Despite the progress public health campaigns have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, efforts have been less successful for some groups, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and men who have sex with men. Compared to Whites, the rate of new infections is 8 times higher among African Americans and 3 times higher among Hispanics. Men who have sex with men accounted for 63% of all new infections in 2010. In addition to dealing with the illness, people with HIV face the added burden of being stigmatized and discriminated against.
However, one proven way to help prevent HIV in at-risk communities is through public-private partnerships.
The CDC asked Westat to assist its Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention’s (DHAP’s) National Partnerships Team to
- Identify, engage, and mobilize partners in HIV/AIDS prevention, including national campaigns and awareness days
- Provide technical assistance and training to partners as needed
Westat is focusing on the following tasks.
- Develop an online partner portal that will help partners coordinate their efforts more effectively
- Provide training and technical assistance to partners to improve their capacity to HIV prevention work
- Transform groups and individuals that already have partnership relationships with the National Partnership Team into “HIV Champions” to improve sustainability of partnerships
- Create tools to evaluate the efforts and overall effectiveness of partnerships
Although we are still in the early stages of the project, we
- Are developing a plan for improving communication between DHAP and its partners
- Have developed materials to help partners promote National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15