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, and we will include them if we can.

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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

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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


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


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:

See for an online version of the directory.