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Region 3: Bridgeport

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NEW HAVEN

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WATERBURY

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BRIDGEPORT

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STAMFORD-NORWALK

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DANBURY

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HARTFORD

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CONNECTICUT

Between November 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021, HIV stakeholders in New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stamford/Norwalk, Danbury and Hartford participated in a series of facilitated planning sessions to envision what needed to occur to end the HIV epidemic in their communities. Participants included staff of organizations providing HIV prevention and care services, planning body and task force members, and representatives of advocacy and community groups.

 

To date, more than 115 individuals have participated. For many of these people, it was the first time they had been formally asked to take part HIV planning process. Additional organizations will take part through April 30, 2021.

 

Click on the links(s) below to see the outcome of the planning activities that have occurred in this region.

Liberation Program

Create Safe, Sacred Spaces for People to Talk About HIV


  • How has Christ positioned the church to take care of god's people - you don't choose heterosexuals to get AIDS too

  • Be willing to speak and listen in Faith conversations between LGBTQ and heterosexuals - God won't strike you dead for doing this

  • With Church - both sides need to speak and listen - non-judgmental forum




Advocate, Eductae and Bring Awareness


  • Renewed community advocacy - educate the community about HIV and prevention

  • More community engagement

  • Educate about sexual networks - number of sex partners




Social Media


  • More advertisements and HIV awareness

  • Increase use of PrEP




The Future


  • Mandate HIV testing for all doctor visits in emergency rooms

  • HIV vaccination - maybe like Covid

  • More PrEP education

  • Better healthcare system

  • More city officials on board - Mayor, police - raise awareness and talk about it




My Story/Transparency


  • Share real life experience - buddy system with peers to help get in care

  • Targeting youth about the seriousness of HIV - no fear

  • Addressing historical trauma - great with real life experiences

  • More funding to remove barriers to care




Evolution of Care - Expanded Collaboration


  • More collaboration w/ partners - not work in silos

  • Early education on health, sexuality, & STD's, & HIV/AIDS

  • City-wide promotions - talk about HIV like you talk about Corona - promote HIV awareness and services this way

  • Change the language of negative stereo types

  • More walk-in testing sites

  • Effective strategies to address stigma

  • More collaboration with other partners

  • Non-traditional sites for HIV testing




Funding & Resources


  • Additional funding

  • Better research and education around HIV

  • Silos are linked to funding - federal RFPs force you to enter into partnerships. State and local funding is limited - partnerships aren't funded, just connected - need to have more coordinated - funding classes us to be competitors

  • Increase resources for co-occurring conditions

  • Housing 1st perspective - house someone first, deal with issues next. For PLWH, housing is first, then deal with everything else (adherence, etc.)

  • Address socioeconomic challenges





Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program

Create Safe, Sacred Spaces for People to Talk About HIV


  • How has Christ positioned the church to take care of god's people - you don't choose heterosexuals to get AIDS too

  • Be willing to speak and listen in Faith conversations between LGBTQ and heterosexuals - God won't strike you dead for doing this

  • With Church - both sides need to speak and listen - non-judgmental forum




Advocate, Eductae and Bring Awareness


  • Renewed community advocacy - educate the community about HIV and prevention

  • More community engagement

  • Educate about sexual networks - number of sex partners




Social Media


  • More advertisements and HIV awareness

  • Increase use of PrEP




The Future


  • Mandate HIV testing for all doctor visits in emergency rooms

  • HIV vaccination - maybe like Covid

  • More PrEP education

  • Better healthcare system

  • More city officials on board - Mayor, police - raise awareness and talk about it




My Story/Transparency


  • Share real life experience - buddy system with peers to help get in care

  • Targeting youth about the seriousness of HIV - no fear

  • Addressing historical trauma - great with real life experiences

  • More funding to remove barriers to care




Evolution of Care - Expanded Collaboration


  • More collaboration w/ partners - not work in silos

  • Early education on health, sexuality, & STD's, & HIV/AIDS

  • City-wide promotions - talk about HIV like you talk about Corona - promote HIV awareness and services this way

  • Change the language of negative stereo types

  • More walk-in testing sites

  • Effective strategies to address stigma

  • More collaboration with other partners

  • Non-traditional sites for HIV testing




Funding & Resources


  • Additional funding

  • Better research and education around HIV

  • Silos are linked to funding - federal RFPs force you to enter into partnerships. State and local funding is limited - partnerships aren't funded, just connected - need to have more coordinated - funding classes us to be competitors

  • Increase resources for co-occurring conditions

  • Housing 1st perspective - house someone first, deal with issues next. For PLWH, housing is first, then deal with everything else (adherence, etc.)

  • Address socioeconomic challenges