178429 National Assessment of HIV/AIDS Surveillance Capacity and Training

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tanja Y. Walker, MPH , Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Atlanta, GA
Background: In August 2007, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) HIV/AIDS Consultancy Team administered the National Assessment of HIV/AIDS Surveillance Capacity and Training. The assessment tool was designed to identify the program structure, capacity, resources, and practices of surveillance programs nationwide.

Methods: A joint workgroup composed of a State Epidemiologist, HIV/AIDS surveillance coordinators, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) representatives developed and administered an online assessment. The assessment was completed by HIV/AIDS surveillance program coordinators for each of the 64 CDC-funded jurisdictions (50 state health departments), seven large-city health departments, and seven U.S. territories.

Results: The assessment was administered to all 64 CDC-funded HIV/AIDS surveillance programs; 89% responded to the assessment. The burden of HIV disease varies widely across funded sites, ranging from 11 to over 7,000 newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases. In 2005, surveillance programs received and average funding award of $608,591.02 to conduct Core HIV/AIDS surveillance activities. On average, surveillance programs have 7 FTEs funded to conduct Core HIV/AIDS surveillance activities. In regards to enhancing the overall skills of the surveillance program staff, 46% of programs stated that they were not able to acquire necessary resources for the past 12 month.

Conclusion: The HIV capacity assessment of CDC-funded HIV/AIDS surveillance sites is the first of its kind. The assessment results will help increase our understanding of HIV surveillance activities nationwide. CSTE will articulate, in greater detail, the resources needed to meet increasing workloads as well as identify gaps and needs for technical assistance.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the burden of HIV disease, level of funding, staffing, and current activities of surveillance programs 2. Identify the best practices and current needs to conduct quality surveillance 3. Identify how surveillance data are used to design programs and inform interventions/funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I designed the questionnaire, launched, piloted, analyzed and wrote up the results.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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