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WATERBURY

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CONNECTICUT

Region 2: Waterbury

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.

Waterbury Health Department

Increase HIV Education


  • Revamping education in schools

  • Abstinence-based education

  • Educate school-age kids at earlier age (13)

  • Doctor education

  • More education and advocacy at earlier ages

  • Education geared to younger population and elderly - more inclusive education

  • Educate parents on how to educate kids on HIV/STDs/Sex

  • Make testing available to kids under 13

  • Allow sex education in schools with parental notification/approval




Diversify Funding to Improve Capacity


  • Increase funding to improve capacity

  • Increase funding - only cuts lately

  • Increase testing sites

  • Create a Mayor's HIV Task Force for Waterbury

  • More funding

  • Get to 90-90-90




Increase Public HIV Advertising


  • More education to the general public

  • More open/honest commercials about HIV

  • More education and awareness to the senior population

  • More advertising on public trans and Uber/taxis

  • More news coverage lie Covid - reignite the conversation




New HIV Testing Options


  • More HIV/STI testing w/new Insti-tests




Target the Focus Populations


  • Outreach to at-risk populations

  • Home tests for free at health departments and major pharmacies

  • Mandating testing for people unaware of status

  • More empowerment groups for LGBTQ - include all ages

  • Use new rapid testing more often

  • Education to positive populations

  • Education where services are delivered - SSPs, drop-in centers, etc.

  • Easy access - one point person for client to get all services




Establish and Maintain Rapport with All Community Populations


  • Build a trust in the community - health department is confidential and can be trusted