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Florida's State Opioid Response Project (DCF)

Florida’s State Opioid Response Project (DCF)*

Florida’s State Opioid Response (SOR) Project is a federal grant administered through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Florida’s SOR project implements a comprehensive approach to addressing opioid and stimulant misuse, disorders, and overdoses. The populations of focus are uninsured and underinsured individuals who misuse stimulants (including cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription stimulants) or opioids, and individuals diagnosed with an opioid or stimulant use disorder. The overarching goal of the project is to reduce numbers and rates of opioid-caused deaths. A major objective is to increase access to the most effective treatments for opioid and stimulant use disorders, including increased admissions to buprenorphine or methadone maintenance treatment. . . .

I Save FL - Resources for people who misuse drugs and for their loved ones

I Save FL*

Learn more about Florida’s resources for people who misuse drugs and for their loved ones.

Free Naloxone

Florida Department Of Health In Miami-Dade County Providing Lifesaving Naloxone To Reduce Substance Abuse Deaths

November 2, 2022: Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) is announcing the availability of free Naloxone (Narcan) Nasal Spray kits. This lifesaving medication could reduce thousands of substance abuse deaths across the state. Naloxone is available to people who use drugs, people with a history of drug use, others at risk of experiencing an overdose, friends, family members, and others who may witness an overdose. Kits consist of two Naloxone nasal sprays that are administered even without a health care professional present . . . Contact: Office of Communication, (786) 336-1276.

Fentanyl FAQs

Fentanyl Poster

Florida Department of Children and Families Public Safety Alert: Fentanyl Kills – Signs of overdoes; what to do; where to get help.

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Resources

Intersection Between Substance Use Disorder & HIV

Intersection Between Substance Use Disorder & HIV* 

Crosspost from adapadvocacyassociation.blogspot.com. By: Ranier Simons, ADAP Blog Guest Contributor. Drug use and drug abuse intersect many aspects of the health journey of substance users and those with substance use disorders. This includes HIV. The complex intersection of HIV and drug use affects HIV acquisition, treatment, and spread. To create solutions with the goal of better health outcomes for those dealing with HIV and substance abuse issues, it is necessary to research and understand how drug use affects the HIV trajectory. It is equally important to understand the barriers in place that hinder effective outreach and care. . .

SAMHSA Resources

SAMHSA Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders

New SAMHSA Guide Highlights HIV Prevention and Treatment for People with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders* The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders, a guidebook that addresses the co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness and/or substance use disorder and reviews effective programs and practices to prevent HIV and, for those with HIV, to increase linkage and retention to care in order to improve health outcomes. (February 2021)

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Events

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February 2024

February 26: Community Coalition

February 29: HIV is Not a Crime Day Event at Simply Healthcare

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

March 2024

March 17-19: AIDS Watch, “We’re In This Together”

March 17-19, 2024: AIDS Watch* (Washington, DC) Each year AIDSWatch brings together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies in Washington, D.C., to learn about the latest policy issues, messaging strategy and advocacy tactics. And we will keep returning, until we have succeeded in ending the HIV epidemic.

Register Now!*

March 22: HIV Capacity Development Academy - Session 3 of 3

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

April 2024

April 12-13, 2024: The 14th International Workshop on HIV & Women

April 12-13, 2024: The 14th International Workshop on HIV & Women* (Washington DC) The format of the workshop enables attendees to learn from world-leading HIV experts and discuss the issues, gaps, and opportunities for further learning and research.

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

May 2024

May 29-June 2, 2024 The NAESM National Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice

May 29-June 2, 2024 The NAESM National Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice* (St. Louis, MO) Initially birthed as an HIV-focused event, the conference contextualizes the Black MSM HIV epidemic within a broader health disparities, social justice, and human rights framework—a recognition that getting ahead of this disease requires addressing the social determinants and social context of health.

May 29-31: SYNC2024: HealthHIV, HealthHCV, and the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health (Washington, DC)

Synchronicity: A one of a kind experience.*

Organized by HealthHIV, HealthHCV, and the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health, this one-of-a-kind national conference connects dynamic healthcare and public health audiences to effectively address HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), LGBTQ+ health, harm reduction, and health equity.

SYNC2024 features six tracks: HIV Prevention, HIV Treatment, Viral Hepatitis, Harm Reduction, STIs, and LGBTQ Health.

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

June 2024

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

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July 2024

July 22-26, 2024: AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference

July 22-26, 2024: AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference* (Munich, Germany and virtually) AIDS 2024 will convene thousands of people living with, affected by and working on HIV to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt from the HIV response over the past 40 years, as well as from the responses to COVID-19, mpox and other public health threats. AIDS 2024 in Munich, Germany, and virtually will provide a powerful platform to strategically align around a unified and equitable response to the pandemic. It will signal to the world that the HIV response is united behind an evidence-based approach that puts people first.

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

August 2024

August 20-23, 2024: 2024 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

August 20-23, 2024: 2024 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment*

Innovating to End the HIV Epidemic: Empowering Communities, Expanding Partnerships, Implementing Interventions

Welcome Letter*  Welcome to the Hybrid 2024 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment . . .

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

September 2024

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

October 2024

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

November 2024

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

 December 2024

Tuesdays: UM/JMH Adult Patient Education Program

Classes are on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only (due to space) at 1120 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33136.

Contact Nestor Chardon at (305) 243-8872 or e-mail nchardon@med.miami.edu to schedule appointment.

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Grants and Funding

All deadline dates are subject to change. See the complete text for details and updates.

February 2024

CDC Funding Opportunity Focused on Improving the Quality of Life of People with HIV Aged 50+ (Deadline 02/26/24)

Access the application and additional details at Grants.gov.*

CDC has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to support investigator-driven research to explore and identify factors related to quality of life (QOL) for persons with HIV aged 50 years and older (PWH50+). QOL has been recognized as an important aspect of health for people with HIV. Applicants are expected to conceive, design, develop, direct, and conduct formative qualitative and mixed method research to explore factors that impact QOL for PWH50+, translate findings into strategies to improve QOL for PWH50+, assess strategies for acceptability with PWH50+ and/or their HIV service providers, and disseminate findings to organizations and partners serving PWH50+. Findings from the research supported by this NOFO are expected to contribute towards improving QOL for people with HIV.

Applications are due February 26, 2024.

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March 2024

HHS NIH Multidisciplinary Research to Accelerate Hepatitis B Cure in Persons Living with HIV and HBV (Deadline 03/13/24)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Multidisciplinary Research to Accelerate Hepatitis B Cure in Persons Living with HIV and HBV* 

The purpose of this program is to support research to better understand the impact of host and viral heterogeneity on pathogenesis of disease, viral persistence, and immunopathology of Hepatitis B (HBV) and inform cure strategies for HBV in people living with HIV (PLWH). Applicants will establish multidisciplinary teams that span the clinical and basic/translational research arenas and establish an observational cohort to accelerate discovery and increase clinical impact. Eligibility is limited to city, township, county, special district, and state governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; independent school districts; private, public, and state controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits; for-profit organizations; small businesses; public/Indian housing authorities; eligible agencies of the federal government; U.S. Territory or Possession; non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities (foreign institutions); non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. organizations; and foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Award Ceiling: N/A.

Deadline Date: 2024-03-13

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP) (Deadline 03/22/24)

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP)*

Join the technical assistance webinar on January 17 at 3:30pm EST* to learn about this funding opportunity.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings using telehealth technology. HRSA will award approximately $8.75 million to up to 25 grantees over a period of five years.

Eligible applicants shall be domestic public or private, non-profit, or for-profit entities that demonstrate they will provide services through a telehealth network. This includes faith-based, tribal, and community-based organizations. Please view the funding opportunity* on grants.gov for complete eligibility information.

Closing Date for Applications: March 22, 2024

 

2024 Black Church Equality Fellowship (BCEF) (Deadline 03/22/24)

2024 Black Church Equality Fellowship (BCEF)

In partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street, Pride in the Pews is pleased to offer the 2024 Black Church Equality Fellowship (BCEF). The BCEF is a distinguished nationwide
leadership development program for Black faith leaders committed to advancing congregation-based programmatic initiatives that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion. Selected Black faith leaders will receive a $4,000 grant, 1-on-1 consulting support, ongoing learning opportunities, and two all-expenses-paid trips to Chicago for mandatory cohort convenings. The grants will present Black congregations with the opportunity to facilitate community-wide learning opportunities that bridge the gap between the Black Church and the LGBTQ+ community.

Timeline: All grants will be awarded in the winter on a rolling basis until February 16, 2024. The grant implementation period will commence in March 2024 and conclude in December 2024.

Required Meetings

  • Cohort Launch in Chicago | Wednesday, March 20, 2024 – Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Virtual Grantee Meetings| April, May, June, September, October (one, 1.5-hour virtual meeting in each of the listed months, specific dates and times TBD)

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April 2024

Supporting People with HIV as Leaders in HIV Systems of Care (Deadline 04/01/24)

On behalf of HAB’s Division of Policy and Data, we are excited to announce a special funding opportunity for the Supporting People with HIV as Leaders in HIV Systems of Care* (HRSA-24-055). This program is focused on supporting leadership development and enhancing meaningful engagement for people with HIV in health care planning and programs inclusive of RWHAP-funded organizations. This funding opportunity solicits applications for one entity to help meet this goal and accomplish the following program objectives:

  1. Increase leadership capacity, representation, and engagement of people with HIV in RWHAP planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and clinical quality management activities.
  2. Develop skills and support knowledge transfer through peer learning for people with HIV.
  3. Support the readiness of people with HIV to meaningfully engage in activities that impact HIV systems of care and operations.

The application period closes on Monday, April 1st. The full announcement is posted on the HRSA grants website. HRSA will host an applicant technical assistance webinar on February 15, 2024 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET.

NCHHSTP Epidemiologic and Economic Modeling for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB (Deadline 04/08/24)

NCHHSTP Epidemiologic and Economic Modeling for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB *

This notice of funding opportunity announcement will support modeling of disease dynamics and advanced data analytics to inform and improve HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, TB, and adolescent health interventions and programs. Epidemiologic and economic models have long been a part of NCHHSTP’s emphasis on data use for program improvement. Over the past 10 years, the Center has harnessed extramural collaborations to strengthen the use of data for understanding the efficiency, outcomes, impact, and cost-effectiveness of programs, policies, and activities. Prior modeling efforts by NCHHSTP and collaborators has provided insights into the development of guidelines, program strategy, needs assessment, and informed piloting, implementation and scale-up of programs. This announcement will build on the success of prior modeling efforts by continuing to enhance existing models that guide informed decision-making, provide tools and data for prioritizing public interventions and programs, and to guide the allocation of scarce program resources. The cooperative agreement will also expand the use of advanced data analytics using predictive models, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as allow for the development and implementation of research based on these modeling and advanced data analytic projects in alignment with NCHHSTP-related public health priorities. Scientifically valid models can help CDC to fulfill its mission of supporting federal, state, and local partners and increase the prevention effectiveness of public health interventions. This mechanism allows NCHHSTP to strengthen its capacity to conduct scientifically valid models of public health interventions and programs for HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, TB, and adolescent health.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program (Deadline 04/16/24)

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program*

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Capacity Development Program. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizational capacity to respond to the changing health care landscape and increase access to high-quality HIV primary health care services for low-income and underserved people with HIV. Funding will support one short-term activity that can be completed by the end of the one-year period of performance. You may propose an expansion of an activity previously supported under FY 2022 or FY 2023 RWHAP Part C Capacity Development Program funding (HRSA-22-019; HRSA-23-052) or RWHAP Part D Supplemental funding (HRSA-22-037; HRSA-22-156: HRSA-23-050) for either an HIV Care Innovation or Infrastructure Development activity; however, HRSA will not fund the same activity in FY 2024 as HRSA funded previously in FY 2022 or FY 2023. If the proposed project is an expansion of a previously funded activity, you must provide a clear rationale for how the proposed activity builds upon and furthers the objectives of the previously funded HIV Care Innovation or Infrastructure Development activity. You may select only one (1) activity under the selected category.

Deadline 04/16/2024

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August 2024

High Priority HIV and Substance Use Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (Deadline 08/02/24)
 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support high priority research at the intersection of HIV and substance use. This FOA invites innovative research projects with the potential to open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention, treatment and cure of HIV among people who use drugs (PWUD). Applications submitted under this FOA are required to have a detailed research plan, preliminary data, and a clear description of the nexus with substance use. This FOA is open to both individual researchers and research teams and includes all areas of research from basic science to clinical and implementation research. All studies must focus on NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities: NOT-OD-20-018: UPDATE: NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding.
 
Engaging Survivors of Sexual Violence and Trafficking in HIV and Substance Use Disorder Services (Expiration Date 08/05/24)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Engaging Survivors of Sexual Violence and Trafficking in HIV and Substance Use Disorder Services*

The purpose of this program is to support exploratory research and preliminary interventions to address the interrelated and compounding contextual factors that contribute to substance use and HIV risk among survivors of sex trafficking. This would be accomplished through research that builds new interventions and models of care that can effectively engage survivors of sex trafficking in care for substance use disorder (SUD), HIV, trauma, and other mental health outcomes and addresses key structural and social determinants of health that contribute to risk for sexual trafficking, as well as barriers to and facilitators of escaping continued exploitation. Eligibility is limited to city, township, county, special district, and state governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; independent school districts; private, public, and state controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits; for-profit organizations; small businesses; public/Indian housing authorities; eligible agencies of the federal government; faith-based or community-based organizations; non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities (foreign institutions); non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. organizations; foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement; regional organizations; and U.S. Territory or Possession

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November 2024

NIDA REI: Reaching Equity at the Intersection of HIV and Substance Use: Novel Approaches to Address HIV Related Health Disparities in Underserved Racial and/or Ethnic Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (Deadline 11/14/24)

NIDA REI: Reaching Equity at the Intersection of HIV and Substance Use: Novel Approaches to Address HIV Related Health Disparities in Underserved Racial and/or Ethnic Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

his Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a part of NIDAs Racial Equity Initiative (REI), a multi-year, multi-pronged effort to eliminate racial inequities in NIDAs workplace, scientific workforce, and research portfolio. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate new observational and intervention research on structural factors, organizational practices, policies, and other social, cultural, and contextual influences that lead to inequities at the intersection of HIV and substance use among underserved racial/ethnic populations affected by persistent HIV disparities. Research that addresses the multiple dimensions of individuals identity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity) and social systems as they intersect with one another is encouraged.

Link to Additional Information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-23-061.html*

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Deadlines 2025 through 2027

HHS NIH Addressing the Impact of Syndemics on the Health of People with HIV and Diseases and Conditions within the Missions of NIDDK and NHLBI (Deadline 03/20/25)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Addressing the Impact of Syndemics on the Health of People with HIV and Diseases and Conditions within the Missions of NIDDK and NHLBI*

The purpose of this program is to support research projects that seek solutions to the development, exacerbation, and ineffective management of co-occurring conditions in marginalized communities of People with HIV (PWH). Projects must be based on a syndemics (synergistic epidemic) framework with a focus on the impact of racism, marginalization, discrimination, and/or stigma and their inter-relationships with social and structural risks. Projects may use mechanistic interventional approaches, policy/program evaluation studies, or epidemiology studies that build the evidence base to support improved equity and outcomes. Eligibility is limited to city, township, county, special district, and state governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; independent school districts; private, public, and state controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits; for-profit organizations; small businesses; public/Indian housing authorities; eligible agencies of the federal government; U.S. Territory or Possession; faith-based or community-based organizations; regional organizations; and foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Award Ceiling: $500,000.

Deadline Date: 2025-03-20

NIH Funding Opportunities Focused on Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV and Aging (Submission dates through 02/05/27)

View the R01 NOFO* or view the R21 NOFO.*

NIH has issued a pair of NOFOs that invite applications at the intersection of HIV and aging that propose research that aims to meet the following objectives:

  1. Improve the understanding of biological, clinical, and socio-behavioral aspects of aging through the lens of HIV infection and its treatment; and
  2. Improve approaches for testing, preventing, and treating HIV infection and managing HIV-related comorbidities, co-infections, and complications in different populations and cultural settings by applying current aging science approaches.

Supporting multidisciplinary studies of HIV and aging is consistent with the mission of multiple NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs). Ten ICOs are supporting this NOFO, each with its own specific research interests to which researchers can tailor applications.

The earliest application submission date is May 5, 2024.

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Scholarships and Other Funding

Gilead HIV Research Scholars

Gilead HIV Research Scholars*  The Research Scholars Program supports innovative basic and clinical research from emerging investigators around the world to incorporate new perspectives in our pursuit of scientific understanding and progress. We believe that new voices and research topics are needed to advance scientific knowledge in areas of unmet medical need and create a healthier world. . . The Research Scholars Program is actively working towards reducing potential barriers to entry and success for applicants from population groups who are typically underrepresented in research. Award selections are made without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression.

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Headlines

ALERT! Florida’s New Immigration Law (SB 1718)

 

 

 

Please share this information widely within our community.

We have been informed that Florida’s new immigration law (SB 1718) requires reporting of services provided to undocumented people who receive medical care in state-funded hospitals and emergency rooms (ER). Ryan White Program services are not affected by this law and remain open to low-income and undocumented people with HIV with no such reporting requirements. Please note the following regarding this new law, which is effective July 1, 2023:

  • No client/patient identifying information or protected health information (PHI) can be reported.  Names, addresses, health status, etc. are not reported.
  • This new law DOES NOT impact free clinics, primary care providers, or medical specialists. Only hospitals that accept Medicaid are affected.
  • This new law DOES NOT allow hospitals to refuse care to anyone based on their immigration status. ⇨ The person cannot be denied service.
  • The state-funded hospital or ER must ask patients (on the admissions or registration form) if they are lawfully present in the United States. HOWEVER, this new law DOES NOT require patients to answer the immigration status question to receive care. ⇨ The person can decline (refuse) to answer the “lawfully present” question.
  • Reports will include the number of undocumented people receiving the hospital or ER-based services (admissions and visits) and the total dollar amount of the uncompensated care provided. Reports must be sent quarterly to the Agency for Health Care Administration (Florida Medicaid), who reports annually to the Governor and Florida Legislature.
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Support People with HIV

How Can You Help Someone Who Has Been Newly Diagnosed with HIV?* (HIV.gov) There are many things you can do to support a friend or loved one who has been recently diagnosed. Click here* to find out more.

What To Say When Someone Says They Have HIV* (Huffington Post) By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – If a friend or partner tells you that they have HIV, you might be unsure how to respond. But you don’t need to know all of the scientific terminology and latest data on HIV to offer comfort and support. Depending on the specific situation and tone, click here* for five things that you might consider saying when someone tells you their HIV status.

New Florida CHARTS Data

September 27, 2023

New Data from the HIV Surveillance Unit within the Bureau of Communicable Diseases.  Routine interstate deduplication review for the 2022 HIV data and can now provide you with a brief update on the state of the HIV epidemic in Florida. This updated information is published on Florida (FL) Health CHARTS.

Posted on September 27, 2023

HIV Diagnoses among U.S. Hispanics: Trends and Inequities

September 14, 2023

HIV Diagnoses among U.S. Hispanics: Trends and Inequities Hispanic Equity Briefs (September 2023) Institute for Latinx Health Equity and Latino Commission on AIDS.  Over the past decades, state and local HIV prevention efforts, including Ending the Epidemic strategies, led to notable reductions in new HIV diagnoses across various subpopulations. However, this progress has been uneven. In some states, the number of new diagnoses has decreased more slowly for Hispanics compared to the whole population . . .

Posted on September 14, 2023

New Ending the HIV Epidemic Infographic!

September 14, 2023

New EHE Infographic!* HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) has a new infographic that highlights 2021 data from the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative. The infographic presents national data on people served by HAB EHE-funded providers in 2021. In 2021, HAB EHE-funded providers served 22,413 people with HIV new to care and 15,318 people estimated to be re-engaged in care. HAB EHE recipients are implementing proven, promising, and innovative strategies and services to link and engage people with HIV in care so that they can reach optimal HIV outcomes, which significantly reduces new HIV infections in the U.S. More tools!*

 

 

 

Posted on September 14, 2023

33 Years of the Ryan White Program

HRSA.gov* compiled a retrospective of the Ryan White Program on the 30th anniversary.  Three years later, the program continues to provide essential medical and support service to people with HIV.  30 Years of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program*  “August 18, 2020, marked the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. This landmark legislation created the largest Federal program focused exclusively on providing care and treatment services to people with HIV, called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.”

Posted on August 18, 2023

Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV

Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV* (HIV.gov Clinical Info) The information in the brief version is excerpted directly from the full-text guidelines. The brief version is a compilation of the tables and boxed recommendations.

Posted on June 14, 2023

Archives 2022

Posted December 15, 2022

  • World AIDS Day 2022 at NIH: Reflecting on the Progress and Promise of HIV/AIDS Research* (HIV.gov, December 15, 2022) On December 1, 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) commemorated World AIDS Day by highlighting past advances and potential breakthroughs in care and health outcomes made possible by HIV/AIDS research. In a virtual public event, NIH facilitated a compelling discussion about recent progress in HIV/AIDS research and the promise of future studies. The event was organized by the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), which also coordinates NIH’s HIV/AIDS research portfolio . . .

Posted December 9, 2022

  • The 2022-2026 Miami-Dade County Integrated HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Plan was submitted to HRSA on November 28, 2022.  The 2022-26 Integrated Plan incorporates the goals and objectives of  local, state, and national initiatives to achieve the national HIV goal, “Reducing the number of new HIV infections in the US by 75% by 2025, and then by at least 90% by 2030.” Specifically, this Plan is a comprehensive update of the 2017-21 Integrated Plan and fully incorporates the 2021 Ending the HIV Epidemic Jurisdictional Plan, and the Getting to Zero and other jurisdictional needs assessments and targeted community initiatives. Administration (AHCA; i.e., Medicaid); and others.

Posted November 21, 2022

Posted November 4, 2022

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  • Florida Department Of Health In Miami-Dade County Providing Lifesaving Naloxone To Reduce Substance Abuse Deaths  Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) is announcing the availability of free Naloxone (Narcan) Nasal Spray kits. This lifesaving medication could reduce thousands of substance abuse deaths across the state. Naloxone is available to people who use drugs, people with a history of drug use, others at risk of experiencing an overdose, friends, family members, and others who may witness an overdose. Kits consist of two Naloxone nasal sprays that are administered even without a health care professional present . . . Contact: Office of Communication, (786) 336-1276.

Posted November 3, 2022

  • For Providers on Telehealth.HHS.gov: New Telebehavioral Health Care Best Practice Guide*  Telehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care. Behavioral health – like other areas of health care – has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is now easier for mental health providers to offer and get reimbursed for telebehavioral health services. Telehealth can also make behavioral health services safer and more private and convenient for patients who can access care from their home. Find resources in the telebehavioral health best practice guide on getting started, developing a strategy, billing, preparing patients, and more.

Posted September 22, 2022

  • Issue Brief: Status Neutral HIV Care and Service Delivery Eliminating Stigma and Reducing Health Disparities* (CDC.gov) Today, powerful HIV prevention and treatment tools can keep people healthy and help end the HIV epidemic. Combining these tools in a status neutral approach can help people maintain their best health possible, while also improving outcomes in HIV prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment. A status neutral approach to HIV-related service delivery aims to deliver high-quality, culturally affirming health care and services at every engagement, supporting optimal health for people with and without HIV. This approach is especially important now to reduce the unacceptably high number of annual HIV infections and help close the persistent gaps along the HIV prevention and care continuum, which indicate that not enough people are being engaged or retained in HIV prevention and treatment.

Posted September 20, 2022

  • HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Observes HIV and Aging Awareness Day*  On Sunday, September 18, we will observe National HIV and Aging Awareness Day. According to the 2020 RWHAP Annual Client-Level Data Report, 47.9 percent of RWHAP clients are aged 50 and older. Viral suppression rates among clients receiving RWHAP medical care were 92.9 percent for RWHAP clients aged 50 years and older, which is higher than the national RWHAP average of 89.4 percent. Read a recent TargetHIV blog post* to learn more about this population and RWHAP services and resources designed to meet their needs.

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Posted July 28, 2022

  • CDC Awards Funding for Transgender Status-Neutral Community-to-Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic* (HIV.gov – July 13, 2022)  At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a total of $2 million in first-year funding to four organizations to develop models for community-to-clinic, status-neutral HIV prevention and care services for transgender persons. Click here* to read the complete HIV.gov blog post.  The four funding recipients are:

    • St. John’s Community Health in Los Angeles, CA

    • Care Resource Community Health Center in Miami, FL

    • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York, NY

    • Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC

  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Compass Dashboard*  The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Compass Dashboard provides users an opportunity to interact with and visualize the reach, impact, and outcomes of the RWHAP. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) developed the RWHAP Compass Dashboard to support data utilization to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. By advancing users’ ability to interact with and utilize RWHAP program data, the dashboard supports HRSA HAB’s vision of optimal HIV/AIDS care and treatment for all.

Posted July 20, 2022

  • Recognizing the Importance of People-First Language (Gilead)  Using inappropriate or inaccurate language to describe people living with HIV increases the amount of stigma and stress they can experience. One way to address stigma is to use people-first language, which is language that puts a person before a diagnosis, describing what a person “has” rather than asserting what a person “is.” Click to learn more.

Posted July 1, 2022

  • Imagine Ending HIV. It’s Possible.* New Campaign to Promote EHE! Just launched! Technical Assistance Provider innovation network (TAP-in) national campaign to inspire the HIV workforce to end the HIV epidemic by reducing the number of new HIV infections by 90% by 2030. The #ImagineEndingHIV campaign aims to improve staff’s leadership capacity and to support local health department leaders, teams, and partners from the 47 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program jurisdictions to implement innovative interventions along the HIV care continuum. Visit targethiv.org/imagine* for all the campaign resources!

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Posted June 28, 2022

  • Florida Department of Health, HIV Section Notice On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the Florida Department of Health convened a roundtable with state agencies and state associations to obtain buy-in at the state level for the expansion of routine HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis screening within acute care settings and hospital emergency departments. The objectives of the roundtable were to: 1. Discuss the current state of the Gilead Sciences Frontlines of Communities in the United States (FOCUS) and plans for expansion and sustainability of current model; 2. Discuss barriers and challenges to expansion; and 3. Identify stakeholder champions to assist with future expansion and sustainability implementation.  A brief summary report of the roundtable will be forthcoming and will also be shared on this page.

Posted May 19, 2022

  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Programs*

    • Tenants’ Equal Justice Clinic (Hybrid – Remote / Zoom)  Monday – Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Designed for volunteer attorneys to give free legal advice to low-income individuals whose landlord has not returned a security deposit or clients who are living in unsuitable, unsafe or unhealthy living  conditions. Attorneys assist with initiating pro se Small Claims Court case or drafting letters to assist the client in curing legal issues that impede stable housing or habitability. Types of cases: Security Deposit; Prohibited Practices.

    • Consumer Equal Justice Clinic (Hybrid – Remote / Zoom)  Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Attorneys will give free legal advice and brief service to low-income individuals who face abusive debt collection problems. The clinic will see clients who are being sued and clients who have not yet been sued. Types of cases: Collection issues for credit card debt; Medical debt; Auto loan deficiencies; Collector harassment; Identity theft fraud; Credit reporting errors; and Student loan debt issues.

    • Space Is Limited and Registration Is Required. Apply online anytime: www.legalservicesmiami.org*; Apply by phone: (305) 576-0080

Posted May 12, 2022

  • Affordable Connectivity Program* Stay Connected! The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.  If your household is eligible, you could receive:

    • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service

    • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

    • A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP

Posted May 5, 2022

Posted March 28, 2022

  • Hepatitis A Update, March 21, 2022 Florida Department of Health statement: Florida is observing ongoing transmission of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among certain populations in communities in Florida. Between October 1, 2021 and March 19, 2022, 103 hepatitis A cases were reported across 20 counties. Of these new cases, 84 percent were reported in males and most of these individuals were not up to date on their hepatitis A vaccination or their vaccine status was unknown.

Posted March 25, 2022

Posted March 17, 2022

  • The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is pleased to announce the creation of the new Viral Hepatitis and Outbreak Response Section (VHORS) thus elevating viral hepatitis and outbreak response activities within the Bureau. Previously, viral hepatitis (Hep B and Hep C) prevention and surveillance were part of the Bureau’s STD Section. Click here for details and key contacts.

Posted March 14, 2022

  • HIV Care Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic as Perceived by Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups Served by the Ryan White Program, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Mary Jo Trepka, MD, MSPH, etal.  The Ryan White Program (RWP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida made several modifications to keep HIV care accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding telehealth services, increasing access to HIV medications, and waiving required lab tests for service recertification. We assessed ease of access to medical providers, medical case managers, and antiretroviral medications during the COVID-19 Pandemic among 298 Non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, and Haitian people with HIV (PWH) served by the RWP Part A, Miami-Dade County, Florida using a telephone-administered survey between October 2020 and January 2021. Overall, most clients reported similar or better access compared to before the Pandemic. Use of videocalls to communicate with HIV medical providers varied by race/ethnicity: Hispanics (49.6%), Non-Hispanic Blacks (37.7%), and Haitian clients (16.0%). Results suggest the modifications helped maintain access to care during an unprecedented health crisis. Permanently adopting many of these modifications should be considered to continue to facilitate access to care.

Posted March 10, 2022

Posted February 16, 2022

  • HRSA Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day During Black History Month (HIV.gov)* Over the past 10 years, the RWHAP has made important progress in reducing health disparities among people with HIV. In 2020, a record-high 86.7% of Black/African American clients receiving care through the RWHAP were virally suppressed. This means they have an undetectable viral load and effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. . .

Posted February 3, 2022

  • Status Neutral Approach Resources

Posted January 25, 2022

  • ONAP Listening Session on HIV Criminalization* (HIV.gov)  On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) convened a virtual listening session on HIV criminalization laws. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) calls for repeal and reform of state HIV criminalization laws as a strategy to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination and the complex barriers they pose for people with or who experience risk for HIV.

Posted January 4, 2022

  • Statement—NIH Celebrates FDA Approval of Long-Acting Injectable Drug for HIV Prevention* (Cross-posted from NIAID Newsroom) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its first approval of a long-acting HIV prevention medication. Developed by ViiV Healthcare, the medicine is long-acting cabotegravir injected once every two months. FDA has approved the medicine for use by adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kilograms who are at risk of sexually acquiring HIV. This milestone marks a vital expansion of biomedical HIV prevention options available to people in the United States . . .

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Posted December 22, 2021
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Gender-Affirming Care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program*  (hab.hrs.gov) Transgender people with HIV are a priority for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). While viral suppression rates among transgender clients receiving medical care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) are higher than the national non-RHWAP average, we understand that the transgender community faces unique barriers in HIV care. . .

Posted December 16, 2021

  • Extended Hours at CAN Community Health
  • Collaborate with Scale It Up Florida* A Youth-Focused Learning Health Community whose aim is to:
    • Understand health and social-related needs of the populations of local, state, and community levels
    • Create a pipeline of available resources that promote health equity in underserved populations
    • Promote bi-directional learning across different sectors that work to keep young people health throughout the state
    • Decrease the number of adolescents contracting HIV, link and retain youth in care that are living with HIV, and improve workforce development effort to better serve high risk and HIV+ youth
    • Click here* for the Scale It Up Florida website.

Posted December 1, 2021

  • A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2021* HIV.gov, Cross-posted from The White House Briefing Room.  While we have made remarkable progress in the 40 years since the first-known reported case of AIDS, this disease remains a serious public health challenge — and we join the international community to honor and remember the more than 36 million people, including 700,000 Americans, who have tragically died from AIDS-related illness since the start of the epidemic. We also renew our commitment to stand with the nearly 38 million people living with HIV around the world as we pursue our shared goal of ending the HIV epidemic.
  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States 2022–2025  NHAS Vision: The United States will be a place where new HIV infections are prevented, every person knows their status, and every person with HIV has high-quality care and treatment, lives free from stigma and discrimination, and can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstance.

Posted November 4, 2021

Posted October 14, 2021

  • Adherence 2021 Poster: Access to HIV medical care providers for Ryan White Program clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons learned  Trepka MJ (1), Ward M (1), Sheehan DM (1), Gbadamosi SO (1), Ibarra C (1), Li T (1), Ibañez GE (1), Jean-Gilles M (1), Ladner R (2); 1. Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA, 2. Behavioral Science Research Corporation, Miami, FL, USA.
  • Equity Matters: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Are Now Available on AHEAD* (HIV.gov) HHS recently added social determinants of health (SDOH) to America’s Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD). The addition of these data assists Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) stakeholders as they develop more comprehensive and data-driven plans of action to serve and meet the diverse needs of their jurisdictions.

Posted October 7, 2021

  • Treating Anal Cancer Precursor Lesions Reduces Cancer Risk for People With HIV  Groundbreaking National Clinical Trial Halted Due to Therapy’s High Success Rates
    Treating precursor anal cancer lesions can significantly reduce the risk of progression to full blown anal cancer among people living with HIV, according to results of a large, phase 3 study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. In a randomized clinical trial with 4,446 participants, known as the Anal Cancer/HSIL Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) study, researchers found that by removing high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL), chances of progression to anal cancer were significantly reduced. The trial is the first to show such findings and was performed at 21 clinical sites around the United States. Results are being prepared for peer-reviewed publication and are being shared now because of the public health importance of the findings.  Click here for the complete Press Release.

Posted September 28, 2021

  • HealthHIV’s Annual State of Aging and HIV National Survey: Findings Released HealthHIV released the findings its Second Annual State of Aging and HIV National Survey. This national survey reports the experiences of people diagnosis with HIV for 15 or more years as well as people with HIV over age 50, a population expected to comprise three-quarters of all people living with HIV by 2030. It gives insight into this rapidly growing segment of this population and findings can help inform the training needs of providers as they coordinate care for people with HIV as they age.

Posted September 9, 2021

  • Legal Services of Greater Miami News
    • Legal Services Successfully Advocates for the Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities* Children are returning to school in August after a challenging 2020-2021 school year as a result of the pandemic. Education experts say the year has impacted most students, but special education students were hurt the most. Every child is entitled to a free and appropriate public education that meets his or her special educational needs. Therefore, any child who has a learning disability or a disorder such as ADHD should not fall behind or should not be treated unjustly in the school system.
    • Homeowners with federally-backed mortgages did not get the moratorium extension they hoped for, but received a couple of important extensions. The foreclosure moratorium on federally-backed mortgages (those backed by the FHA, USDA, VA, and FHFA for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans), expired on July 30, 2021 with no extension. This means that foreclosure cases may now be initiated or resumed on these mortgages.  Contact Legal Services for details.  Miami-Dade (305) 576-0080 or Monroe (866) 686-2760.
    • Legal Services is a Ryan White Program provider in Miami-Dade County.

Posted September 2, 2021

  • HRSA Releases 2020 Data on HIV Prevention and Treatment in Health Centers* This month, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) released its Health Center Program calendar year 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) data. The HIV-specific 2020 UDS data demonstrates that health centers: Conducted nearly 2.5 million HIV tests; Delivered primary care services to almost 190,000 patients living with HIV; Provided Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to 389,000 patients; and Ensured that 81% of newly diagnosed HIV positive patients aged 15-65 years old were linked to care within 30 days of diagnosis.

Posted August 18, 2021

  • Until the Cure: One Man’s Journey to Advocacy by local advocate, Alberto Pérez Bermúdez.
    • Click here* for Alberto’s story in A&U America’s AIDS Magazine.
    • Click here* for You Tube recording: Experiencias de vida, activismo y motivación. (En español)
  • NASTAD PrEP Coverage Brief: PrEP Services Covered with No Cost-Sharing*  This National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) fact sheet walks through the coverage and cost-sharing requirements for public and private payers that come with this USPSTF Grade A recommendation. It summarizes federal guidance on implementing Preventive Services provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new federal sub-regulatory guidance addressing PrEP services released on July 19, 2021. Contact NASTAD’s PrEP team at PrEP@NASTAD.org* with questions or to request TA on PrEP financing and coverage.
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Compass Dashboard*  The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Compass Dashboard provides users an opportunity to interact with and visualize the reach, impact, and outcomes of the RWHAP. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) developed the RWHAP Compass Dashboard to support data utilization to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. By advancing users’ ability to interact with and utilize RWHAP program data, the dashboard supports HRSA HAB’s vision of optimal HIV/AIDS care and treatment for all.

Posted July 27, 2021

  • HHS Announces New National Challenge to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities* Through this challenge, HHS is seeking innovative and effective approaches to increase the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people who are at increased risk for HIV or are people with HIV. The HIV Challenge is open to the public, and HHS will award a total of $760,000 to 15 winners over three phases. Phase 1 submissions are open from July 26, 2021, through September 23, 2021.

Posted July 8, 2021

  • HIV: Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) People living with HIV who take antiretroviral medication as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partners. Treatment with antiretroviral medication is recommended for all people living with HIV. This medication reduces the amount of HIV within the body and reduces the chance of transmission. That means healthier, longer lives. Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U, is a powerful HIV prevention tool. It redefines living with HIV, reducing stigma and empowering people to live their lives to the fullest.

Posted June 24, 2021

  • Dear RWHAP Colleagues: HRSA Recognizes National HIV Testing Day  Earlier this month, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) honored HIV long-term survivors and commemorated the 40th anniversary of when the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported in the MMWR. This Sunday, June 27, 2021, we recognize another important observance: National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). This day is an opportunity to encourage and emphasize the importance of HIV testing, which is essential to reducing HIV infections, improving health outcomes for people with HIV, and helping to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

Posted June 10, 2021

  • White House.gov* A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

Posted June 9, 2021

  • HRSA Honors 40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic*  On Saturday, June 5, 2021, HRSA will mark a momentous milestone in the HIV/AIDS community. It is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day and the 40th anniversary of when the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). On this day, our HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will honor the more than 32 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses globally, including 700,000 in the U.S., since the start of the HIV epidemic.

Posted June 4, 2021

  • HIV Long-Term Survivors Day*  “This June 5th, the world will mark 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported.” #HRSAHonorsHIVSurvivors #HIVat40 #HLTSAD  Click here* to take a look back at the epidemic.

Posted May 3, 2021 – HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

  • May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day* This day is a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a time to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.
  • May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day* #APIMay19 You can raise awareness of HIV stigma among Asian and Pacific Islander people and provide information on prevention, testing, and treatment using Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources for Asian people and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander people.

Posted April 28, 2021

Posted April 23, 2021

  • HRSA HAB Recognizes National Transgender HIV Testing Day* On April 18, 2021, HRSA HAB observed National Transgender HIV Testing Day. This awareness day recognizes the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness, and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people. We continue to stand in solidarity with the transgender community to advance gender-affirming health care, promote anti-discrimination policies, and reduce HIV-related stigma and transphobia to increase access to and use of HIV testing for transgender and gender non-binary people. In 2019, 2.3 percent (12,550) of clients served by our Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) were transgender. Compared to RWHAP clients identifying as male and female, RWHAP transgender clients are younger, have less stable housing, and have incomes at or below the federal poverty level.

Posted March 10, 2021

  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day*  CDC.gov Dear Colleague Letter: March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health. As we continue our work toward ending America’s HIV epidemic, we acknowledge the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. For some women, the impact of COVID-19 has made it more difficult to access HIV services. On NWGHAAD, join us in making sure all women have continued access to HIV testing (including self-testing), prevention, and treatment and care. Together, we can prevent new HIV infections and help women with HIV stay healthy . . .

Posted March 9, 2021

Posted February 24, 2021

  • AHEAD Dashboard Enhances Functionality* (HIV.gov) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released an enhanced version of the America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) that increases functionality and ease of use. As a key component of HHS’ Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, AHEAD visualizes data for six EHE HIV indicators that measure both local and national progress towards ending the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030.

Posted February 22, 2021

  • 2021 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines (Annual Income Ranges) Based on the table published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2021, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These guidelines are effective March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022 for the local Ryan White Program (Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22, to determine client financial eligibility. Financial eligibility is based on the client’s gross household income. Ryan White Program subrecipients should refer to the email from the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program, for details.

Posted February 17, 2021

  • HRSA Features Miami Beach Community Health Center For its Response to COVID-19 MIAMI, Fla., February 12, 2021 – Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) was featured in the February 9th Primary Care Digest for its response to COVID-19. The Primary Care Digest is a weekly e-mail newsletter sent by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to 1,318 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. “Thanks to its HRSA funding, MBCHC has been instrumental in helping Miami, FL respond to the pandemic. Most recently, they began distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. . . “

Updated February 16 – Posted January 25, 2021

  • FDA Approves First Extended-Release, Injectable Drug Regimen for Adults Living with HIV* HIV.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cabenuva® (cabotegravir and rilpivirine, injectable formulation) as a complete regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in adults to replace a current antiretroviral regimen in those who are virologically suppressed on a stable antiretroviral regimen with no history of treatment failure and with no known or suspected resistance to either cabotegravir or rilpivirine. This is the first FDA-approved injectable, complete regimen for HIV-infected adults that is administered once a month.

Posted February 4, 2021

Posted February 3, 2021

Posted January 19, 2021

Posted January 13, 2021

  • HealthHIV becomes the new home for PleasePrEPMe.org, the original comprehensive PrEP online resource*  As of Friday, January 15, 2021, HealthHIV will be the new home of PleasePrEPMe.org, an online platform that expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Initially launched in 2015 as a searchable and location-responsive provider directory for the State of California, PleasePrEPMe.org has expanded to provide HIV prevention resources in English and Spanish for consumers and providers in all 50 states. The platform features an online PrEP navigation training program with multiple modules/courses and downloadable resources which offer comprehensive insights and highlight best practices for PrEP consumers, navigators, and prescribers.
  • Fiscal Year 2021-2025 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research*  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) released two key documents to guide the NIH HIV/AIDS research program for years to come: (1) The FY 2021–2025 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research (the Plan), and (2) the FY 2021–2025 Notice (NOT-OD-20-018), which present NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding.
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Posted December 30, 2020
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases Article*: Innovations in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Care Delivery During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: Policies to Strengthen the Ending the Epidemic Initiative—A Policy Paper of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association

Posted December 23, 2020

  • CDC has updated its recommendation for the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhea in adults. Gonorrhea should now be treated with just one higher dose (500 mg) injection of ceftriaxone, and dual therapy is no longer the recommended approach. The new recommendations, briefly summarized below, are available in 2020 Update to CDC’s Treatment for Gonococcal Infections*, a special policy note published on December 17 in MMWR, and this new recommendation supersedes the gonorrhea treatment recommendation included in the 2015 STD Treatment Recommendations*.

Posted December 17, 2020

  • Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership selected to participate in the RWHAP Part A Planning Councils Recruitment and Retention Learning Collaborative (LC)* The Learning Collaborative (LC) will include a series of structured virtual learning sessions that engage PC/PB participants in process improvement with their team, other participating PC/PBs, and subject matter experts. Participating in the LC will support PC/PBs to meet the RWHAP requirement that “not less than 33 percent” of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A planning councils shall be individuals who are receiving HIV-related services [under RWHAP Part A], and “reflect the demographics of the population of individuals with HIV/AIDS” in the service area. During the LC, PC/PBs will develop a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritizes consumers and people of color.

Posted December 10, 2020

Posted December 1, 2020 – World AIDS Day

Posted October 8. 2020

  • Miami Beach Community Health Center is a National Quality Leader for the second time in five years MIAMI, Fla., October 6, 2020 – Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) once again received HRSA’s prestigious National Quality Leader award. This award recognizes MBCHC for ranking in the top 1-2% nationally of all health centers in the clinical quality measures that promote diabetes health and heart health for 2019. MBCHC previously attained National Quality Leader status in 2016. MBCHC is also a Gold tier Health Center Quality Leader for achieving overall clinical performance in the top 10% of all health centers nationwide. HRSA’s Quality Awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide. “MBCHC is immensely proud of this significant accomplishment and we owe it to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding clinical leadership and staff,” said Trudy Pacheco, Director of Grant and Project Development.
  • HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Optimizing HIV Care for People Aging with HIV: Reference Guides for Aging with HIV
    • Putting Together the Best Health Care Team The purpose of this reference guide is to discuss how all members of the health care team can contribute to the care of people aging with HIV. Specifically, this reference guide identifies roles, responsibilities, staff training, and resources for the health care team to build their capacity. The reference guide may assist the health care team as they build and expand their knowledge and practice of serving people aging with HIV.
    • Incorporating New Elements of Care The purpose of this reference guide is to identify commonly occurring health care and social needs of people aging with HIV and to highlight the screenings and assessments for these needs. This reference guide serves as a starting point for the health care team as it builds and expands its knowledge and practice of serving people aging with HIV.

Posted October 7, 2020

  • hab.hrsa.gov: The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is pleased to release the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2018*. This publication reflects HRSA HAB’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the availability of program information. The report is the second publication of national ADAP client-level data submitted through the ADAP Data Report (ADR) system. ADR data describe the demographic characteristics of clients accessing ADAP services and the ADAP-funded services used. Data are included for 2014 through 2018, nationally and by state/territory.

Posted October 1, 2020

  • October 15, 2020 – National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day* #NLAAD Coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed each year on October 15 to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the Hispanic/Latino population in the US. Get Involved – Partners and organizations can use the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources to highlight ways to reduce HIV stigma and promote testing and treatment for Hispanics/Latinos. The Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign includes resources and partnerships aimed at stopping HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. This campaign is part of the national Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative and empowers communities, partners on the ground, and healthcare providers to reduce stigma among all Americans, prevent HIV among the hardest-hit populations, and help people with HIV stay healthy.

September 27,  2020 – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD)

  • National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD)* is observed each year on September 27 to direct attention to the continuing and disproportionate impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men in the United States. Partners and organizations can use the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources to highlight ways to reduce HIV stigma and promote testing and treatment for gay and bisexual men. The Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign includes resources and partnerships aimed at stopping HIV stigma and promoting HIV testingprevention, and treatment. This campaign is part of the national Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative. Let’s Stop HIV Together empowers communities, partners on the ground, and healthcare providers to reduce stigma among all Americans, prevent HIV among the hardest-hit populations, and help people with HIV stay healthy.

Posted September 24, 2020

  • CDC Announces New HIV Treatment Campaign Resources*  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling out a new suite of HIV Treatment Works (HTW) products and materials as part of its Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign. The new campaign materials focus on reaching and supporting people with HIV and encouraging them to get in care, stay on medication, reduce their risks, and live well with HIV throughout their life.  @StartTalkingHIV @CDCHIV @StartTalkingHIV @CDC_HIVAIDS @stophivtogether

September 18, 2020 – National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 3, 2020

  • HRSA Publishes Special Collection of Articles from SPNS Social and Digital Media Initiative*  “This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a collection of manuscripts in Health Promotion Practice (HPP) September 2020 edition, highlighting models of care and outcomes from an initiative that utilized innovative social media methods to link and retain hard-to-reach youth and young adults in HIV primary care and supportive services. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program “Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum” initiative funded demonstration projects in ten cities throughout the country from fiscal year 2015-2019.”

September 1, 2020

August 18, 2020 – Celebrating 30 Years of the Ryan White CARE Act 

  • Today, HRSA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act*. In 1990, this critical legislation was signed into law creating the largest Federal program focused uniquely on providing care and treatment to people with HIV – the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).
  • The theme is “30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic.” For three decades, the program has been vital to the public health response to HIV in the U.S. and is a critical component of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative. More than 50 percent of people with diagnosed HIV in the U.S. receive services from the RWHAP each year. That’s more than half a million people each year.
  • To honor this milestone, HRSA encourages recipients, federal partners, and stakeholders to print out and fill in an “I CARE” sign, take a photo, and share it with @HRSAgov with the hashtag #30YearsofCARE.

July 30, 2020

June 27, 2020

  • HRSA Recognizes National HIV Testing Day on June 27*  This year’s Testing Day theme is “Knowing,” which highlights the importance of knowing your HIV status, knowing where you can get tested, and knowing how you can connect to care and treatment services if you test positive. Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. have HIV, but one in seven people with HIV are unaware they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . .
  • CDC’s National HIV Testing Day Dear Colleague Letter* Dear Colleague: June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). As people across the nation fight for racial justice, it is critical that we continue to shine a light on the health disparities that persist in communities of color, with some of the most extreme occurring in HIV and STDs. Every day, we work together to dismantle the systemic barriers to health equity and ensure that everyone in the United States has equal and unfettered access to affordable healthcare, which includes HIV testing. . .

June 25, 2020

  • Integrated Planning Guidance from DHHS* On June 17, 2020, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) issued a program letter on the upcoming release of guidance for the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan, including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need (SCSN), a legislative requirement for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B recipients. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HAB and DHAP have determined they will postpone the issuance of the new guidance for calendar years 2022-2027 submission, which was anticipated in summer 2020. HAB and DHAP will notify grant recipients of the updated timeline for the guidance and the submission later this year.

June 18, 2020

  • FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Infants and Children with HIV* (HIV.gov) On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tivicay (dolutegravir) tablets and Tivicay PD (dolutegravir) tablets for suspension to treat HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients at least four weeks old and weighing at least 3 kg (6.61 pounds) in combination with other antiretroviral treatments.
  • Men’s Health Awareness Week is the Week before Father’s Day National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier to support and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men. . In 2018, 4,906 Floridians were diagnosed with HIV, including 3,892 (79%) men, of whom 35% were ages 20–29, and 74% attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (MSM), 19% to heterosexual contact, 4% to injection drug use (IDU) and 3% to MSM/IDU. By race/ethnicity, 37% were Hispanics/Latinxs, 35% Black, 26% White, and 2% other/mixed races (compared to Florida’s male population of 26%, 15%, 54% and 5% respectively). Of the 119,661 persons with an HIV diagnosis (PWH) in Florida in 2018, 73% were men, of whom 68% were retained in care, (vs. 69% of all Florida PWH); and 65% had a suppressed viral load (vs. 64% of all FL PWH). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by >90%.

June 9, 2020

  • SE AETC Dear Colleagues Letter*  The Central Office of the Southeast AETC shares the heartbreak and outrage of the nation over the recent events which highlight the impact of institutional racism and violence on many members of our society. Unfortunately, the attitudes and practices that led to the chilling murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis are not new and reflect many of the tremendous challenges the SE AETC faces today as we try to overcome barriers to providing compassionate, expert and unbiased care to all people with HIV. Stigma and its effect on patient care are closely linked to the issues laid bare by the events in Minnesota. We will continue to do our part to deal with stigma and all its negative effects on our patients. We are extremely privileged to work with you all in this time of turmoil and distress. For information on how to reduce stigma and cultural insensitivity in your practice:

June 5, 2020

  • June 5: HIV Long-Term Survivors Day*  Not Our First Pandemic is the HLTSAD 2020 theme – An invitation to survivors to share insights gleaned from surviving the AIDS pandemic in a world gripped by COVID-19.  Take a moment today to recognize HLTS in your life.  #NotOurFirstPandemic  #HLTSAD

Posted April 2020

Posted March 11, 2020

  • March 10: Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – CDC Dear Colleague Letter*  (HIV.gov) This year’s theme, “HIV Prevention Starts with Me,” reminds us that everyone, regardless of their HIV status, can make an impact in preventing new HIV cases in women and their partners. The theme encourages women to take charge of their health through prevention measures, such as taking daily medicine to prevent HIV called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), if they are at high risk. Click here for details.

Posted March 5, 2020

  • HHS Awards $117 Million to End the HIV Epidemic in the United States*  (HHS) February 26 Press Release.  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $117 million to expand access to HIV care, treatment, medication, and prevention services. This investment is a critical component of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States by 90 percent by 2030.

Posted February 27, 2020

Posted February 25, 2020 (Originally posted 11/14/19)

  • New Public Charge Rule is in effect as of Febraury 24, 2020
  • Immigration & the Ryan White Program
    • Message From the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program: It has come to our attention that people with HIV who are in the process of seeking admission to the U.S. or an adjustment in their immigration status fear that enrollment or participation in the Ryan White Program may jeopardize their chances for a successful immigration outcome. Even some attorneys are telling them this, in error.  Please let clients in this situation and/or their attorneys know that, per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on public charge (dated August 14, 2019), the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is exempt from the “public charge” restrictions. [Click here for the Final Rule report and note the highlighted sections.] It is critical to remind clients of the importance of HIV treatment adherence to their overall health and the health of our Miami-Dade community.
    • A Look at the Public Charge Final Rule: Are There Implications for HRSA?  Please note the highlighted sections.

Posted February 13, 2020

  • New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Population Fact Sheets Now Available* (HRSA.gov) New population-specific fact sheets highlighting data about clients served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) are now available on the HIV/AIDS Bureau website. These consumer-focused materials feature 2018 RWHAP client-level data. Fact sheet topics include: RWHAP client overview, youth and young adults, older adults, black/African American clients, transgender clients, female clients, and Hispanic/Latino clients.

Posted January 30, 2020

Posted January 17, 2020


HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

HIV Awareness Days and Events

Share your events with hiv-aidsinfo@behavioralscience.com.

February 28: HIV Is Not A Crime Awareness Day
March 15: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD | HIV.gov*

#NWGHAAD

Love Letter to Black Women, They are the backbone of NMAC and our work* NMAC Blog (crosspost from POZ.com) . . . NMAC owes so much to so many. We will celebrate Black Women across our movements, from activists to women living with HIV, national advocates, community voices, federal leaders, heath department staff, healthcare workers, and researchers. There are also many important women focused organizations. NMAC will tell multiple stories . . .

Meeting Black Women Where They Are: Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) Celebrates 15 Years* (HIV.gov) “SOS is a community mobilization that works! Nothing else that I can think of has been as longstanding and has had the impact on Black women that SOS has [in Florida].” Kalenthia Nunnally, Director of Blessing Hands Outreach, Inc. and Chair of the Miami-Dade County Chapter of Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) . . .

In Honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day* Positive Women’s Network web post. “March 10, 2023– today marks the 18th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD). At PWN, NWGHAAD is an opportunity to reflect on what we can do better for women, girls, trans, and non-binary folx living with HIV, and to honor the memory of those who have passed and in whose names we continue to fight . . .”

April 10: National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
March 20: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 18: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
August 27: National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
June 5: HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
June 27: National HIV Testing Day
August 20: Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 9: National African Immigrants and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day
September 27: National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
October 15: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
December 1: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day | HIV.gov*

#WorldAIDSDay

 

 

AIDSVu World AIDS Day 2023 Message* For World AIDS Day 2023, AIDSVu pays tribute to those we have lost to HIV and commits to act alongside our partners to improve HIV prevention, treatment, and care efforts.

February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Local Events

February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NBHAAD | HIV.gov*

2024: Engage, Educate, Empower #NBHAAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meeting Black Women Where They Are: Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) Celebrates 15 Years* (HIV.gov) “SOS is a community mobilization that works! Nothing else that I can think of has been as longstanding and has had the impact on Black women that SOS has [in Florida].” Kalenthia Nunnally, Director of Blessing Hands Outreach, Inc. and Chair of the Miami-Dade County Chapter of Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) . . .


Love Letter to Black Women, They are the backbone of NMAC and our work* NMAC Blog (crosspost from POZ.com) . . . NMAC owes so much to so many. We will celebrate Black Women across our movements, from activists to women living with HIV, national advocates, community voices, federal leaders, heath department staff, healthcare workers, and researchers. There are also many important women focused organizations. NMAC will tell multiple stories . . .

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Planning Resources

Post Your Awareness Days Events on AIDSNET.org

Coming soon!

HIV.gov’s Guide to Planning Awareness Day Activities

HIV.gov’s Guide to Planning Awareness Day Activities*

HIV.gov guide to help you plan for Awareness Day events, activities, and outreach.

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HIV Testing

Free, reduced cost, and at-home HIV testing is widely available in Miami-Dade County.

HIV Testing

Free Male Condoms, Female Condoms, Lubricants, and Dental Dams

Free Condoms!* 

Miami-Dade County residents that are 18 years old or older can place an online order to receive free condoms through the TestMiami website*. A personal protection package will be mailed directly to their home that consists of male condoms, female condoms, lubricants, and dental dams.

Free HIV Rapid Testing, Free HCV Rapid Testing, HIV Treatment, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C Treatment and More at Midway Specialty Care Center

Midway Specialty Care Center 

Free HIV Rapid Testing, Free HCV Rapid Testing, HIV Treatment, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C Treatment and More!

  • South Miami, 7000 SW 62nd Avenue, Suite 320, Miami, Florida 33143. (305) 740-6071
  • Mercy Hospital, 3661 S Miami Avenue, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33133. (786) 772-0319
  • Miami Beach, 4308 Alton Road, Suite 860, Miami Beach, Florida 33140. (305) 674-2766

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Test for HIV at Home!

Free At-Home Self Testing Kits from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County

         

At-Home Self Testing Kits*

From Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.  Free at-home HIV testing for Miami-Dade County residents.  Order your free at-home HIV test kit. Test yourself and find out your HIV status at no cost to you and from the comfort of your home.

Free At-Home Self Testing Kits from We Are Greater Than AIDS

Free At-Home HIV Testing*

HIV testing may look different, but it’s still available! To support expanded HIV testing options during COVID-19, Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens, along with OraSure Technologies, donated 10,000 OraQuick In-Home HIV Tests to community partners.

Together Take Me Home

Together Take Me Home (TTMH)*

A project with the goal of distributing up to 1 million free HIV self-tests over the next 5 years.

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Housing Resources

Housing Assistance 

HOPWA

The City of Miami Office of Community Development* 

The Department of Housing & Community Development coordinates programs funded through federal and state grants to assist Miami’s economically disadvantaged residents and neighborhoods. Through cooperative partnerships with the public and private sectors, the Department oversees the divisions of Housing and Administrative Services, which are dedicated to giving low-income residents access to the region’s economic growth and prosperity.

 

HOPWA Programs

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust* serves as the lead agency for Miami-Dade County’s homeless Continuum of Care.

  • Community Resource Guides* for the Homeless of Miami-Dade.
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Homeless Helpline 1 (877) 994-4357
  • Unsheltered Homeless
  • Unaccompanied Youth
  • Fleeing Domestic Violence
  • Families with Minor Children
  • Veterans
  • Sex Offenders and Predators
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc.

HOPE, Inc.* The only non-profit focused on fighting housing discrimination in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.) is a private fair housing, not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 corporation established in 1988, dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting fair housing. HOPE, Inc. employs a three-tiered system of private enforcement, education outreach and counseling to achieve its mission: to fight housing discrimination in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and to promote equal housing opportunities throughout Florida. Its programs are designed to ensure that people are offered the right to select housing of their choice without discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital or familial status, or such other protected classes as may be conferred by federal, state or local laws. HOPE, Inc. is engaged in testing for fair housing law violations and pursuing enforcement of meritorious claims. Since its inception, HOPE has achieved settlements for victims of housing discrimination cases totaling over $12 million.

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Resources for People Experiencing Housing Instability or Homelessness

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list will be opened on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) and will be closed on Monday February 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  Waiting List – NMA Portal (mdvoucher.com) *

Everyone age 18 and older is eligible to submit an application for the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development’s (PHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List.

 At the time of selection, applicant(s) must meet the program requirements and the income limits for the household composition established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Transitional Housing Employment Program

Community Rightful Center Transitional Housing Employment Program

Mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, underserved population and the socio-economically disenfranchised clients and their families through universal access to healthcare, case management, social, and employment services. CRC THEP seeks to provide services that encompass the “whole man” cultivating and rejuvenating the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of each individual we serve and to increase PLWH’s capacity to achieve housing stability. The Program also provides links to all possible care to clients to encourage and ensure positive growth and accountability, which will result in a healthier community.

Click here for more information.  

Click here for the Referral Form and Application

If You are Homeless or About to be Homeless

If you are homeless or about to be homeless, please contact the City of Miami Outreach team at 1 (877) 994-4357 for assistance and registration.

For homeless prevention, call 1 (877) 994-4357 and #1 to reach Camillus Homeless Prevention.

You can also call (305)-374-1065 ext. 510 for Camillus Homeless Prevention.

If you are a youth between the ages of 18-24 you can seek assistance by contacting Educate Tomorrow at (305) 374-3751.

If you are LGBTQ you can seek assistance by contacting Pridelines at (305) 571-9601.

In the case of domestic violence, please contact one of the numbers below:

  • Florida Domestic Violence 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 1 (800) 500-1119
  • Miami-Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (305) 285-5900 (Call/Text message 24/7)
  • Advocates for Victims/Safespace Hotline – Central (305) 693-0232
  • Advocates for Victims/Safespace Hotline – North (305) 758-2546
  • Advocates for Victims/Safespace Hotline – South (305) 245-5011
Affordable Housing - Miami-Dade County Government Resources

HUD Resource Locator* 
HUD Resource Locator offers real-time HUD housing information at the fingertips of people looking to quickly connect with building managers, public housing authority representatives, and property management companies to inquire about housing availability and other housing-related questions.

Go Section 8*
PHCD has partnered with GoSection8 to provide a user-friendly way to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher participants who are seeking apartments, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. Help is also provided via a toll-free number 1-888-466-7328.

Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority*
Listing of affordable rental housing through HFA’s Multifamily Rental Program, Developers of multifamily housing receive low-interest rate loans to produce new or rehabilitated housing and agree to provide rents at affordable rates for persons of low and moderate income.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation*
Created by the Florida Legislature to help Floridians obtain safe, decent and affordable housing. The site has an online affordable housing locator service to find affordable rental housing around the state. Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND)Citrus Health Network is the lead agency in the Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND) program, a multi-agency partnership with Miami-Dade County and local municipalities making an effort to prevent homelessness by providing temporary rental assistance for eligible low-income individuals and families who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Permanent Housing Placement - Are you living with HIV and looking to move?

Permanent Housing Placement (PHP) 

PHP is designed for persons with HIV and provides assistance with your first month rent and security deposit on your new place.

Click here for program eligibility.  Or, to apply, call Care Resource at (305) 576-1234, ext. 129; 463; 493; or 311 to set up an eligibility determination appointment.

Utility and Rental Assistance

Low Income Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program* The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households pay for cooling or heating their homes. Miami-Dade County uses LIHEAP to help qualified residents pay their energy bill and offer additional help in cases of energy crisis.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Help for renters*. If you’re a renter looking for help with housing costs, you’re not alone: Programs providing rental assistance. Get to know your legal rights as a renter.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program* US Department of the Treasury resources.

Temporary Protection from Eviction

Temporary Protection from Eviction (CDC.gov)* 

U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant. It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.

Affordable Connectivity Program (Broadband Service and Internet Connectivity)

Affordable Connectivity Program* 

Stay Connected! The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.  If your household is eligible, you could receive:

  • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
  • A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP
United Way 2023 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Reports

United Way 2023 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Reports “Through the 2023 ALICE Report, we have been able to collect extensive data and analyze how it is affecting households financially, from nationwide to statewide to right here in Miami-Dade County. Nearly half a million Miami-Dade County households are financially insecure and unable to afford the basics.”

Miami-Dade County 2023 ALICE Report 

State-Specific 2023 ALICE Reports

Spotlight: Homeless Health Outreach Mobile Engagement

Spotlight: Homeless Health Outreach Mobile Engagement (HHOME)* Video resources for the Ryan White Program.

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Jobs and Volunteering

Contact hiv-aidsinfo@behavioralscience.com to add or update a job opportunity.

Job Assistance and Special Opportunities
  • HIV & Faith Ambassador Initiative*  This HIV & Faith Ambassador initiative is a collaborative endeavor of faith leaders/communities, and health providers to reduce stigma, disseminate HIV education, and link vulnerable populations to care. The primary goal of this program is to assist in developing impactful health ministries in faith communities, and to improve the quality of care for persons living with HIV and their families.
  • Community Rightful Center Transitional Housing Employment Program Mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, underserved population and the socio-economically disenfranchised clients and their families through universal access to healthcare, case management, social, and employment services. CRC THEP seeks to provide services that encompass the “whole man” cultivating and rejuvenating the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of each individual we serve and to increase PLWH’s capacity to achieve housing stability. The Program also provides links to all possible care to clients to encourage and ensure positive growth and accountability, which will result in a healthier community. Click here for more information.  Click here for the Referral Form and Application.
  • United Way – UpSkill Miami* UpSkill Miami fosters strategic collaborations, bringing together underserved populations, training providers and employers in Miami-Dade County. The fund serves to upskill and reskill the local workforce, offering them training, support and employment opportunities in high-demand industries. By creating a pathway to jobs that provide economic mobility and avenues for career growth, we can profoundly transform the lives of many in our local community.
  • JP-PAS Personal Attendant Services Program* JP-PAS provides monthly stipends to adult Floridians with significant disabilities who require personal assistance services to attain and maintain competitive and integrated employment.
  • Reemployment Assistance If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance . . . Deadline Date: Open
  • Defending Garnishments How we can preserve a client’s wages and income – Legal Services of Greater Miami presentation.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Amazing individuals working for positive people at AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)!  Does the idea of doing something that really makes a difference in people’s lives while being well­ compensated intrigue you? Are you looking to work for an organization that encourages growth and success from each and every one of its employees?  Click the link below.

  • Contracts Manager* A Contract Manager contributes to AHF’s mission by acting as the liaison between Grantors and AHF program staff. Within their duties of contract management, contract interpretation, ensuring compliance with Grantor regulations and policies and preparing and submitting programmatic and financial reports, this position provides the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to AHF’s mission of providing access to much needed care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The successful execution, implementation and management of federally funded contracts increases AHF’s ability to serve more patients that are in need of care and can’t afford it. . . . We are looking for someone with grants experience to manage contracts in the Florida area, excluding Miami Dade and Broward. (posted 01/23/24)

 

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The AIDS Institute

Updated July 2023: We are looking for folks to join the Florida Men’s Health Workgroup (FMHW) under the direction and for advising the FDOH in Tallahassee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either co-chair, Joey Wynn at Joey.Wynn@holy-cross.com or Ken Bargar at RW2001President@aol.com.

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Borinquen Medical Centers

Borinquen Medical Centers* provide a comprehensive range of health and social services to our culturally diverse community throughout Miami-Dade County. Our quality services are accessible throughout the area through a multi-discipline approach. We provide wide-ranging services of primary medical care, essential support services, and medication for individuals with HIV.

If you are looking to make a difference and place to grow, join our team!

Visit Borinquen Medical Centers* to learn more about us and our employment opportunities!*

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CAN Community Health

The mission of CAN Community Health* is to inspire and contribute to the health and well-being of those affected by HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted diseases by providing the best care through outreach, integrated clinical practice, advocacy, education, and research.

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Care 4 U Community Health Center

Care 4 U Community Health Center* is a comprehensive community health center, providing a full range of health care and preventative services to our community’s adult, adolescent, pediatric and specialty needs populations.

  • HIV Outreach Specialists Care 4 U Community Health Center has immediate job openings for full-time HIV Outreach Specialists. These positions will engage individuals living with HIV/AIDS and at risk for potential exposure to HIV, emphasis on high risk populations including people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM), and  persons of transgender and gender nonconforming experience, for the purpose of connecting them to HIV testing, medical treatment and prevention services. HIV Outreach Specialist will provide HIV/STD testing, health HIV/STD health education, risk reduction interventions, condom distribution, referrals and linkage to care and support services in neighborhoods or venues in the Liberty City and surrounding areas. Occasional nights/weekends hours are required. In addition to $18-$25 per hour, Care 4 U offers health, dental & life insurance, 401K with employer match, paid time off and holidays, and an employee discount program. To apply, send your resume by email, regular mail or hand delivery to: HR@Care4UCHC.org; Human Resources Department, Care 4 U Community Health Center, 4690 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. (posted 11/08/23)
  • Social Media HIV Outreach Specialist Care 4 U Community Health Center has immediate job openings for a full-time Social Media HIV Outreach Specialist to engage BIPOC men who have sex with men (MSM), and persons of transgender and gender nonconforming experience, for the purpose of connecting them to HIV testing, medical treatment and prevention services. In addition to $20-$25 per hour, Care 4 U offers health, dental & life insurance, 401K with employer match, paid time off and holidays, and an employee discount program. To apply, send your resume by email, regular mail or hand delivery to: HR@Care4UCHC.org; Human Resources Department, Care 4 U Community Health Center, 4690 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. (posted 11/08/23)

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Care Resource

Care Resource* is a non-profit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center with 4 locations located in Midtown Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. Care Resource provide comprehensive health and support services to address the full health care needs of our pediatric, adolescent and adult populations.

Employment Opportunities* in these Categories:

  • Administration
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Dental
  • Grants & Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Information Services
  • Marketing
  • Medical
  • Quality Assurance
  • Social Services

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Community Rightful Center

As a non-profit organization, Community Rightful Center’s* mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In partnership with Florida’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, CRC provides universal access for services, ensuring that all job seekers with disabilities receive equal employment opportunities as any other candidate.

  • Employment & Training Services | Non-Profit Social Support Center in Florida* The Community Rightful Center, Inc. provides Employment & Training services to disabled individuals interested in successfully gaining employment. Through our Pre-Placement Training Program and hands-on approach with our Employment Specialist, CRC advocates for our special population ensuring that positions applied for are compatible to our clients’ job skills and abilities. (posted 05/23/23)
  • HIV Outreach Counselor Do You Have A Passion For Helping Others? If So, This Role May Be A Great Fit For You. The HIV Outreach Counselor serves as an advocate to the Community Rightful Center’s clients and partners. The ideal candidate will demonstrate compassion for clients, commitment to success and value relationships. This role will require you to conduct HIV testing and provide preventative services to the community . . . Submit your resume to CRC* (posted 12/1/22)

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Empower “U” Community Health Center

The mission of Empower “U” Community Health Center* (EUCHC) is to empower, educate, and promote better health care choices for individuals and families at risk for and/or affected by health disparities. Please send resumes to Terri-Ann Bethune, Human Resource Officer at tbethune@euchc.org.  Click the link below for all Empower “U” CHC job listings.

  • Chief Medical Officer* FULL TIME – Exempt/Miami, FL, US.  The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will serve as a principal thought leader for all Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs. The CMO will report to the Chief Executive Officer and keep the Executive Team and Board Members apprised of all PCMH services. The CMO will provide vision, strategy for implementation, clinical oversight, and program development to drive quality and cost efficiency improvements. Additionally, the CMO will partner with the providers, staff, and senior management to provide leadership in clinical integration and medical management for our patient population. Physician alignment and relationship management with internal and external providers within the healthcare delivery system is a fundamental role of the Chief Medical Officer. Through advisement, the Chief Medical Officer will provide support for team development, education, and performance improvement. (posted 10/20/23)

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Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade has an immediate opening at the STD/HIV Prevention and Control Program – https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/MIAMI-SENIOR-HEALTH-EDUCATOR-64082510-FL-33135/1119797000/*.  This is a great entry level position for a recent Public Health graduate or experienced community member/HIV prevention advocate.  It has full state benefits and potential for growth and advancement.  Bilingual/multilingual, LGBTQ and HIV+ persons are encouraged to apply. This vacancy is on the Education Team.  The announcement has a short fuse, closes on 1/31/24, we hope to hire by 3/01/24.  Please help us get the word out. Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

FDOH Employment and Volunteer Opportunities The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County seeks individuals who are willing to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Miami-Dade County through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

FDOH – Statewide Public Health Career Jobs Board* The Florida Department of Health is looking for individuals to serve in a variety of roles.  Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.  Promoting wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors, preventing the spread of disease by vaccinating children and adults, educating people about the risks of tobacco are just a few examples of public health in action.

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Florida International University

Florida International University*

Community Advisory Board Members for Project STEP Looking for interested individuals to join the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Project STEP. Members will provide feedback on a study testing a sequence of mobile care strategies to improve medication adherence for Latino men with HIV. To qualify you can be a healthcare provider working with people with HIV or an adult Hispanic Latino male with HIV currently taking HIV medication. You will be participating in two meetings per year. Compensation up to $200 per meeting. (posted 10/24/22)

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Gang Alternative

Gang Alternative, Inc.* offers a wide range of full-time and part-time positions for individuals at all levels of experience. We provide opportunities for personal and professional development including training, certifications, and credentials in evidence-based curricula. GA not only works to Build Character That Lasts within our community but within our organization as well.

Case Manager Positions (updated12/21/23)

Employment Specialist and Job Developer Positions (updated 12/21/23)

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Infinite Ways Network

Mission Statement: Infinite Ways Network, Inc.*, embraces the families it serves, with support that helps enhance lives, promotes cooperative resilience, and sustainable wellness. Applicants can call (305) 305-244-0971apply online*, or send your resume to Infinitewaysnetwork@gmail.com.  People with HIV are encouraged to apply!

  • Targeted Case Manager Case Management consists of services that help consumers gain access to needed medical, social, educational, and other services. This includes direct assistance in gaining access to services, coordination of care, oversight of the entire case, and linkage to appropriate services. Case Management includes (1) assessment of the eligible consumer to determine service needs; (2) development of an individualized integrated care plan; (3) referral and related activities to help the consumer obtain needed services; (4) monitoring and follow-up; and (5) evaluation. (posted 08/04/22)
  • Mental Health Clinician  This position requires creativity, initiative, ability to work with minimal supervision, willingness to work irregular hours when needed, home visits and a serious can-do attitude. If you have the following qualifications and like working with children and families, then we have the position for you!  (posted 08/04/22)

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Jackson Health System

Mission: To build the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County.

Careers at Jackson Health System*

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Jessie Trice Community Health System

Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc (JTCHS)* is one of Miami-Dade County’s preeminent federally qualified community healthcare centers, governed by a remarkably dedicated Board of Directors (51% of which are users of the medical and dental services) and a diverse, incredibly talented, committed family of providers and staff.

Careers at Jessie Trice Community Health System*

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Latinos Salud

Latinos Salud* is Florida’s only gay, minority-based HIV agency. With locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Latino Salud seeks to reduce the burden of communicable diseases, using a community engagement model.

Careers at Latinos Salud*

  • Test Counselor / PrEP Specialist Miami East
  • Test Counselor / PrEP Specialist Miami Southwest
  • Nurse Practitioner, Miami Beach
  • Nurse Practitioner, Broward
  • Test Counselor & PrEP Specialist Browar

(posted 12/21/23)

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New Hope C.O.R.P.S.

New Hope C.O.R.P.S.* is dedicated to the re-entry into society of those individuals struggling with homelessness, poverty, alcohol, substance use and mental health disorders utilizing a faith and evidenced based approach to treatment.

Contact (786) 243-1003, Executive Director, Stephen Alvarez (Ext 208) or Maritza Carvajal (Ext 223)

  • RRH – Housing Navigator
  • Street Outreach
  • Street Outreach Case manager
  • Residential Case manager
  • HIV Counselor
  • Residential Cook
  • Residential Maintenance
  • Administration: QA/HR Assistant
  • Administration: Administrative Assistant

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Outside Miami-Dade County

Public Health Analyst HRSA-HAB-24-DE-12269857* and HRSA-HAB-24-MP-12269856* for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. You will serve as an expert analyst in developing, monitoring, implementing and evaluating current or projected complex HIV/AIDS related public health programs. Your major duties and responsibilities will include: Serving as the principal advisor in the development and formulation of short- and long-range public health program goals, objectives, and policies; Analyzing complex public health policies, programs and statistical standards to advise senior management on public health policies, operations, products and services; Preparing and presenting comprehensive program reviews to include recommendations on curtailing or expanding programs and program effectiveness; Exercising responsibilities related to the initiation, administration and/or close out of grants and cooperative agreements; Coordinating site visits as needed to assure that HIV/AIDS related to public health programs are meeting their stated goals and objectives and complying with legislative policy and programmatic expectations and requirements. Closes 01/25/24 (posted 01/12/24)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting exceptional candidates for two high-level positions: Director of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) and Director of the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP). Both are leadership positions in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) and will play a key role in providing scientific leadership and expertise to manage, direct, coordinate, oversee, and evaluate a broad portfolio of activities of the respective Division. Director, DSTDP: MD/DO application*PhD application*Director, DHP: MD/DO application*.PhD application*. (posted 10/11/23)

HRSA HAB Fellowship Opportunity: Data Management and Analysis Branch* (Rockville, MD) HAB’s Division of Policy and Data (DPD) has collaborated with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for a fellowship opportunity with DPD’s Data Management and Analysis Branch. Qualified candidates will be involved in activities including developing and maintaining standardized SAS files, creating process documentation, generating data for data dissemination products, collaborating with staff regarding statistical analysis and methods for studies related to papers, articles, and reports for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) and assessing and making recommendations for quality improvement of national RWHAP data. (posted 02/03/22)

NASTAD, Senior Associate, Prevention*(Washington, DC)  The Senior Associate, Prevention, as part of NASTAD’s Prevention team, supports the organization’s capacity to support health departments’ (HDs) implementation of Ending the HIV Epidemic plans. The position works primarily on NASTAD’s CDC-funded “Strategic Partnerships and Planning to Support Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States” (PS19-1906 Component A) project to provide technical assistance to HDs implementing CDC PS20-2010 Component A. (updated 05/24/22)

NASTAD, Manager, Prevention (PrEP, Partner Services, and Self-Testing)* The Manager, Prevention, a full-time position, provides subject matter expertise on topics surrounding increasing PrEP access, such as access to self-testing technologies and partner services. The Manager will support NASTAD’s PrEP Access portfolio and lead the execution of NASTAD’s technical assistance (TA) and CBA activities in these areas, co-leading projects in close collaboration with consultants and NASTAD colleagues. Salary Range: $61,200 – $64,800.  (updated 05/24/22)

Various Locations: USAJobs.gov: Infrastructure Act Job Opportunities.*  There is a banner at the top to direct people to Infrastructure Act jobs. Click here for a fact sheet with more information on how to navigate the website.  (posted 01/13/22)

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Positive People Network

Positive People Network, Inc.*

Mission: To change the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. To empower, strengthen and uplift All People Living with HIV/AIDS. Please contact contactus@positivepeoplenetworkinc.org to get involved!

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Positive Women’s Network-USA

Positive Women’s Network–USA (PWN)* is a national membership body of women and people of trans experience living with HIV.

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Pridelines

Pridelines*, Miami’s LGBT Center is a fun and rewarding place to work with a team committed to supporting, educating, and empowering South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and community to promote dialogue, wellness, and to foster social change.

Employment Opportunities

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Project Access Foundtaiton

The mission of Project Access Foundation* is to improve the overall community health of South Florida by increasing access to high quality healthcare services for all community members, including special populations. PAF provides access to primary medical, dental and behavioral health services with an emphasis on the underserved communities of South Florida, as well as to train future health care providers in community and patient-centered health. PAF’s model relies on the delivery of compassionate, enthusiastic healthcare exceeding patient expectations every time; regardless of their cultural, financial, and social status, or sexual orientation.

  • Outreach Specialist* This is a grant-funded position that works with diverse communities. The overall responsibilities are to conduct Comprehensive HIV Prevention activities (including but not limited to outreach, education, HIV & STD testing and counseling, PrEP/nPEP navigation, and Linkage to Care) at venues throughout Miami-Dade County; and conduct Risk-Reduction counseling. Responsible for: knowing proper testing and confidentiality procedures, client risk/treatment assessment, and client assistance and follow up as needed.
  • Mental Health Counselor* Project Access Foundation is seeking candidates for a Mental Health Counselor to join our team. In this position, you will assist our clients by providing screening, assessment, counseling, and education to individuals struggling with issues of substance abuse, and/or other mental health disorders.

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University of Miami Comprehensive AIDS Program

The Comprehensive AIDS Program at the Miller School of Medicine* facilitates quality HIV/AIDS healthcare services for patients within Miami Dade County. Our program facilitates care and treatment for more than 3,000 patients in Miami Dade County and provides specialty care services, mental health services, and linkage to care. In addition, Ryan White Medical Case Management, PAC Waiver, and other HIV/AIDS related services are offered under the Comprehensive AIDS umbrella.

UM Human Resources*

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LGBTQ+ Resources

There are many ways to make sure your organization is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Consider hanging an Everyone Welcome Here rainbow sign or banner at your front desk or in your office. Just Google “Everyone Welcome Here” for a flood of colorful and creative ways to promote this message! 

Quick Links
CDC: HIV Prevention and Care for the Transgender Population*

Sage LGBTQ+ Elder Hotline* (Connects LGBTQ+ Older People Who Want To Talk With Friendly Responders Who Are Ready To Listen); Call (877) 360-LGBT (5428)

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline* (Formerly The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline); Call or text 988, or call 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255). For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

National Coalition for LGBT Health website*

National Sexual Assault Hotline*; Call (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Trans Lifeline Hotline* (Peer Support Phone Service Run By Trans People For Trans And Questioning Peers); Call (877) 565-8860;

The Trevor Project* (Provides 24/7 Crisis Support Services To LGBTQ Young People); Call (866) 488-7386 or text 678678

Veterans Crisis Line* (For Veterans, Military Personnel, And Their Families); Call 988 and Press 1, or text 838255

Resource Guides

Equality Florida – Florida Transgender Resource Guide Featuring South Florida Resources:

    • Mental Health Therapists
    • Primary Care Providers
    • Endocrinologists
    • Education/Community Support
    • Gender Expression
    • Medical
    • Legal, Insurance, Support Centers & Social Groups, Surgery, & Vocal Coaching

Trans in the South: A Directory of Trans-Affirming Health & Legal Service Providers*

Healthy People 2030: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health*

Transgender health care – Healthcare.gov* Applying for Marketplace coverage; Sex-specific preventive services; Plans with transgender exclusions.

REACH Equity Team at University of Miami looking for CAB Members (Latino MSM)

Being on the Community Advisory Board allows for you to represent the Miami Latino MSM community and give input and insight on different aspects of our research projects, as well as helping in designing studies and procedures for our projects.

We are looking for Latino gay, bisexual, and other MSM for this role.

This is a great opportunity to make sure the Latino MSM community is represented in our research projects!

The role is compensated $50 monthly for your input, and if interested, please reach out to Brandon Quiroz (baq6@miami.edu) or Yareli Sosa (yxs1200@miami.edu) for more information. 

 

 

Service Providers with LGBTQ-focused Services

CDC Awards Funding for Transgender Status-Neutral Community-to-Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic* (HIV.gov – July 13, 2022)  At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a total of $2 million in first-year funding to four organizations to develop models for community-to-clinic, status-neutral HIV prevention and care services for transgender persons. Click here* to read the complete HIV.gov blog post.  The four funding recipients are: Care Resource Community Health Center in Miami, FL; St. John’s Community Health in Los Angeles, CA; Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York, NY; and Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC.

Fenway Health* advocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. We center LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC individuals, and other underserved communities to enable our local, national, and global neighbors to flourish.  #TransYouthMatter*

Project Access Foundation, Inc.* A nonprofit Community Health Center delivering Primary Care and Comprehensive HIV Prevention services at four (4) locations throughout Miami-Dade. Ryan White, private/commercial health plans are accepted, sliding fee scale is available. LGBTQ Friendly and a Transgender Safe Space! Email Angel Camacho for more information.

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A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2023 | The White House
 

A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2023 | The White House* In June 1969, a courageous group of Americans rose up to protest the violence and marginalization they faced in what became known as the Stonewall Uprising. Police had raided the Stonewall Inn — a gay bar located in New York City — and for the next six days they clashed with LGBTQI+ protestors, who bravely stood their ground. Their courage sparked a civil rights movement for the liberation of the LGBTQI+ community and changed our Nation forever. . .

The Importance of Trans Visibility (nmac.org blogpost)

The Importance of Trans Visibility* (nmac.org blogpost) Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about transgender people. It is a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while also drawing attention to the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.

Transgender Day of Visibility Offers Updated, Evidence-Based Roadmap for Supporting and Affirming LGBTQI+ Youth

New HHS Report Released on Transgender Day of Visibility Offers Updated, Evidence-Based Roadmap for Supporting and Affirming LGBTQI+ Youth*  (Cross-posted from SAMHSA Newsroom) A new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific research and consensus that LGBTQI+ youth are resilient and can thrive when they are supported and affirmed, but that pervasive discrimination, rejection, and bullying of LGBTQI+ youth has led to a nationwide mental health crisis. The report finds that this crisis is most acute for transgender youth, whose mental health and wellbeing is put at risk by policies that seek to restrict their access to appropriate health care and inclusion at school. HHS is releasing this report today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, to uplift transgender youth and the parents, teachers, and providers who support them.

#NHASeverywhere: Activate and Elevate – Transgender Justice Initiative (HIV.gov)

#NHASeverywhere: Activate and Elevate – Transgender Justice Initiative* (HIV.gov, December 12, 2022) The HRC Foundation’s Transgender Justice Initiative (TJI) addresses the urgent needs of the trans community. Through leading community engagement efforts, capacity-building initiatives, economic empowerment programs, and public safety education campaigns, TJI works to combat the discrimination faced by trans people, while addressing the root causes of the physical danger and transphobia faced by the members of the trans community. The four key pillars of TJI are public safety, capacity building, strategic communications, and economic empowerment. Capacity building is at the core of two fellowship programs offered by the HRC Foundation—Activate and Elevate—as both are designed to help advance the leadership skills of Black, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina trans people.

The PRIDE Study. Your Story. Your Health

The PRIDE Study. Your Story. Your Health* The PRIDE Study is supported by the community engagement efforts of PRIDEnet, a national network of individuals and organizations that engage LGBTQ+ people in health research. The main question we want to answer is: how does being LGBTQ+ influence physical, mental, or social health?

Shigella Infection Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men

FDOH Fact Sheet: Shigella Infection Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has observed an increase in extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Shigella  infections (shigellosis) reported through national surveillance systems. XDR Shigella infections are resistant to all generally recommended antibiotics in the United States, making them difficult to treat.

NIAID Comprehensive Transgender Training Curriculum

NIAID comprehensive transgender training curriculum* developed by a group of transgender, gender nonbinary, and cisgender researchers and subject matter experts. The modules include:

  • An Introduction to Transgender Communities
  • Creating a Gender-Affirming HIV Research Environment
  • HIV in Transgender Communities
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Transgender Participants in HIV Research
  • Clinical Considerations for Transgender Participants in HIV Research

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Community Newsletter

The Partnership’s Community Newsletter, News and Information for the HIV/AIDS Community of Miami-Dade County, is a bi-weekly email newsletter to more than 2,100 community members.  All items listed in Community Newsletter appear on AIDSNET.org.  Have some news? Click here for details on how to share your news through Community Newsletter. Click below for recent editions. Please note, links to dated items may have been removed.


Newsletter and AIDSNET.org Submissions

The Partnership’s Community Newsletter, News and Information for the HIV/AIDS Community of Miami-Dade County, is a bi-weekly email newsletter to more than 2,100 community members. (A Newsletter Brief is sent on intervening weeks.) 

Important – Please Read!

Contributions are reviewed for content prior to posting.

All items listed in the Newsletter are linked to AIDSNET.org and/or the Partnership’s social media accounts. Contributions are formatted to fit the website, Community Newsletter, and/or social media layouts.

Please send contributions no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday for inclusion in that week’s Community Newsletter (or Community Newsletter Brief).

Please submit flyers in PDF format.

Time-sensitive items may be posted on the Partnership Instagram and/or Facebook pages, in lieu of or in addition to Community Newsletter/AIDSNET.org posting.

Items will be included in the Community Newsletter until the end date, if indicated, or as space allows.  Items may remain on AIDSNET for longer, as appropriate.

Persons who submit items for Community Newsletter will be added to our listserve.

Send all contributions and questions to hiv-aidsinfo@behavioralscience.com.

What You Can Submit to the Newsletter and AIDSNET.org

You are invited to submit contributions relevant to the HIV/AIDS Community in any of these categories:

  • Support Groups
  • Información en español
  • Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Housing News and Resources
  • Local Training
  • Webinars
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Research and Surveys
  • Prevention News and Resources
  • Ending the HIV Epidemic
  • Community Events
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Free Services
  • Press Releases
  • Websites of Interest
  • Notices of agency fundraisers (no product/retail sales or promotions)
  • Other items as appropriate

Other Local, State and Federal Assistance

Local – Miami-Dade County

EHE Health Tec at The Village South!  If a client does not have a device to participate in the program one will be provide by The Village South to be returned at the end of treatment. To be eligible for the program the client must have an HIV diagnoses. No insurance is need for the client to be enrolled into the program. To make a referral please send contact and demographic information to Admissions Director Israel Gonzales at Israel.gonzales@westcare.com.  Services:

    • Substance Abuse Treatment
    • Individual Therapy
    • Case Management
    • Peer Services
    • Telehealth Sessions Offered (tablet or cell phone provided, if needed)
    • Urinalysis & Alcohol Test Weekly (via In-Home/On-Site)

Ryan White Program Subrecipients Community Health of South Florida – Optometry (limited services); Public Health Trust – Ophthalmology/Optometry; University of Miami -Ophthalmology/Optometry (limited services)

Borinquen Medical Centers will soon be opening a Dental site in North Miami, at 12601 NE 7th Avenue, North Miami, FL 33161. Services include: Cleanings, Tooth Colored Fillings, Extractions, Root Canals, Crowns, Dentures, Emergency Services. Most insurance accepted. For uninsured, discount rates available. Dr. Michelle Soheil, Dental Director, (305) 576-6611.

Resources for Dental Services for Low-Income Individuals and Families: Florida Department of Health Dental Clinic Community Smiles Dental Health Clinic

Miami-Dade County* Miami-Dade County COVID-19 Assistance Programs: Financial Assistance, Housing Assistance, Food Assistance, Employment Assistance, Business Assistance, and Senior Assistance.

Extended Hours at CAN Community Health: Click for details on dates and times of extended hours at the Miami Gardens and South beach locations.

State – Florida

MyACCESS.myflfamilies.com* Floridians who get food, cash or health care assistance through the government now need to navigate a new website. The Florida Department of Children and Families is launching a new “My Access Portal” for assistance with SNAP, TANF and Medicaid programs. The agency says the new platform is more modern and user-friendly, works better on mobile devices, streamlines document uploading, and should make getting government assistance faster.

Florida’s Poison Control Centers* Toll-free hotline: 1 (800) 222-1222.  Florida Poison Information Center – Miami: Jackson Memorial Hospital; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Highland Professional Building, 1801 NW 9th Avenue, 1st Floor, Miami, FL 33136.

Florida Department of Health* What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida.

Florida Department of Children and Families*

Tobacco Free Florida* Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, and there are many ways to go about it. But whether you quit on your own or with a little extra help, we’re here to help you on your quit journey and help you choose the right way for you.

Federal – United States

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline*  We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.  988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.)

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability With HIV/AIDS If you have a medical condition, such as HIV or AIDS, that keeps you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability* benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two disability programs that provide monthly benefits to those who are disabled or have a serious and can no longer work full time. The SSA uses a medical guide, which is called the Blue Book*, to determine eligibility. The Blue Book has a listing that applies to HIV/AIDS. To be approve with that listing, you must meet the specific criteria.

Eye Care America* for Seniors over 65 and for those in need of assistance for glaucoma.

InfantSEE*  No Cost eye exams for infants 6-12 months.

New Eyes*  Eyeglasses available based on need and a special application for people affected by COVID-19.

Optum Pharmacy The only nationally certified pharmacy with a dedicated HIV account management team. Optum provides: American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVP)-certified pharmacists; A specially trained clinical HIV team; Financial assistance specialists that will exhaust all efforts to get funding; Multilingual capabilities; Prior authorization and appeals team; Clinical management program and consistent patient follow up to promote optimal outcomes.  Click here for the Optum Pharmacy website*.

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PrEP, PEP and nPEP

PrEP, PEP and nPEP

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)  A comprehensive HIV prevention strategy that involves the daily use of antiretroviral medications to reduce the risk of HIV infection in HIV-negative individuals.

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

nPEP (Non-occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Short-term treatment started as soon as possible after high-risk non-occupational exposure to an infectious agent, such as HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), or hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Find PrEP, PEP and nPEP Near You!
PrEP, PEP and nPEP News

Barriers and Facilitators to Expanding PrEP Coverage in Southern Ending the HIV Epidemic States and Jurisdictions* A survey for health providers, programmers and public health practitioners. Southern AIDS Coalition in partnership with PrEP4All, is conducting a rapid landscaping to identify laws, policies and administrative requirements and approaches that impact PrEP access in the South. The analysis will center on coverage of costs, network sufficiency and community knowledge and demand. Information provided in this survey will be used to compile a non-exhaustive list of policies, requirements and approaches that can be used to guide recommendations, advocacy and implementation. Information provided here will be treated as anonymous and may be described in a summary report in aggregate–ie “X number of states have a specific policy or issue impacting coverage.” Information about your role, location and affiliation will be used for internal purposes and to share the results of this work and future activities. If you have questions or concerns please contact Michael@PrEP4All.org.

Health Centers on the Front Lines Podcast: Long-Acting injectable PrEP & HIV treatment* Video resources for the Ryan White Program.

Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on PrEP for HIV Prevention, Invites Public Comment* (HIV.gov, December 13, 2022) Healthcare professionals should prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at increased risk for HIV.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today posted a draft recommendation statement on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection. Based on its review of the evidence, the Task Force recommends that healthcare professionals prescribe PrEP to people at increased risk for HIV to help prevent HIV infection. This is an A grade. 

PrEP Ancillary Support Services Now Allowable Use of CDC HIV Funding* (naccho.org, January 3, 2022) CDC will now allow domestic HIV prevention funding to be used to support PrEP ancillary services (such as laboratory testing costs) through the flagship health department program, PS18-1802.

CDC’s New #ShesWell Initiative Aims to Increase PrEP Awareness among Women and Their Healthcare Providers* (HIV.gov, August 23, 2021) CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together (Together) campaign recently launched a new initiative called #ShesWell, which is focused on increasing awareness about Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among women, building capacity among clinicians to prescribe PrEP to women who can benefit from it, and ultimately increasing PrEP use among women.

NASTAD PrEP Coverage Brief: PrEP Services Covered with No Cost-Sharing* (nastad.org, July 22, 2021) This National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) fact sheet walks through the coverage and cost-sharing requirements for public and private payers that come with this USPSTF Grade A recommendation. It summarizes federal guidance on implementing Preventive Services provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new federal sub-regulatory guidance addressing PrEP services released on July 19, 2021. Contact NASTAD’s PrEP team at PrEP@NASTAD.org with questions or to request TA on PrEP financing and coverage.

HIV Prevention Certified Provider Program* HealthHIV has added a new module on PrEP Adherence to its HIV PCP program and is offering free, continuing education credits for its completion. The HIV Prevention Certified Provider Program is an online, self-paced CME curriculum composed of six modules in HIV prevention detailing the pertinent clinical and practice information that clinicians need to effectively employ HIV prevention interventions. Upon successful completion of this program, participants earn a certificate recognizing their designation as an HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIV PCP) and receive listing in national online directory of HIV PCPs. The curriculum is updated annually and more frequently as needed, based on approval of new biomedical interventions and release of evidence-based practices.

Persons at high risk of HIV acquisition* (nastad.org, January 1, 2022) The US Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with effective antiretroviral therapy to persons who are at high risk of HIV acquisition.

Best Practices: Interventions for PrEP* (HIV.gov, January 11, 2021) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project) identifies evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and evidence-informed interventions (EIs) for the Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention. The Compendium helps HIV prevention planners and providers in the United States (US) select interventions most appropriate for their communities. The Compendium contains chapters on risk reduction; medication adherence; linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement in HIV care; and structural interventions. (February 2021)

FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection as Part of Ongoing Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic (October 2019)*

Sexual Assault: PEP is an Urgent Health Need (October 2018)*

CDC Educational Resources on PrEP and PEP*


Support Groups and Group Activities

Virtual an in-person support groups and group activities; listed alphabetically by organization.

Borinquen Health Care Center

Heads Up! Life Skills Group for Young Adults 18-24 Years Old

Borinquen Health Care Center*

Heads Up! Thursdays via Zoom!  Borinquen Medical Centers: LIFE SKILLS Group for young adults 18–24-year old. In group, young adults will learn skills such as goal setting, effective communication, managing stress, decision making, money managing and building relationships. Contact (305) 576-6611 x 3102 or 3103 for details.

Flashlight of Hope / Set Free Ministries

Ecumenical, Community Involvement Calendar; Major Religions; and In-Service Trainings & Presentations

Flashlight of Hope / Set Free Ministries

For more information, contact George N. Gibson, Certified Crisis Interventionist and Information & Referral (I & R) Specialist, (786) 488-2108 or FlashlightofHope@Yahoo.com.

Posted August 3, 2023: Ecumenical, Community Involvement Calendar; Major Religions; and In-Service Trainings & Presentations  Prepared this for the Broward County Ecumenical (Interfaith) Council and Arcola Lakes Public Library. The ecumenical council consists of chaplains who work with at-risk youths and their families who come through the juvenile justice system. Krystal R. Powell, branch manager at Arcola Lakes Public Library, and I had a meeting about helping youths during the summer and promoting the programs at the library, including the bereavement support group. The HIV/AIDS community might want to get involved with Faith and Blue (F&B) in October and helping youths during the summer. F&B brings law enforcement, residents, businesses, professionals, and COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS (CBO’s) together through the connections of local faith-based organizations. AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) will fall under the category of CBO’s.

Educational Information On Health & Human Services

Flashlight of Hope / Set Free Ministries

For more information, contact George N. Gibson, Certified Crisis Interventionist and Information & Referral (I & R) Specialist, (786) 488-2108 or FlashlightofHope@Yahoo.com.

Educational Information On Health & Human Services

  • Every 2nd Thursday of the Month, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Main Library (In the Foyer Area), 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130 (Updated  April 28, 2023)
  • Every 4th Thursday of the Month, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM, South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay, Florida 33189 (Updated  April 28, 2023)
Good Grief! Bereavement Support Group

Flashlight of Hope / Set Free Ministries

For more information, contact George N. Gibson, Certified Crisis Interventionist and Information & Referral (I & R) Specialist, (786) 488-2108 or FlashlightofHope@Yahoo.com.

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month: Good Grief! Bereavement Support Group  Grieving the loss of loved ones is the beginning part of the healing process. Bereavement Support Group. Helping grieving families, significant others, and friends to cope with the loss of a loved one; Are you seeking answers to unresolved questions? Spiritual and Emotional Support in a nonjudgmental manner; Guest speakers, such as psychologists and thanatologists will be invited to speak at times. (Updated  April 28, 2023)

Grief Awareness Calendar 

HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’S), Tuberculosis (TB), And Sexual Minority Issues (GLBTQ+ Issues) Faith-Based Calendar

Flashlight of Hope / Set Free Ministries

For more information, contact George N. Gibson, Certified Crisis Interventionist and Information & Referral (I & R) Specialist, (786) 488-2108 or FlashlightofHope@Yahoo.com.

HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’S), Tuberculosis (TB), And Sexual Minority Issues (GLBTQ+ Issues) Faith-Based Calendar Set Free Ministries through Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. Flashlight of Hope, Inc. Elder George N. Gibson, Founder, Pastor, Chaplain, and CEO: (786) 488-2108 (Mobile) / E-Mail: SetFreeMinistriesChurch@yahoo.com or FlashlightofHope@yahoo.com. (Updated  April 28, 2023)

Black Community Mental Wellness Peer Support Group

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Miami-Dade*

Every Thursday: Join NAMI Miami-Dade for their Black Community Mental Wellness Peer Support Group meeting every Thursday of the month from 7PM to 8:30PM via Zoom. See attached for more information. Click here to register*.

Positive People Network, Inc.

Men’s Support Group

Positive People Network, Inc.*

PPN Men’s Support Group at Pridelines. Every 4th Saturday. Dating, Disclosure, Family, Nutrition, Love, Life, Sex and More!

Call Harold at (786) 488-1153.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Positive People Network via Social Media

Sisters with a Testimony Stop the Silence Ambassadors Speakers Group

Positive People Network, Inc.*

STS S.W.A.T. at Pridelines. Every 4th Saturday – Sisters with a Testimony Stop the Silence Ambassadors Speakers Group – supported by ViiV Healthcare. Paid opportunity! Click here for details.

Call (305) 521-7966 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Positive People Network via Social Media

Support Group for Men! “I got you, brother!”

Positive People Network, Inc.*

PPN support group for men! Thursdays via Zoom. “I got you, brother!”

Call Harold at (786) 488-1153.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Positive People Network via Social Media

Support Group for Women! “I am my sister’s keeper.”

Positive People Network, Inc.*

PPN support group for women! Tuesdays via Zoom. “I am my sister’s keeper.”

Contact Alecia at positivepeoplenetwork11@gmaiol.com or (305) 494-4538.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Positive People Network via Social Media

Pridelines

Apoyo y Comunidad para Personas Viviendo con VIH

Pridelines*

Apoyo y Comunidad para Personas Viviendo con VIH  Temas muy interesantes para mantenerte informado, tales como nuevos tratamientos, nutrición, efectos secundarios, y otros mas. Todos los Martes para la comunidad hispanoparlante. De 1-2:30 PM

Support Group for Bilingual Women

Pridelines*

Support group for bilingual women* meets on the last Friday of Each month 12-1:30 PM.

Together We Thrive – Gay & Bi Men’s Roundtable

Pridelines*

Together We Thrive – Gay & Bi Men’s Roundtable  A group for gay and bisexual men living with HIV who are seeking community, education, and support. This is a safe, affirming, and confidential space intended to help members thrive. Weekly meetings are being held in person on Tue. from 6:30-8 PM

Survivors’ Pathway Justice and Empowerment Center

Free Counseling Services

Survivors’ Pathway*

To register and attend, participants must call Jessica Montejo at (786) 275-4364(786) 334-6992; or (305) 603-9876.

Free Counseling Services at Survivors’ Pathway

Support Group for Latino Transgender Community in Spanish

Survivors’ Pathway*

Support group for the Latino transgender community in Spanish. This group takes place the last Thursday of every month.

To register and attend, participants must call Jessica Montejo at (786) 275-4364(786) 334-6992; or (305) 603-9876.

Support Group for LGBTQI Community in Spanish

Survivors’ Pathway*

Support Group for LGBTQI community in Spanish. This group takes place the third Thursday of every month.

To register and attend, participants must call Jessica Montejo at (786) 275-4364(786) 334-6992; or (305) 603-9876.

Support Group for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Spanish

Survivors’ Pathway*

Support Group for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Spanish. This group takes place the second Thursday of every month.

To register and attend, participants must call Jessica Montejo at (786) 275-4364(786) 334-6992; or (305) 603-9876.

University of Miami

Las sesiones Group Quit de Tobacco Free Florida

University of Miami

Tobacco Free Florida’s Group Quit Sessions (in-person or virtual) now offer participants $50 – $125 in gift cards for their attendance. Free, expert-led in-person or virtual sessions for all Florida residents, regardless of insurance status. Upon class completion, participants are eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, patches or lozenges.

Tobacco Free Florida’s Group Quit Sessions

University of Miami

Tobacco Free Florida’s Group Quit Sessions (in-person or virtual) now offer participants $50 – $125 in gift cards for their attendance. Free, expert-led in-person or virtual sessions for all Florida residents, regardless of insurance status. Upon class completion, participants are eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, patches or lozenges.

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Surveys and Studies

COVID-19

ACTION 3 Study - For people 18 or older who have recently tested positive for COVID-19

What is the ACTION 3 study? Miami COVID Cohort. Developing the Foundation for a Comprehensive Approach to COVID-19: ACTION 3 (A Comprehensive Translational Initiative On Novel coronavirus) Cohort. The study is planning to recruit 400 participants over 18 years of age or older and have recently tested positive for SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the last 7 days or you have COVID symptoms and are willing to be tested with an approved test.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate symptoms and other factors that affect people who have a COVID (SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19) diagnosis. We will evaluate what happens to participants (with or without HIV infection) when they get infected with this virus, how long the virus remains in the body, how the immune system (your body) responds to this virus, and how the virus changes during the infection.

 

 

Hepatitis

Hepatitis Delta (HDV) – Online Panel

Hepatitis Delta (HDV) – Online Panel Do you or someone you know have Hepatitis D? If so, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.  We at LaGrippe Research are conducting a study on the experiences of people with Hepatitis Delta Virus (HDV). We would like to speak with people with Hepatitis D in the USA to discuss their experience with the disease so we can learn what life is like living with the virus. The study is an online community, with monthly tasks – this could be anything from introducing yourself, to answering questions on a particular topic or looking at some information and telling us what you think about it. If interested, participants can also interact anonymously with others to discuss defined topics around Hepatitis D. If you can’t get online, don’t worry we still want to hear from you – just get in touch. Each month you would need 1 hour – We appreciate the time invested and for this reason we offer an incentive of $125/month. Your responses will remain anonymous and be kept confidential. Your feedback will be used by our sponsor on how they can help HDV patients now and in the future. LaGrippe Research organizes market research studies in the medical sector. You can find out more about us here http://lagripperesearch.com/index.html*.

  • 💻Methodology: Online questionnaire/Community
  • ⏰ Duration: 1 hour per month for 6 months
  • 📅 Dates: 6 months from signing up
  • 💲 Participant compensation: $125 each month completed
  • If you are interested in participation, please fill out our survey online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZRXKSRK*
  • If you have any questions, please contact Maggie at (847) 373-4104 or email maggie@lagripperesearch.com.
HepVu 2022 Surveillance Status Report Briefing

HepVu 2022 Surveillance Status Report Briefing*

Watch the recording and hear from HepVu Project Director Dr. Heather Bradley, NASTAD’s Boatemaa Ntiri-Reid, and the Hepatitis B Foundation’s Frank Hood on how to use this data in your work.

You can also use the HepVu viral hepatitis surveillance status report launch toolkit* containing sample social media, infographics, and other resources to share this report.

Latino, Latina, Latinx

SmartManage - An Online Stress Management Intervention for Latino Sexual Minority Men Who Are Cancer Survivors Living with HIV

SmartManage/CLaRO - Pilot program study to evaluate a new, web-based program among gay men who are living with both HIV and cancer

UM Health Study: Looking for Hispanic adolescents to participate in a short online program

Un estudio de salud de la Universidad de Miami: Estamos buscando adolescentes hispanos para que participen en un programa de corta duracion

LGBTQ+ 

LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment Survey

LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment Survey* In partnership with SAVE, FIU Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center, and Equality Florida, Miami-Dade County has launched the LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment survey, which will inform funding and program decisions for Miami-Dade’s LGBTQ community for years to come. https://fiu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yHcj4n44yytAMu.

MACS/WIHS-CSS - Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study for Men and Women with HIV

What is the MACS/WIHS CCS study? The MACS/WIHS CCS is the largest study of men and women with HIV in the US. Over 8000 men and women with HIV participate in the country, and many have participated for over 20 years. As many men and women are living longer with HIV, they now are affected but other health conditions (heart diseases, cancers, pulmonary disease, memory loss).

This study focuses on understanding how people with HIV age, and how they are affected by other chronic diseases. In Miami, we have women who have been part of this study (The WIHS or Women Interagency HIV Study) for the past 10 years, and now we also have men participating. Men and women come for one visit per year and they complete questionnaires, have a physical examination, and other tests (memory, heart, lungs). Findings from this study will help to improve the health of people living with HIV who are aging.

SmartManage/CLaRO - Pilot program study to evaluate a new, web-based program among gay men who are living with both HIV and cancer

The purpose of the SmartManage/CLaRO pilot program study is to evaluate a new, web-based program among gay men who are living with both HIV and cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

This program involves learning skills to help in managing HIV and cancer though interactive online groups. Individuals who are eligible and would like to participate will:

  • Complete a baseline questionnaire about personal background, health history, stress, mood, and quality of life.
  • Take part in the program, which meets online via Zoom once a week for 10 weeks for about an hour (participants will have access to the new website).
  • Complete an exit questionnaire about quality of life, stress, mood, and experience navigating the SmartManage website.
  • Individuals will be able to participate from the comfort of their home. They will also be eligible to receive a total of $150 for the time and feedback.

 

The PRIDE Study. Your Story. Your Health.

The PRIDE Study. Your Story. Your Health* The PRIDE Study is supported by the community engagement efforts of PRIDEnet, a national network of individuals and organizations that engage LGBTQ+ people in health research. The main question we want to answer is: how does being LGBTQ+ influence physical, mental, or social health?

SmartManage - An Online Stress Management Intervention for Latino Sexual Minority Men Who Are Cancer Survivors Living with HIV

SmartManage is a 10-week, web-based program that includes information on cancer and HIV co-management, communication, sex and intimacy, and healthy living. SmartManage includes both online information, as well as interactive, online group sessions.

We are conducting a pilot study of SmartManage. This pilot study is designed to get feedback from cancer survivors living with HIV, so that we can improve our SmartManage content.

The goal is to help people like you cope with the challenges you face in relation to your healthcare and to improve your quality of life.


Living with HIV – Research and Surveys

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024 - The Well Project

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024*

Building Equity, Ethics, and Education on Breastfeeding and HIV

The Well Project* is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls across the gender spectrum. The Well Project envisions a world in which women living with or vulnerable to HIV have the information, support, and tools they need to advocate for their health and well-being, and live free from stigma.

We invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us understand your current knowledge, awareness, and attitudes towards breast/chestfeeding and HIV. This survey is intended for all members of the HIV community including people living with HIV and their allies, healthcare providers and other professionals who work with people living with HIV. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you very much in advance for taking our survey and helping us better address the needs of our community!

INSTACARE - It’s time to start living positively!

INSTACARE  It’s time to start living positively. INSTACARE is a research program that brings the support of a Community Health Worker (CHW) to your clinical team to help patients better manage their HIV. Participants can receive up to $400 for their participation in the study. Contact (305) 243-1497www.champ305.com*champrising305@gmail.com for more information.

Merck Treatment Naïve Study

Merck Treatment Naïve Study  You may be eligible for an active-controlled, double-blind clinical study designed to evaluate the antiretroviral activity, safety, and tolerability of Doravirine/islatravir (DOR/ISL [MK-8591A]) in treatment-naïve participants with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection. You would be eligible if you are: 18 years of age and older, HIV 1 Positive, and are naïve to any treatment. Please reach out to any of these sites if you are interested:

  • AHF South Beach; contact: Emily Ruiz, (305) 538-1400 Ext 52520; Miami Beach, FL
  • AHF The Kinder Medical Group, contact: Alexander Ruiz, (786) 497-4000; Miami, FL
  • Triple O Research Institute, P.A; contact: Myriam Izquierdo, (561) 855-7871; West Palm Beach, FL
  • CAN Community Health – Sarasota; contact: Prerak Shukla, (941) 366-0134 x11140; Sarasota, FL
State of HIV Care™ National Survey

State of HIV Care™ National Survey* The HIV field is constantly evolving in response to developments in practice standards, biomedical interventions, and workforce needs. HealthHIV’s State Of HIV Care National Survey is administered on an annual basis to capture these changes and their impact on the workforce.

U=U: 6 Question - 30 Second Survey - Closes March 22!

IAPAC and FTCI are fielding a simple survey extrapolating the messaging and confidence in U=U and humbly ask for your assistance. We invite all to help inform us on the extent of the U=U!

The goal of this anonymous, 6-question survey is understanding how the U=U messaging is being disseminated, is understood, and is trusted.

The survey itself is estimated to take less than 30-seconds to complete. We ask that you please complete the survey here: https://iapac.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Vr6NglqqqjrU7I.

Thank you! We look forward to sharing the results at the completion of the survey timeframe, we plan on completing collection on March 22!

PrEP

PURPOSE 2: A clinical study to evaluate if Lenacapavir (LEN), an investigational medicine, given every 6 months can help to reduce the chance of getting HIV through sex (PrEP)

PURPOSE 2*: A clinical study to evaluate if Lenacapavir (LEN), an investigational medicine, given every 6 months can help to reduce the chance of getting HIV through sex (PrEP). Miami Gardens, FL: PURPOSE 2 clinical trials are available now for eligible South Florida residents. Contact the CAN Community Health team at (754) 701-6920 to learn more or visit PURPOSEStudies.com.

Barriers and Facilitators to Expanding PrEP Coverage in Southern Ending the HIV Epidemic States and Jurisdictions

Barriers and Facilitators to Expanding PrEP Coverage in Southern Ending the HIV Epidemic States and Jurisdictions* A survey for health providers, programmers and public health practitioners. Southern AIDS Coalition in partnership with PrEP4All, is conducting a rapid landscaping to identify laws, policies and administrative requirements and approaches that impact PrEP access in the South. The analysis will center on coverage of costs, network sufficiency and community knowledge and demand. Information provided in this survey will be used to compile a non-exhaustive list of policies, requirements and approaches that can be used to guide recommendations, advocacy and implementation. Information provided here will be treated as anonymous and may be described in a summary report in aggregate–ie “X number of states have a specific policy or issue impacting coverage.” Information about your role, location and affiliation will be used for internal purposes and to share the results of this work and future activities. If you have questions or concerns please contact Michael@PrEP4All.org.

Women

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024 - The Well Project

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024*

Building Equity, Ethics, and Education on Breastfeeding and HIV.

The Well Project* is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls across the gender spectrum. The Well Project envisions a world in which women living with or vulnerable to HIV have the information, support, and tools they need to advocate for their health and well-being, and live free from stigma.

We invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us understand your current knowledge, awareness, and attitudes towards breast/chestfeeding and HIV. This survey is intended for all members of the HIV community including people living with HIV and their allies, healthcare providers and other professionals who work with people living with HIV. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you very much in advance for taking our survey and helping us better address the needs of our community!

MACS/WIHS-CSS - The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study for Men and Women with HIV

What is the MACS/WIHS CCS study? The MACS/WIHS CCS is the largest study of men and women with HIV in the US. Over 8000 men and women with HIV participate in the country, and many have participated for over 20 years. As many men and women are living longer with HIV, they now are affected but other health conditions (heart diseases, cancers, pulmonary disease, memory loss).

This study focuses on understanding how people with HIV age, and how they are affected by other chronic diseases. In Miami, we have women who have been part of this study (The WIHS or Women Interagency HIV Study) for the past 10 years, and now we also have men participating. Men and women come for one visit per year and they complete questionnaires, have a physical examination, and other tests (memory, heart, lungs). Findings from this study will help to improve the health of people living with HIV who are aging.

STAR Cohort for women 18-45 years of age

What is the STAR cohort? The STAR cohort is a study focused on understanding how HIV and HIV treatment affects women who are young (18-45 years of age), including those who are pregnant. The study is being conducted in 6 cities in the US: Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, Chapel Hill, Birmingham, and Jackson (Mississippi).

These are the cities with highest number of women living with HIV in the country. In this study, women who participate complete questionnaires that will help us understand how having HIV affect their life experiences (including mental health, depression, stigma), and we also focus on other aspects not usually included in HIV studies (oral health, and reproductive health). Women who are interested complete a questionnaire come for an in-person visit, and then once a year. We are looking forward to recruit 450 women in Miami. Findings from this study will help to improve the health of young women with HIV.

 

How can I contact the studies? Give us a call at 305-243-2188 or 305-243-2591, call or text 786 393 3665, or email id.researchunit@miami.edu. We have a research unit located at the University of Miami Medical campus and we conduct research in infectious diseases. If you don’t qualify for any of our studies, we can refer you to others that may interest you.

The WHIMS Study – Women, HIV, Immunology, Microbiome, and Sexual Health

The WHIMS Study – Women, HIV, Immunology, Microbiome, and Sexual Health, is looking for females, between the ages of 18-45, who are sexually active. The purpose of this study is to identify behaviors and biological factors that may predispose women to have repeated episodes of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). The study involves questionnaires and gynecological exams. The first visit will consist of a pregnancy test, a rapid HIV test, and a COVID test.

If those are negative, then a gynecological exam will be conducted for BV. If enrolled we will collect blood, urine, vaginal samples for research purposes and test for sexually transmitted infections (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis). Metronidazole will be prescribed for 1 week for BV positive women. Participants will complete up to 3 visits over 6 months. Each visit will be 2.5 hours and is compensated $100.  Click here for printable flyers in English and Spanish.


Recursos En Español

REACH Equity Team at University of Miami looking for CAB Members

Being on the Community Advisory Board allows for you to represent the Miami Latino MSM community and give input and insight on different aspects of our research projects, as well as helping in designing studies and procedures for our projects.

We are looking for Latino gay, bisexual, and other MSM for this role.

This is a great opportunity to make sure the Latino MSM community is represented in our research projects!

The role is compensated $50 monthly for your input, and if interested, please reach out to Brandon Quiroz (baq6@miami.edu) or Yareli Sosa (yxs1200@miami.edu) for more information. 

ESCALATE en español del 26 de febrero al 1 de marzo

¡Únete a nosotres en Miami para la capacitación ESCALATE en español del 26 de febrero al 1 de marzo de 2024! 

🌴 Descubre cómo reducir el estigma relacionado con el VIH y haz la diferencia en tu comunidad.

 Registra tu equipo hoy mismo:  https://targethiv.org/escalate/escalate-en-espanol*     

📚✨ #ESCALATEMiami #VIH #CapacitaciónEnEspañol”

¡Nuevo! Folletos de referencia rápida de la Guía de Capacitación en español!

¡Nuevo! Folletos de referencia rápida de la Guía de Capacitación en español* ¡A Planning CHATT le complace anunciar que ahora pueden descargarse las versiones en idioma español de nuestros folletos de referencia rápida! Estos folletos brindan información fundamental, consejos y prácticas apropiadas en relación con una amplia variedad de temas de planificación de VIH y actividades de los consejos de planificación/órganos de planificación (PC/PB, por sus siglas en inglés).
Los folletos de referencia rápida pueden encontrarse en la página web “Recursos de Planning CHATT en español”* disponible en TargetHIV.org, y dentro de los diez módulos de la Guía de Capacitación para los consejos de planificación/órganos de planificación de la Parte A del Programa Ryan White contra el VIH/SIDA* (RWHAP, por sus siglas en inglés).

Telesalud: atención médica desde la seguridad de nuestros hogares

Telesalud: atención médica desde la seguridad de nuestros hogares. Durante la emergencia de salud pública debida a la COVID-19, no tenemos que elegir entre la atención médica y el distanciamiento social. Cuando los pacientes reciben atención médica a través de telesalud, y los médicos usan esta tecnología, protegemos nuestra salud y la salud de nuestras comunidades.


Webinars and Training

February 2024

February 26-March 1: La capacitación ESCALATE en español

¡Únete a nosotres en Miami para la capacitación ESCALATE en español del 26 de febrero al 1 de marzo de 2024!

🌴 Descubre cómo reducir el estigma relacionado con el VIH y haz la diferencia en tu comunidad.
Registra tu equipo hoy mismo: https://targethiv.org/escalate/escalate-en-espanol*

📚✨ #ESCALATEMiami #VIH #CapacitaciónEnEspañol”

February 26-March 1: ESCALATE en Español Training

Join us in Miami for the ESCALATE en español training from February 26 to March 1, 2024!

🌴 Discover how to reduce HIV-related stigma and make a difference in your community. Register your team today: https://targethiv.org/escalate/escalate-en-espanol*

📚✨ #ESCALATEMiami #HIV #TrainingInSpanish

February 28: The Impact of Social Determinants or Health on HIV Prevention and Health Outcomes
February 28: Mental Health Disparities and Community Engagement

March 2024

March 5: Sustaining Community Engagement Peer Learning Series (1 of 3)

Successful Strategies to Recruit Planning Body Members*

  • March 5, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part One: Successful Strategies to Recruit Planning Body Members: During this session, participants will learn about collaborative integrated prevention and care planning activities; the importance of recruitment; recruitment strategy components; and the benefits, barriers, and competition for the recruitment audience
  • April 2, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Two: Successful Strategies to Retain Planning Body Member
  • May 7, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Three: Successful Strategies for Promotion
        

Meaningful community engagement is an essential integrated planning activity.

To support community engagement efforts, IHAP TAC is excited to announce the launch of a new peer learning series, Sustaining Community Engagement. This three-part series will encourage peer-to-peer sharing on recruitment, retention, and sustained community engagement in jurisdictional HIV prevention and care planning bodies. This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their recruitment and retention efforts!

Each session will take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm EST. Sessions will include a short presentation followed by breakout groups in which participants can share challenges with recruitment and retention along with solutions to address them. Participation in each session is recommended, but individual sessions will stand alone. All sessions will be recorded.

 

March 12: Partner Webinar: Sex, Pleasure, and PrEP

April 2024

April 2: Sustaining Community Engagement Peer Learning Series (2 of 3)

Successful Strategies to Retain Planning Body Members (registration link coming soon!)

  • March 5, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part One: Successful Strategies to Recruit Planning Body Members: During this session, participants will learn about collaborative integrated prevention and care planning activities; the importance of recruitment; recruitment strategy components; and the benefits, barriers, and competition for the recruitment audience
  • April 2, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Two: Successful Strategies to Retain Planning Body Member
  • May 7, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Three: Successful Strategies for Promotion
        

Meaningful community engagement is an essential integrated planning activity.

To support community engagement efforts, IHAP TAC is excited to announce the launch of a new peer learning series, Sustaining Community Engagement. This three-part series will encourage peer-to-peer sharing on recruitment, retention, and sustained community engagement in jurisdictional HIV prevention and care planning bodies. This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their recruitment and retention efforts!

Each session will take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm EST. Sessions will include a short presentation followed by breakout groups in which participants can share challenges with recruitment and retention along with solutions to address them. Participation in each session is recommended, but individual sessions will stand alone. All sessions will be recorded.

 

May 2024

May 7: Sustaining Community Engagement Peer Learning Series (3 of 3)

Successful Strategies for Promotion (registration link coming soon!)

  • March 5, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part One: Successful Strategies to Recruit Planning Body Members: During this session, participants will learn about collaborative integrated prevention and care planning activities; the importance of recruitment; recruitment strategy components; and the benefits, barriers, and competition for the recruitment audience
  • April 2, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Two: Successful Strategies to Retain Planning Body Member
  • May 7, 2024 at 1pm EST: Part Three: Successful Strategies for Promotion

Meaningful community engagement is an essential integrated planning activity.

To support community engagement efforts, IHAP TAC is excited to announce the launch of a new peer learning series, Sustaining Community Engagement. This three-part series will encourage peer-to-peer sharing on recruitment, retention, and sustained community engagement in jurisdictional HIV prevention and care planning bodies. This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their recruitment and retention efforts!

Each session will take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm EST. Sessions will include a short presentation followed by breakout groups in which participants can share challenges with recruitment and retention along with solutions to address them. Participation in each session is recommended, but individual sessions will stand alone. All sessions will be recorded.

 

Ongoing Programs and Archived Presentations

Examining Housing Instability and Care Outcomes among Women Living with HIV

Examining Housing Instability and Care Outcomes among Women Living with HIV  Presented by Dr. Sofia Fernandez, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.  Presented on October 29, 2022

HealthHIV - HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIV PCP) Program - CME Credit Hours!

HealthHIV’s HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIVPCP) Certification Program*

A free, online, self-paced curriculum comprised of eight e-learning modules in HIV prevention. Upon completion, participants receive the HealthHIV HIV Prevention Certified Provider Certification™ and a listing in the national HIVPCP Directory.

The HealthHIV HIVPCP Certification™ demonstrates competency in interdisciplinary, multi-level strategies for HIV prevention. Participants who complete the certification program will have an understanding of the foundation of HIV epidemiology and policy in the United States, the provider’s role in identifying HIV risk and new cases, high impact strategies to prevent HIV through status-neutral-navigation, clinical guidelines to implement PrEP, and a framework of cultural humility that improves clients’ access to and retention in care.

Program Overview

  • Module 1: HIV Prevention – Epidemiology, Interventions and Strategies
  • Module 2: HIV Testing and Assessing Risk for Short Behavioral Intervention and Referral
  • Module 3: Maintaining Serostatus Negative and Viral Suppression – Preventing HIV Acquisition and Transmission
  • Module 4: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinical
  • Module 5: Enhancing Cultural Humility and Understanding Barriers to Care
  • Module 6: PrEP Adherence, Part 1
  • Module 7: PrEP Adherence, Part 2
  • Module 8: TelePrEP Services – Improving PrEP Access
HealthHIV - HIV PrEP Navigation Certification Program - CME Credit Hours!

HealthHIV’s HIV PrEP Navigation Certification Program*

The only certification program offered to providers and allied health professionals focused on preparing providers to guide community members in their use of PrEP over time.

HIVPNC is designed to support and empower both clinical and non-clinical providers in providing inclusive, affirming PrEP navigation services backed by current data and clinical best practices.

By receiving HealthHIV’s HIV PrEP Navigation Certification, providers will demonstrate their commitment to assisting patients in: identifying the most appropriate PrEP options for them; gaining access to PrEP medications, care and monitoring; remaining adherent in their PrEP use; and, navigating changes in their lives that may require changes in their PrEP care.

Program Overview

  • Module 1: Introduction to PrEP
  • Module 2: PrEP Science
  • Module 3: Client-Centered Navigation Practices
  • Module 4: Getting to Know Your Clients
  • Module 5: Paying for PrEP
  • Module 6: Linkage to PrEP Care
  • Module 7: Starting and Keeping Up with PrEP
  • Module 8: Self-Care and Healthy Teams
HealthHIV - HIV Treatment Innovation Certificate Program - Earn up to 5 CME Credit Hours - Free!

The HealthHIV HIV Treatment Innovation Certificate Program* is a CME/CE-certified multi-module educational certificate program that will prepare providers already providing HIV care/treatment to treat more complex patient cases.

All modules are certified and participants can earn up to 5 Credits/Contact Hours (CME, MOC, NCPD, CPE, AAPA) for completion of the certificate.

Target Audience: This activity is intended for HIV care providers, primary care providers and general practitioners (includes MD/DO, NP, PA), nurses, pharmacists, patients/caregivers, and other professionals involved in the care of patients with HIV.

Media: Enduring Material
Release date: October 31, 2023
Expiration date: October 30, 2024
Time to complete: approx. 60 minutes per module

Miami-Dade County Ryan White Program Monthly Research Symposium

Miami-Dade County Ryan White Program Monthly Research Symposium Provided by Florida International University and Behavioral Science Research to explore findings from FIU/BSR research studies drawn from Ryan White Program client interviews and client data analyses.

Lessons learned about access to HIV care at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 22, 2022)

Challenges Experienced by Ryan White Program Clients During COVID (July 20, 2022)

Effective Women Centered Care Practices from Ryan White Program Client and Provider Perspectives (August 31, 2022)

Barriers to Adherence and Retention in HIV Care Among Women (September 21, 2022)

Office of Women's Health Webinars

Office of Women’s Health (OWH) Webinar Recordings* Recorded webinars from 2020-2023.

2023 OWH Recorded Webinars:

  • Preventing Gender-Based and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Overview of the 2023-2025 HRSA Strategy to Address IPV
  • New Resources to Improve Cervical Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Management
  • Connecting Women to Healthcare through HRSA’s Programs

 


Women, Families and Students

Women

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024 - The Well Project

Infant Feeding and HIV Survey 2024*

Building Equity, Ethics, and Education on Breastfeeding and HIV

The Well Project* is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls across the gender spectrum. The Well Project envisions a world in which women living with or vulnerable to HIV have the information, support, and tools they need to advocate for their health and well-being, and live free from stigma.

We invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us understand your current knowledge, awareness, and attitudes towards breast/chestfeeding and HIV. This survey is intended for all members of the HIV community including people living with HIV and their allies, healthcare providers and other professionals who work with people living with HIV. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you very much in advance for taking our survey and helping us better address the needs of our community!

Ashley’s Story - An Informed Journey Toward Breastfeeding

Read Ashley’s Story!*

Local HIV community advocate, Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership committee member, and “I am a Work of ART” campaign creative partner shares her journey with HIV.gov.

Notifying the Health Department of HIV Positive Pregnant Women

Notifying the Health Department of HIV Positive Pregnant Women 

It is necessary for Miami-Dade County Health Department to be notified as soon as a pregnant woman’s HIV status is determined in order to ensure and help facilitate the coordination of her care. It is understood that your facility may be able to provide care to HIV infected women during pregnancy. However, it is the suggestion of the Department of Health and Miami-Dade County Health Department that all pregnant women in Miami-Dade County that are diagnosed with HIV receive specialized care through the UM PRIMM clinic (Perinatal Immunology) located at 1490 NW 10 Street, Miami, FL.  There is also a suggestion for the HIV positive pregnant woman to receive TOPWA services (Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act) through Borinquen Health Care.

Click here for details on Notifying the Health Department of HIV Positive Pregnant Women

Click here for the High Risk Pregnancy Notification Form

Click here* for the FDOH TOPWA webpage

Click here* for AIDSinfo Updated Fact Sheet: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Infant Feeding and HIV 2022 (The Well Project)

The Well Project Survey – Infant Feeding and HIV 2022*

From NASTAD-EHE “The Well Project, a non-profit organization, have been working over the past 4 years to advance education, advocacy, research, and policy around breast/chestfeeding and HIV. They just launched an important (and brief) survey to help them better understand current knowledge and attitudes about breast/chestfeeding and HIV.”  Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding and HIV: Supporting Informed Choices* (thewellproject.org)

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) was created in 1999 to reach HIV-infected pregnant women or high risk pregnant women who are not receiving services.

Enroll Today! One of the many benefits of enrolling in the program are the baby showers hosted by TOPWA!

TOPWA Borinquen Medical Centers Facebook Page* We are all currently facing challenging times with the current pandemic. In efforts to still provide our TOPWA services to patients in need, we invite you to please share our current Facebook page to patients that can benefit from it. On the page, we are sharing information on local events, food drives, and COVID-19. In addition we will be having a virtual baby shower and raffling baby items. We want this Facebook page to bring new and existing moms a shine of hope during this pandemic.

Florida Department of Health TOPWA Page*

Abuse Hotline (DCF)

Reporting Child Abuse* Call 1 (800) 962-2873 or visit www.MyFLFamilies.com*

The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. If you suspect or know of a child or adult that is in immediate danger, call 911

Women Like Us – Aging Positively (The Well Project)

Women Like Us – Aging Positively* (The Well Project)

Women Like Us – Aging Positively focuses on increasing overall health and wellness among women aging with HIV by increasing social connectedness and access to relevant health information. This program aims to expand access to health information that centers the needs of women aging with HIV, improve patient-provider interactions and relationships, and decrease isolation. It also works to provide opportunities for women to connect with each other through The Well Project’s network, build health literacy, and expand leadership and capacity building among women aging with HIV.  Follow on Facebook*

HIV: Protecting the Health of All Women (HIV.gov)

HIV: Protecting the Health of All Women* (HIV.gov blog)

Though we have made tremendous progress in protecting the health of women and girls from HIV, they are still significantly impacted and continue to face challenges and barriers in accessing care, and disparities in outcomes . . .

CDC’s #ShesWell Initiative Aims to Increase PrEP Awareness among Women and Their Healthcare Providers

CDC’s #ShesWell Initiative Aims to Increase PrEP Awareness among Women and Their Healthcare Providers (HIV.gov)

CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together (Together)* campaign recently launched a new initiative called #ShesWell*, which is focused on increasing awareness about Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)* among women, building capacity among clinicians to prescribe PrEP to women who can benefit from it, and ultimately increasing PrEP use among women.  The #ShesWell initiative initially launched in June 2021 in four Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE)* jurisdictions: Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL; Orlando, FL; Fort Worth, TX; and Columbus, OH.

Domestic Violence Prevention Hotline: 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Domestic Violence Prevention* For immediate help, call the Hotline: 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Violence Prevention: Violence is an urgent public health problem. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life and can lead to a lifetime of physical, emotional, and economic problems. CDC is committed to preventing violence so that everyone can be safe and healthy.

Families

Domestic Violence Prevention Hotline: 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Domestic Violence Prevention* For immediate help, call the Hotline: 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

Violence Prevention: Violence is an urgent public health problem. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life and can lead to a lifetime of physical, emotional, and economic problems. CDC is committed to preventing violence so that everyone can be safe and healthy.

Abuse Hotline (DCF)

Reporting Child Abuse* Call 1 (800) 962-2873 or visit www.MyFLFamilies.com*

The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. If you suspect or know of a child or adult that is in immediate danger, call 911

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Florida DCF (myflfamilies.com)*

Find benefits and services in the state of Florida for children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.

FEMA Resources for Helping Children Cope After a Disaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEMA Resources for Helping Children Cope After a Disaster (English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole)

Students

Scale It Up (SIU) Florida - A youth-focused, community-based research consortium focused on promoting health equity among underserved youth populations in Florida

Scale It Up (SIU) Florida* is a youth-focused, community-based research consortium focused on promoting health equity among underserved youth populations in Florida through community-driven research, discovery, and innovation. We target HIV and other sexual health issues in adolescents and emerging adults (age 13-29) residing in Florida.

Contact siu-fl@med.fsu.edu for more information.

Raising Awareness about HIV in College and Supporting College Students with HIV

Raising Awareness about HIV in College and Supporting College Students with HIV* 

Featuring; Statistics about young people in the US, who are living with HIV and AIDS; HIV College Students’ Challenges and Rights; Scholarships and grants for students with HIV and AIDS; List of HIV Resources, Organizations & Advocacy Groups; and more.

Miami-Dade County CAHSD Head Start/Early Head Start Program

Miami-Dade County CAHSD Head Start/Early Head Start Program*

All Head Start / Early Head Start centers are open and providing in-person and virtual services to meet the needs of individual families.

  • Head Start and Early Head Start services are provided at no cost to families who qualify.
  • Early Head Start serves children from birth until they are 3 years old, as well as expectant mothers.
  • Head Start serves children who are 3 to 4 years old by September 1, or no older than 5 years old after September 1.
  • Head Start services are for families living in Miami-Dade County only.

* This page includes links to Ryan White Program and non-Ryan White Program funded services. Please contact your Medical Case Manager with questions about Ryan White Program eligibility.  By clicking links marked by an asterisk (*), you acknowledge you are leaving AIDSNET.org. We are not responsible for the content on these web sites.

 

 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the grant number H89HA00005, CFDA #93.914 – HIV Emergency Relief Project Grants, as part of a Fiscal Year 2023 award totaling $27,558,848 as of March 29, 2023, with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.

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