About the Workshop Series

The Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States (EHE) initiative was launched in 2019 by health agencies across the US Department of Health and Human Services as a direct investment into jurisdictions with high HIV burdens. The initiative prioritizes HIV responses in 50 counties and municipalities (48 counties, Washington DC, and San Juan, Puerto Rico) and 7 states. Of note, this initiative is closely aligned with the objectives of the global Fast-Track Cities initiative, which in the United States seeks to support urban HIV leadership in many of the same cities and counties towards the EHE goal of reducing new HIV infections by 90% by 2030.

   

         

Intra-Jurisdictional Alignment

Through grant support from ViiV Healthcare, IAPAC and the Fast-Track Cities Institute launched a series of US Intra-Jurisdictional EHE-FTC Alignment Workshops on February 15, 2023, with an initial 1-day highly interactive workshop featuring local stakeholders engaged in the Atlanta/Fulton County HIV response. Benefiting from local, state, and national insights, the discussion laid out the framework for a yearlong dialogue around program challenges in relation to the holistic and multisectoral approach to ending urban HIV epidemics. Each workshop has outlined gaps, barriers, and potential opportunities to support Fast-Track Cities that overlap with EHE counties in attaining shared goals, including:

  • optimizing social determinants of health to achieve U=U,
  • aligning county and state HIV policies and health financing,
  • addressing barriers to optimizing HIV prevention and treatment, and
  • implementing HIV status neutrality frameworks in various settings.

As of March 1, 2024, IAPAC has coordinated 14 alignment workshops in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Charleston-Columbia (combined), Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Tampa. An additional four will take place in Boston, San Juan, PR, St. Louis, and the District of Columbia.

The workshop series will culminate with an Inter-Jurisdictional EHE-FTC Workshop to be held in the District of Columbia. This wrap-up workshop will explore opportunities to fast-track EHE goals, objectives, and targets by applying lessons learned and best practices from the Fast-Track Cities network. As important, IAPAC and the Fast-Track Cities Institute will publish a report featuring best practices on addressing intersecting challenges to engaging in the next phase of ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.

This webpage houses the workshop programs as well as PPT presentations delivered by local, state, and national stakeholders at each of the US Intra-Jurisdictional EHE-FTC Alignment Workshops.

For more information about the series of US Intra-Jurisdictional EHE-FTC Alignment Workshops, to join the Fast-Track Cities network, and/or to partner with IAPAC and the Fast-Track Cities Institute within your respective cities, contact Dash Sears at dsears@ftcinstitute.org.