working with a community based organization. We were handing out Safer Injection kits, Safer Sex kits, and providing information on HIV and STI testing to passersby. We stood with our handouts near Downtown Denver’s Colfax and Broadway bus stops across from Civic Center Park.

It was an honor to show my support in that way. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I strongly encourage you to find a way to show your support on Monday . You don’t have to freeze your buns off to get involved. Wearing a red ribbon in observance of the day is a start, but I encourage you to take a more active part. You’ll be glad you did.

We live in a time when HIV is manageable and good health is obtainable for those who are positive. If you have questions about accessing care services for the first time or wish to reconnect with a health care provider, contact either Ceasar Montoya or Maria Chaidez of the CDPHE’s Linkage to Care team:

Ceasar (303)692-2781
or
Maria (303)692-2734

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Colorado's AIDS Drug Assistance Program and the Affordable Care Act Webinar

by Todd Grove, Colorado ADAP Healthcare Access Unit Lead

Good Afternoon,

On October 29, 2014 Colorado ADAP's Healthcare Access Unit recorded a webinar to help local public health organizations and community partners know how best to help clients navigate any issues related to the Affordable Care Act, and ADAP services.

We strongly encourage every case manager, social worker, or other staff funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's Part B to watch this 2-hour recording.

Webinar - The Affordable Care Act and ADAP, One Year Update 
Held October 29, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 5 PrEP Webinar




From the Population Health Division at San Francisco Dept. of Public Health:

PrEP: A Game-Changing Approach to HIV Prevention

Webinar: November 5, 2014 : 10 am - noon PST

Register

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free trainings from the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

From the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care - 

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce a new training and technical assistance resource for Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations and community-based organizations. The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care provides free training and technical assistance to Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to help them navigate the changing health care landscape. We help organizations develop strategies to improve operational effectiveness, and implement best practices to optimize outcomes along the continuum of HIV care.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity PS15-1502 Pre-Application Information

from the CDC's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Branch -

Dear HIV Prevention Partners,

The series of PS15-1502 Pre-Application Technical Assistance Webinar Calls will occur on October 21, 22, 23, and 24, 2014 (originally scheduled for October 15 and 17).

The application deadline is November 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m.Eastern Standard Time.

To access the Announcement and Application Package:
  1. Visit www.grants.gov
  2. Select: “Applicants” from the top menu
  3. Select: “Apply for Grants”
  4. Select: “Download a Grant Application Package”
  5. In the “Funding Opportunity Number” box, type the number formatted as: CDC-RFA-PS15-1502
Details on times of the calls and how to pre-register will be updated on the PS15-1502 webpage. Please forward all questions to CBOFOA@cdc.gov.

Here are the recordings of the Pre-Application Technical Assistance Workshop Presentations:
Thank you for your continued support!

Prevention Program Branch (PPB)
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Friday, October 17, 2014

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

by Ceasar Montoya

October 15th was National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The theme for this year was “Commit to Act”. Latinos, specifically Latina Women, still make up a disproportionate percentage of new HIV cases compared to population size. The following information from the Centers for Disease Control relates specifically to the Hispanic/Latino population in the US and six dependent areas:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Harm Reduction Action Center's new website

Denver's Harm Reduction Action Center is proud to announce the launch of its new website, a destination for harm reductionists near and far. The website offers destinations for our program participants, healthcare providers, and the larger community we serve. It also prominently features their recently-filmed anti-stigma public service announcements, all of which are easily shareable and downloadable. The anti-stigma message is shot in documentary style and features actual participants, providers, and community advocates all of whom address the universal nature of stigma and its insidious nature in our common quest to end HIV, HCV, and overdoses.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CDC Capacity Building Assistance Grant Writing Training Series

Dear HIV Prevention Partners,

Please see this flyer detailing the upcoming two-day grant writing trainings being offered by CDC. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Thank you,

Prevention Program Branch on behalf of the Capacity Building Branch
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHAPP HIV Prevention RFA 1464 Announcement

The Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention Grant Program (CHAPP) Request for Application 1464 - Funding for rural areas - 2015-2017 has been posted to the STI/HIV and Viral Hepatitis Branch's funding opportunities page.

Please send all questions to cdphe.chapp@state.co.us

Monday, September 29, 2014

CDPHE's Upcoming HIV Prevention RFA

On October 1, 2014 the STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be posting a Request for Application (RFA). The purpose of the RFA is to fund partnerships in rural areas of the state in order to serve persons at high risk for acquiring HIV, address systemic conditions that increase the risks for acquiring HIV, and reduce transmission of HIV.

Applicants will be required to identify a network of providers of medical care, substance abuse, mental health, and prevention services (including AIDS service organizations or community based

Friday, September 26, 2014

For Gay Men, Gaps in HIV Knowledge and Treatment Persist

Published on Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2014.

by Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News

Saturday is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but the news about knowledge and treatment of HIV in the gay community is dispiriting.

Just 30 percent of gay and bisexual men say they were tested for HIV within the last year as recommended; another 30 percent say they have never been tested.

And even when they are tested, only half of those who have been diagnosed with HIV are receiving care and treatment for their infection.

Monday, September 22, 2014

CDPHE Section Changes

Hi all,
Over the past several months, I have been working on establishing a new structure for the STI/HIV/VH section that will help us better align our service delivery across all programs. With this, I would like to share with you several important announcements.

As most of you are aware, our HIV Care and Prevention programs are becoming increasingly aligned, with treatment and retention in care becoming an integral part of the prevention of

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Special Enrollment Periods and Life Change Events

From Boulder County AIDS Project's blog, written by Erin Dupuis

Is it possible to buy a marketplace health insurance plan outside of open enrollment? The answer is yes. If you have a qualifying event also known as a Life Change Event you can enroll in or change your health insurance plan. When a change in your life occurs, you have 30 days to report the change and 60 days to shop for insurance. So, what is considered a Life Change Event?

Monday, September 8, 2014

CDC Funding Opportunity: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for CBOs

Dear HIV Prevention Partners,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS15-1502: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations. This FOA published September 3, 2014 on www.grants.gov (please find the instructions for accessing the FOA below). 

Letters of Intent are due September 17, 2014. 

The application deadline is November 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Attached to this email are the PS15-1502 Funding Alert flyer and the PS15-1502 Pre-Application Technical Assistance Activities flyer. Please share this information with your partners.

To access the Announcement and Application Package:
1. Go to: www.grants.gov
2. Select: “Applicants” from the top menu
3. Select: “Apply for Grants”
4. Select: “Download a Grant Application Package”
5. In the “Funding Opportunity Number” box, type the number formatted as: CDC-RFA-PS15-1502

For additional information, please visit the PS15-1502 website http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/funding/announcements/ps15-1502/index.html. The website will be updated regularly with new information. Please forward all questions to CBOFOA@cdc.gov.

Thank you for your continued support!

Prevention Program Branch (PPB)
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Thursday, August 28, 2014

CDPHE Capacity Building/Training Updates

by Regina Charter

Attention HIV Prevention Contractors

  1. The first Street Smart course is full. The second Street Smart course will be conducted from October 14-17, 2014 at Z-Place. Z-Place is located at 4800 Telluride St. Denver, CO 80249. Registration information will be coming from the Street Smart Coordinator in the near future.
  2. The Mpowerment course scheduled from September 17-19, 2014 at Z-Place (address above) is full. Because so many people are travelling here from outside the Denver metro area, it was suggested that we take advantage of this opportunity and have an Evaluation Web training the day prior to Mpowerment, on September 16, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. This training will be conducted at CDPHE Main Building; DOC Room (left off the entrance doors).
  3. The MOU course currently under development, will be offered between September 18 and September 30, 2014. Once scheduled, the course will be posted on our Training Calendar. See number 5 below. 
  4. CRIS requests for three additional classes have been submitted. Expect to hear more information soon about registering for Popular Opinion Leader, Promise and Respect. We hope that we can continue to have enough participants for these classes in order to have national facilitators come to the Denver/metro area.
  5. The links to register for classes scheduled through December 31, 2014 are located at our website. While you’re registering, check out our website and register to be on our email list. Go to www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/sti-hiv; then Click on Training, Click the course, Click more details and finally Click on the registration link to Survey Monkey. The new registration system will be piloted in January, 2015. 

Thank you for your devotion and expertise to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and viral hepatitis. Please let your contract monitor know of any training, technical assistance and capacity building needs. To the best of our ability, your needs will be met in a timely manner.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

International Overdose Awareness Day - Aug 31

From the Harm Reduction Action Center:

Dear Supporters,

Did you know that August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day? Did you know 100 people die every day of overdose in the United States? Did you know there is a fatal overdose in Denver County every 36 hours?

This day is recognized around the world as a day we acknowledge individual loss and family grief for people who have suffered an overdose. It sends a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued.

Last year, we were able to garner a proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper to recognize this day as Colorado's Overdose Awareness Day, as well. See below.

We are losing too many friends and family members ... let's raise awareness about this important issue.

Join us in Denver: 
This Friday, August 29, 2014
2:30-4:00pm at the Harm Reduction Action Center 733 Santa Fe Drive (***note location change from Colfax & Broadway***)
for a candlelight vigil and moment(s) of remembrance.

See the Colorado-specific designed logo in this post. One of our family members who lost their brother to overdose had this designed. Unable to attend an event for the day? Please consider utilizing the logo below and tell folks why Overdose Awareness Day is important to you. And Post a Tribute.

Need Naloxone? We now have classes on Monday's ... join us at noon on September 8, 15, 22, or the 29th. RSVP with Lisa at Lisa.harm.reduction@gmail.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two Grant Training Opportunities in Denver

Presented by The Denver Regional Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA 

Class #1: Learn where to find the grants and how to get them.

Join us September 10-11, 2014 when Denver Regional Council of Governments hosts Grant Writing USA's two-day grant writing workshop. Attend this proven class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Beginning and experienced government and nonprofit personnel are welcome to attend. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials.

Learn more about this grant writing class.

Class #2: Learn how to stay in compliance and keep the money.

Attend this grant management training December 10-11, 2014 and you'll learn what to do after your government grants arrive. We will help you hone your grant administration skills and arm you with extensive knowledge of the compliance requirements that all grantees must meet when managing federal funds.

This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines and is again locally hosted by Denver Regional Council of Governments. Tuition is $595 and includes all materials.

Learn more about this grant management class.

Attend both classes and receive $100 off your combined tuition. Checks, cards, and purchase orders are welcome. Multi-enrollment discounts are also available.

Contacts:

Janet Darling
Grant Writing USA
888.290.6237
janet@grantwritingusa.com

Suzi Walker
Denver Regional Council of Governments
303.480.6730
swalker@drcog.org

Monday, August 18, 2014

Funding opportunity: Three RFAs from CDPHE's Amendment 35 Grants Program

The Amendment 35 Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the coordinated release of the following Requests For Applications (RFA's);
  • The Cancer Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program
  • The Health Disparities Grant Program 
  • The Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program 
We have aligned each of the three application packages to look similar and created digital application folders which include all of the required documents for each RFA. We implemented the same application timeline for all three RFA's and streamlined the process for question submissions. Our intent is that the process for each of these applications is standardized and reduces the administrative burden of the application process.

Please note that agencies must apply individually for each grant program in accordance with the guidance outlined in each individual RFA. All Applications must be received by the Department by 5:00PM Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All three RFA packages are published here.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 PM Wednesday August 20, 2014.

Letters must be received by email at cdphe_a35grantreviewcommittees@state.co.us .

If the Letter of Intent is not received by this deadline, an application will not be accepted.

​Please note, an email confirmation of receipt will be sent to everyone who submits a Letter of Intent.

If you do not receive an email confirmation of receipt​ please contact us at: 303.692.2698


Sincerely,

Mauricio Palacio, M.S.

Director, Office of Health Equity
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Monday, August 11, 2014

Funding opportunity: CCPD Grants Program RFA


The Colorado Department of Public Health's Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program has announced an RFA.

Required letter of intent due August 20, 2014

17 Fundable Strategies (listed on pages 7-10 of the RFA)
  • Health Eating and Active Living (5)
  • Cancer (3)
  • Cardiovascular Disease & Risk Factors (5)
  • Chronic Pulmonary Disease (1)
  • Cross-Cutting (3)
Three categories of competitive funding will be awarded

  • Small grants: this category will fund awards between $75,000 and $250,000 per year. Seventy-five thousand dollars is the minimum funding award for a CCPD application. No more than $2 million per year will be awarded from this funding category.
  • Large grants: this category will fund awards between $250,000 and $2 million per year. Two million dollars is the maximum funding award for a CCPD application. 
  • Innovative grants: up to $1 million per year will be awarded from this funding category. This amount could be awarded to one application or dispersed over multiple applications. This innovative work can be a stand-alone application or included within a small or large grant application, as outlined in categories 1 and 2 above.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colorado STI/HIV fact sheets by race

Non-Hispanic blacks
Non-Hispanic whites
Hispanic/Latinos
Other races

by Megan Duffy

We are continuing to develop a series of STI/HIV data fact sheets for Colorado.  These are for people in public health, physicians, community planners, and anyone who wants to use data to start a conversation, who wants to ask questions or who is curious about where we stand.  The first fact sheet was the statewide fact sheet for Colorado.  Now, we are describing geographical areas and races with a high morbidity of sexually transmitted infections.

We continue to encourage you to look carefully at these fact sheets about STIs and HIV in Colorado. You can find them along with additional data on our STI/HIV Surveillance Program Page. Tell us what is helpful, and let us know what else you need. Tell us what you think could help to prevent STIs and HIV in Colorado. Use this information to make a difference in your life and in your community!

For more information, questions or comments about the STI/HIV Fact Sheets, contact Megan.Duffy@state.co.us

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekly news and opportunities

Thank you for checking out our first weekly update. We will be bringing together the previous week's local and national news, updates and prevention opportunities in one place for your convenience. It is pretty tough to compile ALL news and opportunities, so, please, send your suggested contributions to me--benajmin.hammett@state.co.us--or Jennett--jennett.bezdek@state.co.us, and we will include them if we can.

View the full publication


In this issue:

- Revised training: Identifying and Screening for Mental Health Issues - Denver

- Job opportunity: Behavioral Scientist for the CDC's Division of STD Prevention - Closing today

- Funding opportunity: Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American - Populations

- CDPHE's Youth Partnership for Health is looking for new members

- From the CDC: Things you can do for National HIV Testing Day - June 27

- Greater than AIDS preparing for National HIV Testing Day


Let us know what you think about any of our communication efforts through email or by commenting here on the blog.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Funding opportunity from the Women's Wellness Connection

The Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund additional organizations to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured women in Colorado. Existing WWC agencies do not need to apply. Priority will be given to the following organizations:

  • Those serving special populations such as Latina/Hispanic and/or African American women.
  • Those able to serve counties where current WWC agencies are serving less than 30 percent of target population based on “WWC Percent of Target Populations Screened for Breast and cervical Cancer FY2012-2013” map.

There will be an Applicants Conference Call on June 20th, 2014 and applications are due July 11th,, 2014.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Survey to monitor stigma impacting Black/Latino gay men/MSM


Please provide your feedback if you can. Thank you for your interest!


From Bill Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD):

This month, as part of on-going efforts to explore and address community- and institution-level stigma impacting Black and Latino gay men/MSM within public health practice, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) are re-launching an updated survey assessment to continue efforts to monitor stigma in public health practice.

The information gathered from this survey will provide additional information to further health department and community efforts to reduce stigma in public health practice. You may access this brief survey by clicking here. The survey will remain open until July 21, 2014.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Launch of "Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men"

Hello all,

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) are launching “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men.” The blueprint contains 17 recommendations for reducing public health stigma that prevents Black and Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from receiving optimal health care. Health departments will receive four courtesy copies via mail to distribute across programs (i.e., HIV prevention and care, STD programs).

Through support from the MAC AIDS Fund, NASTAD and NCSD conducted a three-year study of stigma and its impact on public health practice for Black and Latino gay men/MSM. This work included a national survey of more than 1,300 respondents; the convening of a Blue Ribbon Panel of stakeholders and medical providers; the publication of “Optimal Care Checklists” for providers and for Black and Latino gay male patients; and the convening of a National Stigma Summit on Black and Latino Gay Men’s Health.
The recommendations contained in the blueprint follow many consultations with national organizations that serve Black and Latino gay men/MSM, health departments and community stakeholders. Specifically, the blueprint looks at how stigma and other social determinants impact the HIV Care Continuum for Black and Latino gay men/MSM – examining “the bar before the bars,” which explores all the issues facing these men prior to an HIV or STD diagnosis

View the full document


Mel,


Melanie S. Mattson
STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Section Chief
Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Monday, June 9, 2014

Webinar: Workshop for The Forum HIV Cure Project - June 17


Register

This workshop will be open to the public and simultaneously webcast.

On June 17, 2014, The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research will host an all-day workshop in Washington, DC at the Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center as part of an ongoing, open process to seek input from the broader HIV community on specific regulatory issues in cure research - such as acceptable risk, ethics, informed consent and appropriate populations.

The workshop is a collaboration between The Forum, NIH, and FDA, and will involve community, industry and academia.


For more information and to register either in person or for the webcast.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Webinar: Moving Black MSM along the HIV Care Continuum - June 25


Register


From Timothy P. Harrison, Ph.D., Senior Policy Adviser for the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP):

Dear Colleagues,  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Do you still need 2015 ACE Colorado HIV/AIDS Resource Directories?

The new Resource Directory is here and we have plenty of copies available for those that need them. They are free, and we can provide you with as many as you need (in reasonable amounts, of course).

The directory is a great guide for HIV positive individuals, at-risk populations, counselors, local health professionals and anyone else that could use help in navigating care. Some topics you will find in this year's guide include:

- Health Care Reform and HIV
- Linkage to Care
- What to do after you've tested positive for HIV
- Home testing for HIV
- Local testing sites and agencies

Send your request for copies of the Resource Directory to Adrianna Hervey at: adrianna.hervey@state.co.us

See acecolorado.org for an online version of the directory.

Friday, May 30, 2014

25th Denver STD/HIV Clinical Overview and Update




Please Note: This is being posted to this blog based on possible interest from our readership. A post on this blog does not equal an endorsement of the material or its authoring source. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colorado's HIV rapid testing training series registration

Please view the course descriptions below and register today!

June 24-25, 2014

HIV Risk Reduction Counseling – Denver, CO


This two-day course is designed for those who employ behavior change strategies with clients to reduce HIV risk, on a one-on-one basis. This course offers a client-centered approach to behavior change counseling. It explores highly effective skills and covers research supported methods for assisting clients in the behavior change process. This course is geared towards anyone providing one-on-one interventions. This course is required of all counseling and testing staff at CDPHE contracted CTR/CTS sites.

Prerequisite:  Completion of the “Elemental Factors” self-study course.  The “Elemental Factors” self-study materials can be requested by calling (303) 692-2752 or 1-800-886-7689 ext. 2752

Register:       https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Risk_Reduction_2014


July 21-22, 2014

Rapid Testing: How to Conduct and Integrate it with HIV Risk Reduction Counseling – Denver, CO


This two-day course is designed to help agencies implement the OraQuick Advance rapid HIV antibody test.  Participants will learn the protocols for conducting the test and will learn to assure test accuracy by conducting the test according to manufacturer's specifications and quality assurance guidelines.  Additionally, participants will review state reporting laws as well as state forms and laboratory forms associated with rapid testing.  Participants will also learn how to integrate the rapid test with their risk counseling, including how to: facilitate decision making in relation to testing, assist clients in deciding whether to test, support client readiness for testing, and give test results.  It examines the issues surrounding testing positive and increases participants' skills in eliciting their clients' concerns and to make practical referrals.

Prerequisite:  Completion of the “HIV Risk Reduction Counseling” course.

Register:      https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Rapid_Testing_2014


More training information to come! Check back here.
For more information, please contact the registration line:  303-692-2752,  cdphe.dchivinfo@state.co.us.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Funding Opportunity from CDC and DHHS

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
  • Informational conference call for potential applicants: May 30, 2014, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight time, Call-in number: 888-955-8965 (toll free), Passcode 965 8383
  • Required Letter of Intent due June 6, 2014


Monday, May 19, 2014

Stories of Coloradans living with hepatitis

Jolene is a Colorado mother who received a blood transfusion during the birth of her son. It saved her life, but it also gave her hepatitis C. Since that time our blood supply has been made more secure. Years since her initial treatment, Jolene must decide whether or not to endure a second course of treatment. Her first treatment left her depressed and in a fog, and she again will need the love of her son to continue her treatment. Jolene’s is one of ten stories about Colorado residents who have struggled with Hepatitis B and C. You can see them all on the CDPHE’s YouTube channel. 

Hepatitis B and C are silent diseases that ravage the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver disease and even death.  If you have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B or C, or know someone who has, these videos may help you see how others have dealt with their diagnosis.

If you have questions or comments about the videos or Hepatitis B and C, please contact the CDPHE's Viral Hepatitis Program at 303-692-2780.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Letter from CDC About Home Access HIV-1 Test Project


Dear Grantee:

I am writing to inform you about a new, national at-home HIV testing initiative, due to launch in the next 3 months. The at-home testing effort is part of the Scaling-up HIV Testing among African American and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM): MSM Testing Initiative (MTI), an HIV testing project funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by Abt Associates that launched in September 2011.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Best Practices in HIV Prevention: Translating Innovation into Action

From the National LGBT Health Education Center:

On September 27, 2013, the National LGBT Health Education Center hosted a summit of 15 experts to discuss the most innovative and evidence-based HIV prevention strategies and how to implement these strategies into clinical practice. The summit brought together leaders in HIV prevention research, education, policy, and community engagement to share interventions, professional experiences, and research findings, and to debate next best steps to ending the epidemic among the vulnerable populations of gay and bisexual men and transgender women.

Based on the findings from this summit, we have developed a multi-media educational course that includes the White Paper: Best Practices in HIV Prevention: Translating Innovation into Action, with accompanying videos and slides from the summit. All materials can be viewed for free and can be viewed separately or together.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why Discussing Your HIV Status is so Important

by Nancy Wolff, Comprehensive Risk Counseling Provider

Let’s face it, getting the news that you have HIV is not an easy thing to hear. It certainly doesn't build the confidence or skills needed to tell others about your status, especially those who matter most. Yet, hearing that you are positive may mean someone else didn't tell you or did not know. Now, the choice is yours, just as it was theirs, whether or not to disclose your status to others. And the same questions they didn't address are there for you to answer:

  • How do you tell past, present, or future sex and/or needle sharing partners? 
  • What health professionals do you tell? 
  • Do you have supportive family or friends with whom you can talk?  
  • And how do you do this while maintaining your relationships with others and ability to continue having a healthy sex life?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Proposed CHAPP Rule Changes for Your Review

On April 16, 2014, the Colorado Board of Health will consider changes to the rules governing operation of the Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention Grant Program (CHAPP). See our Community Involvement page for more information on CHAPP

The rule changes are driven by two objectives:


  1. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted a Performance Audit in 2013.  The final report was presented in August 2013.  A key finding was, “The scope of the Advisory Committee’s statutory responsibility and authority have been misunderstood and interpreted too broadly. As a result, the Advisory Committee’s role with respect to the Program has grown beyond the General Assembly’s intent that the Advisory Committee serve in an advisory, rather than a controlling, capacity.”  The OSA recommended and the Department agreed that, “The Department of Public Health and Environment (the Department) should clarify that the scope of the HIV and AIDS Prevention Grant Program Advisory Committee’s (the Advisory Committee) authority and responsibility with respect to the Colorado HIV and AIDS Prevention Grant Program is advisory in nature. The Department should work with the Board of Health and the Advisory Committee to revise Program rules and Advisory Committee bylaws accordingly.”

  2. In 2012, the Governor signed Executive Order D 2012-002 and called on state agencies to review rules and to consider whether each rule:
    • Is necessary and does not duplicate existing rules;
    • Is written in plain language and is easy to understand;
    • Has achieved the desired intent and whether more or less regulation is
    • necessary;
    • Can be amended to reduce any regulatory burdens while maintaining its
    • benefits; and
    • Is implemented in an efficient and effective manner, including the
    • requirements for the issuance of any permits or licenses

The draft revised rule and a comparison between the existing and proposed rule are available on our Community Involvement page.
Posting comments directly to this blog post are one method of public and stakeholder input.  Should you wish to comment by e-mail, please do so to michael.hughes@state.co.us or call Mike Hughes at 303-692-2792.

Big Week in the News for HIV/AIDS


All from the New York Times Science Section:

Early Treatment Is Found to Clear HIV in a 2nd Baby

Study Gives Hope of Altering Genes to Repel HIV


Jay Johnson of Philadelphia took part in research involving gene editing, which zeros in on a particular gene and disables it. Credit Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

Injections Providing Protection Against AIDS in Monkeys, Studies Find
Dr. David Ho, center, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University, conducted a study on an injection protocol for AIDS drugs. Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Input Needed On New Hepatitis B Recomendations

Created in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) is an independent
group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. It works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications.

Recently, the USPSTF issued draft recommendations on hepatitis B (HBV) screening for non-pregnant adolescents and adults.  Presently, only pregnant women have an HBV screening recommendation from the USPSTF at an “A” grade.  The USPSTF issued a draft “B” grade for HBV screening of populations most vulnerable to HBV infection, defined as:

Born Between 1945 and 1965?


Thursday, February 20, 2014

From CPR: Number of HIV infections down dramatically in Denver

"According to new numbers from Denver Public Health, the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Denver is the lowest it has been since the epidemic began. In fact, since a spike in the number of cases in 2005, that number has dropped by half..."

Read the full report and listen to CPR's interview with Dr. Mark Thrun, Director of HIV Prevention at Denver Public Health here

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Syringe Access Programs are Good Public Health


by Andrés Guerrero

It can seem a bit counter-intuitive, right? Some people think, “If you give people needles you are encouraging them to shoot up.” But the truth of the matter is that some people will inject drugs no matter what- that’s why it’s called an addiction. If they use syringes that are dirty, they can put themselves at risk of things like HIV and viral hepatitis. They also can unknowingly pass these infections to others like their friends, families and spouses.  The scientific evidence has consistently shown that syringe access programs (formerly called syringe exchange programs) provide a much needed link to the drug using community so they can access services such as HIV and hepatitis testing, healthcare referrals, educational information and drug treatment, while at the same  time they do NOT increase drug use.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Denver Overdose Photo Exhibition at the Capitol through 2/21

Photo by Matt Slaby in collaboration with the Harm Reduction
Action Center. Exhibit on display at the Denver Capitol through 2/21.
By Lisa Raville
Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center

-- Featured in Mother Jones. --

There is a fatal overdose every day and a half in Denver County. This is sad not only because we are losing our sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters – it is truly tragic because most overdoses are preventable with basic adjustments to how public health is administered.

The Harm Reduction Action Center invites you to stop by our upcoming photographic exhibition that illustrates the human toll of those affected by overdoses in Denver.  The exhibition will run for two weeks from February 10 - Friday, February 21, 2014 in the Rotunda on the second floor of the Capitol. The images were created by nationally recognized photographer, Matt Slaby, in conjunction with our programs and put a human face on an issue veiled in stigma and stereotype.  We invite you to learn more about how our public health strategies work to keep Denver safe and healthy.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

National Condom Month: Let's Make Condoms Work For Us


By Ben Hammett, Communication Specialist


February is National Condom Month in the U.S. Like one of our Linkage to Care coordinators, Ceasar Montoya, explained regarding National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, as public health professionals it is not enough to only be aware of these national days or months. We must use them as opportunities to advocate each others’ efforts and to find ways to make those efforts more effective. Over the coming months our STI/HIV Prevention Program will find ways to improve our condom distribution program.

Why? 

Friday, February 7, 2014

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Is About Action

By Ceasar Montoya


National Black AIDS Awareness Day is today, February 7th.  Are you aware of this date? It’s the same every year.  Similar to other AIDS awareness days, it is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and a leadership committee. The day is set aside to promote HIV awareness in communities across the U.S. So what does promoting awareness really mean, and why is it so important?  National Black AIDS Awareness Day provides opportunities for HIV testing, knowledge sharing, and spreading awareness about the disease in community friendly environments. According to the National Black AIDS Awareness Day website, the day is focused on getting educated, getting tested, getting involved and getting treated.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

STI/HIV Fact Sheet for 80204, 80219 and 80223

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By Megan Duffy

We are continuing to develop a series of STI/HIV data fact sheets for Colorado.  These will be for people in public health, physicians, community planners, and anyone who wants to use data to start a conversation, who wants to ask questions, who is curious about where we stand.  The first fact sheet was the overall Colorado fact sheet.  Now, we are describing geographical areas with a high morbidity of STIs.

We continue to encourage you to look carefully at these fact sheets about STIs and HIV in Colorado. You can find them along with additional data on our STI/HIV Surveillance Program Page Tell us what is helpful, tell us what you need. Tell us what you think could help to prevent STIs and HIV in Colorado. Use this information to make a difference in your life and in your community!

For more information, questions or comments about the STI/HIV Fact Sheets, contact Megan.Duffy@state.co.us

Thursday, January 16, 2014

STI/HIV Fact Sheet for 80205 and 80207

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By Megan Duffy

We are continually looking for new ways to present our data.  In the past, we have been asked if we have fact sheets available.  We have taken that into consideration and have started to develop a series of STI/HIV data fact sheets for Colorado.  These will be for people in public health, physicians, community planners, and anyone who wants to use data to start a conversation, who wants to asks questions, who is curious about where we stand.  The first fact sheet was the overall Colorado factsheet.  Now, we are moving into geographical areas with a high morbidity of STIs.

We continue to encourage you to look carefully at these fact sheets about STIs and HIV in Colorado. A full list of them can be found on the Surveillance Program's web page.Tell us what is helpful, tell us what you need. Tell us what you think could help to prevent STIs and HIV in Colorado. Use this information to make a difference in your life and in your community! 

For more information, questions or comments about the STI/HIV Fact Sheets, contact Megan.Duffy@state.co.us