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Region 4: Stamford-Norwalk

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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.

Family Health Centers

HIV in All Health Care


  • Mandatory testing during annual physicals

  • Easier access to healthcare/ increased access to testing

  • Do what we did for Covid! We'd end it!

  • More condom drives/ STD protection

  • Better self-confidence leads to better self-love leads to better self-care

  • Health care staff and social workers be more compassionate




Community Action


  • Forums to locate the target population (MSM, Trans, AA Women)

  • Invite community leaders to take part in community action

  • More group sessions for PLWH - peer connections

  • Outreach to clubs, bars and other organizations

  • Promote round tables to better understand how clients take meds - reasons not compliant




Education


  • Information that is gathered from Case Managers and front-line staff should be implemented/ considered

  • Education to remove the stigma

  • Educate the community on adherence and U=U

  • Educating our churches

  • Education for the Hispanic and Haitian communities on HIV and stigma

  • Use social media/ dating sites to educate on HIV and U=U (heterosexual)

  • We plan it - let's do it!

  • Address condom fatigue - push U=U




Planning Modifications


  • Less red tape! Lots of policies and guidelines

  • Funding - politicized cuts and how to run around cuts

  • More diversity in the planning councils/ decision-makers

  • More support less stress, guidelines, procedures) for HIV advocates, Case Managers, and front-line people





Mid Fairfield AIDS Project

HIV in All Health Care


  • Mandatory testing during annual physicals

  • Easier access to healthcare/ increased access to testing

  • Do what we did for Covid! We'd end it!

  • More condom drives/ STD protection

  • Better self-confidence leads to better self-love leads to better self-care

  • Health care staff and social workers be more compassionate




Community Action


  • Forums to locate the target population (MSM, Trans, AA Women)

  • Invite community leaders to take part in community action

  • More group sessions for PLWH - peer connections

  • Outreach to clubs, bars and other organizations

  • Promote round tables to better understand how clients take meds - reasons not compliant




Education


  • Information that is gathered from Case Managers and front-line staff should be implemented/ considered

  • Education to remove the stigma

  • Educate the community on adherence and U=U

  • Educating our churches

  • Education for the Hispanic and Haitian communities on HIV and stigma

  • Use social media/ dating sites to educate on HIV and U=U (heterosexual)

  • We plan it - let's do it!

  • Address condom fatigue - push U=U




Planning Modifications


  • Less red tape! Lots of policies and guidelines

  • Funding - politicized cuts and how to run around cuts

  • More diversity in the planning councils/ decision-makers

  • More support less stress, guidelines, procedures) for HIV advocates, Case Managers, and front-line people