The HIV Prevention Program coordinates the Statewide HIV Prevention Planning Group, develops and implements the Georgia HIV Prevention Plan, coordinates the HIV testing program and data reporting for the state, and provides capacity building and training for community partners and public health staff. The HIV Prevention Program also provides funding to community based organizations and public health districts throughout the state.
The HIV Prevention Program has two major funding streams, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services (SAMHSA).
CDC Funding: Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments
Through this funding opportunity, HIV Prevention has developed a “Comprehensive HIV Prevention Program,” which aims to reduce the spread of HIV among Georgians by identifying newly diagnosed HIV positive clients and those that have been previously diagnosed and identified as “Lost to Care” and link them to medical care and other supportive series (e.g., Partner Services, STD/TB screenings, mental health and substance abuse treatment/prevention).
The Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan (ECHPP)
ECHPP is a three year demonstration project for the 12 municipalities with the highest number of people living with AIDS in the United States. As part of the response to the NHAS, the ECHPP project supports the 12 Cities Project which is directed by the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS). The Atlanta ECHPP focuses on developing and enhancing strategies to address HIV and AIDS in the Atlanta MSA. ECHPP incorporates a combination of initiatives related to scaling up certain activities including HIV testing in clinical and non-clinical settings, linking HIV positive persons to care and treatment services, medical and treatment adherence interventions for person who are HIV positive, partner services and condom distribution. ECHPP also includes activities that address individuals who are HIV negative and at high risk of infection.
CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, and HHS Funding
Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund for the Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project
September 30, 2012 – September 29, 2015
CAPUS is a 3-year cross-agency demonstration project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the project is to reduce HIV and AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States. The primary goals of the project are to:
- Increase the proportion of racial and ethnic minorities with HIV who have diagnosed infection by expanding and improving HIV testing capacity; and
- Optimize linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement with care and prevention services for newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed racial and ethnic minorities with HIV.
Georgia’s CAPUS Project is exploring new, more efficient, and more effective systems to improve HIV testing, linkage to and retention in care, and antiretroviral adherence, specifically targeted toward highest risk minority populations. This approach will be informed by interventions to address certain social determinants of health that fuel the HIV epidemic, especially stigma toward African-American men who have sex with men.
Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) for Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE)
The purpose of the MAI-TCE program is to facilitate the development and expansion of a culturally competent and effective integrated behavioral health and primary care network, which includes HIV services and medical treatment, within racial and ethnic minority communities. This project is also part of the response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and supports the 12 Cities Project which is directed by HHS.
As a result, Georgia DPH created “Atlanta CHANGE.” The vision of Atlanta CHANGE is to formalize existing relationships among HIV/AIDS provider agencies into a consortium of community based health and primary care programs. The goal of the consortium is to provide coordinated and integrated multidisciplinary services for individuals from underserved communities living with HIV/AIDS and a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder. The expected outcomes for the program include reducing the impact of behavioral health problems, HIV risk and incidence, and HIV-related health disparities in these areas. As the incidence of HIV/AIDS increases among racial and ethnic minority populations, the need for substance abuse and mental health services increases as well. This program aims to ensure that individuals who are at high risk for or have a mental and/or substance use disorder and who are most at risk for or are living with HIV/AIDS have access to and receive appropriate behavioral health services (including prevention and treatment), HIV/AIDS care and medical treatment in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings (that may include infectious disease or other HIV specialty providers).
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