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Toward the elimination of perinatal HIV transmission in the US: Working with public health departments and collaboratives

Chad J. Abresch, MEd, Perinatal HIV Project Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics, CityMatCH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Section on Child Health Policy, 982170 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-2170, 402-561-7500, cabresch@unmc.edu

Urban health departments with relatively high rates of perinatal HIV transmission can play a greater role in prevention by mobilizing community partnerships for broader, collaborative impact. This project at CityMatCH has provided technical assistance to urban health departments in sixteen communities. These communities have formed local partnerships comprised of Maternal and Child Health professionals, HIV prevention specialists, epidemiologists, community activists, and others. Four years later, 13 communities continue to have local partnerships that have assessed local opportunities for impact, created community action plans, disseminated best practices, replicated exceptional programs, published recommendations, identified lapses in services, targeted hard-to-reach populations, and delivered social marketing campaigns. This presentation will highlight some of the key lessons, best practices, and most effective tools.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to

Keywords: HIV Interventions, Perinatal Outcomes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Orasure Technologies, Inc.
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

HIV/AIDS Research Roundtable: Perinatal HIV Testing and Prevention

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA