The Unspoken Legacy of Governor Mario M. Cuomo

By Julie M. Scofield, Executive Director, NASTAD

Former Governor Mario CuomoWhile some may choose to remember former Governor Mario M. Cuomo for the two chartered airplanes on the tarmac in December 1991 and a legacy lacking a signature initiative, I choose to remember the late Governor for setting the stage for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State.” What has yet to be said in the news of Governor Cuomo’s passing is that in addition to a recession and divided legislature, Governor Mario M. Cuomo led New York State at the height of the AIDS epidemic when there was very little to offer those who were sick and dying rapidly. In 1983 when Governor Cuomo took office very little was known about AIDS – the case definition had just come out in September of 1982. By the end of Governor Cuomo’s first year in office, New York State had 1,373 cumulative cases of AIDS, 44.8% of the national total reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by that time. Continue reading

Partnering with Legislators, Policymakers and Advocates to Improve Health Outcomes for Black Gay Men

By Justin T. Rush, Nicholas A. Rango Fellow, NASTAD

Georgia Sexual Health Policy SymposiumIn order to educate policymakers and community members on a number of sexual health topics, NASTAD partnered with the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) to host the Georgia Sexual Health Policy Symposium on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2014. Convened with the purpose of advancing sexual health outcomes in Georgia, the symposium was an opportunity for legislators, policymakers and advocates to reverse the tide of rapidly increasing rates of STDs, including HIV amongst marginalized populations, specifically among Black gay men/MSM. Continue reading

Year in Review: Top Blog Series

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

As we prepare to close out the year, we at NASTAD are looking back at some of the stories and content that generated the most interest on website and blog in 2014. We encourage you to revisit these stories and share the information as you prepare your jurisdiction or organization for the New Year. Continue reading

Year in Review: Top 10 Health Department HIV Program Resources for 2014

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

NASTAD LogoAs we prepare to close out the year, we at NASTAD are looking back at some of the stories and content that generated the most interest on our website and blog in 2014. We encourage you to revisit these stories and share the information as you prepare your jurisdiction or organization for the New Year. Continue reading

RECAP: Webinar on HRSA’s Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum (CEBACC)

By Terrance Moore, Director, Health Equity and Policy, NASTAD and Project Director, CEBACC

View the presentation slides | Watch the webinar recording

Over the past few months the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has been moving forward diligently with our cooperative agreement with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a technical assistance (TA) center. The Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum (CEBACC) will identify, compile, and disseminate best practices and effective models for HIV clinical care and treatment across the HIV care continuum, in order to increase the capacity, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare providers to screen, diagnose, link, and retain Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in HIV clinical care.

We recently conducted our first webinar to provide updates on our progress, and even offer more information about the work we have been doing. During this webinar we explored key themes from our focus group discussions between health care providers and Black gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). From August to November, we have conducted 19 focus groups with Black gay men/MSM as well as their providers. We shared an overview of our findings such as emerging themes, successful strategies and challenges both groups faced.

We are making great strides in compiling best care models and promising practices occurring in places around the country. The information from the focus groups will help influence the models and how we disseminate information about the project. As part of our next phase of focus groups, we will take some information from our models and current findings to ensure everything aligns with what resources patients and providers are requesting.

After speaking with providers, we found out they are craving more resources to better engage this key population. As part of our TA center, we are developing training modules that include continuing medical education (CME)/continuing nursing education (CNE)/continuing education units (CEU) for physicians, nurses, and other providers.

With the CEBACC project, we are partnering with HRSA and a range of national and community partners to build a bridge between Black gay men/MSM patients and health care providers. Not only are these outcomes dear to our staff, federal and national partners involved with CEBACC, this project also aligns with the national goals of accelerating improvements in HIV prevention and care, and reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities.

In the question and answer period that followed, the presenters were able to field a number of questions posed by webinar participants and direct them to various resources for more information. Stay tuned for a forthcoming post addressing the most frequently asked questions during the webinar.

To learn more, view the slides and webinar. If you have questions about the project, please contact Terrance Moore or leave a comment below.