About the Intra-Jurisdictional EHE/FTC Alignment Workshop Series

On February of 2019, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative as a direct investment into areas with high HIV burdens. The initiative engages 50 jurisdictions (48 counties, Washington DC, and San Juan, Puerto Rico) and 7 states. This Federal initiative to address HIV through data and upscaling innovations in interventions is closely aligned with the objectives of the Fast-Track Cities initiative, which seeks to support urban leadership in many of the same cities and counties towards the aim of ending their urban HIV epidemics by 2030.

The Goals for Intra-Jurisdictional Alignment

The Intra-Jurisdictional EHE/FTC Alignment Workshop Series was kicked off on February 15, 2023, with an initial 7.5-hour workshop with stakeholders in the Atlanta/Fulton County HIV response. Benefiting from local, state, and national insights, the discussion laid out the framework for a yearlong dialogue that will delve into program challenges in relation to the holistic and multisectoral approach to ending urban HIV epidemics. Each workshop outlines the gaps, barriers, and potential opportunities to support Fast-Track Cities in tackling the shared EHE and FTC goals of attaining the 95-95-95 goals; optimizing social determinants for U=U; county and state alignment, and barriers to implementing prevention policy, treatment policy, and HIV status neutrality frameworks in clinical settings.

IAPAC will coordinate 18 city-specific online dialogue sessions, each in a US Fast-Track City starting in Atlanta and ending in Boston (where the February 9, 2022, dialogue framing discussion took place). The 18 cities selected to host dialogue sessions include Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Columbia, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Juan, St. Louis, Tampa, as well as the District of Columbia. The city-specific sessions will facilitate dialogue between city, county, state, and national policy makers, as well as city and county health department officials, clinicians and service providers, and community advocates.

A final 19th Inter-Jurisdictional workshop will be held in the District of Columbia following the 18 city workshops that will feature stakeholder from each city meeting with Federal partners from the White House, CDC, HRSA, and HUD to discuss intersecting challenges in City-Federal alignment of barriers and opportunities stemming from shared challenges discussed by each jurisdiction that received a workshop.

As important, the workshops will conclude with a report at the conclusion of the series featuring best practices on addressing intersecting challenges and barriers to engaging the next phase of ending HIV in the U.S.

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

The series of Intra-Jurisdictional EHE-FTC Alignment Workshops are made possible through grant support from ViiV Healthcare.