Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Transgender Inmate's Hormone Treatment Lawsuit Gets Justice Dept. Backing

Ashley Diamond in New York, early 2000's.
From The New York Times -

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department put the nation’s prisons and jails on notice on Friday that it regarded blanket policies prohibiting new hormone treatment for transgender inmates to be unconstitutional.

In court documents, the Justice Department backed a lawsuit brought by a prison inmate who says the state of Georgia illegally cut off the hormone treatment that she had been taking for 17 years.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April and May Training from the CDPHE

Using Social Networks: A Recruitment Strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral

April 28-29, 2015 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This two-day course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize social networks as a recruitment strategy for counseling, testing and referral, and to develop knowledge and skills needed to reach highest-risk persons, hard-to-reach communities and people living with HIV/AIDS who are unaware of their status. Participants will learn to differentiate social network strategies from other activities, explain the four phases of a strategy, and describe its ability to reach people at high risk for infection. They will also learn to draw a social network diagram and develop a plan for implementation. With these strategies, providers reach into an existing social network in which infection and/or risk behavior is present in order to identify more people at risk for HIV infection and to recruit for testing, services, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). As a strategy, it can be used in either a targeted or programmatic approach. While this class teaches social network strategies for counseling, testing and referral, it can be used to identify and bring people in for any intervention or service, including linkage to care and PrEP screening.

Visit our Training Calendar for more information and to register: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training

Fundamentals of Street Safety

May 12, 2015 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This one-day, interactive, skill-building course is for public health professionals who are involved in field work, such as Disease Intervention Specialists, visiting nurses, or community outreach workers. This course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to increase awareness for the inherent potential for violence and danger in field work. Topics include basic safety principles, assessment of environments and escalating behavior, interpersonal communication skills, and nonverbal intervention skills. Participants will use these tools to identify potentially risky situations, to improve ability to listen to intuition and to promote prevention strategies resulting in increased safety.

Visit our Training Calendar for more information and to register: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CDPHE's HIV Community Input Meeting Notes from March 20, 2015

On March 17, our HIV/STI/VH Branch held a community discussion. The agenda was based on input collected from stakeholders via an electronic survey and focused on developing strategies around communications and shared agreements for collaboratively moving forward.

Monday, April 6, 2015

From NMAC: How Do You Lead With Race ...

...When You’re Talking About the Science of HIV?
by Danielle Houston  

Scientists agree that race is a social construct,not a biological division.
Black, Latino, White, Asian, Native American or otherwise, we are all human. And yet we see huge health disparities among racial and ethnic groups. These differences affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.

In HIV, we so frequently discuss the disproportionate number of infections and fatalities in Black and Latino communities, that it’s possible we’ve lost sight of the fact that HIV is not more virulent or infectious in people of color.