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Community Ownership of HIV in the Golden Triangle. Ingrid Holmes Public Health Director. Decreasing HIV Rates in Jefferson County. Where we were Where we are Where we are going. Historical Perspective. Collaborative efforts starting in 1990s

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Community Ownership of HIVin the Golden Triangle

Ingrid Holmes

Public Health Director


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Decreasing HIV Ratesin Jefferson County

  • Where we were

  • Where we are

  • Where we are going


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Historical Perspective

  • Collaborative efforts starting in 1990s

  • Cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur Health Departments join forces to reduce AIDS

  • Triangle AIDS Network (TAN) and Project AIDS Land Manor (PALM) created in 1980s

  • State funding


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Services Offered byCommunity Based Organizations (CBOs)

  • TAN

    • Group-level Interventions

      • Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA)

      • Healthy Relationships

  • PALM

    • Protocol Based Prevention Counseling and Testing (PBC)

    • Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS)

      • an individual-level multi-session HIV prevention intervention focused on persons who have difficulty initiating or maintaining HIV risk reduction behaviors

      • Targets individuals with HIV/AIDS who are at risk of transmitting infection to others

    • HIV Early Intervention (HEI)

      • Targets clients who are substance users/abusers with HIV/AIDS


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Services Offered by Local Health Departments in Jefferson County

Beaumont and Port Arthur Health Departments

  • Offer comprehensive sexually transmitted infection services

    • Testing; treatment; referral when needed

  • Disease Intervention Services (DIS)



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Current Collaborative Efforts CountyRelating to HIV

  • Formulation of Syphilis Elimination Committee

    • Lamar University, St. Elizabeth, Baptist Hospital, Beaumont Independent School District (BISD), Local Health Departments, CBOs

      • Result = Reduction in Syphilis Rates

    • African American Women and HIV

      • DSHS Initiative

    • Women and HIV

      • Ready in Red – City of Beaumont


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Social Marketing County

  • Encouraging testing

  • Billboards

  • Buses

  • 211

  • Non traditional sources

  • Vehicle wraps

  • Media


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Role of Public Health and CountyHow We Can Help

Disease Intervention Services (DIS)

  • Conducts public health follow-up for newly diagnosed cases of HIV

  • The role of the DIS is to intervene in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases

  • Clients may refuse to talk with a DIS; clients can decline services.


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Partners for Testing County

  • University

  • CBOs

  • Community Health Centers

  • Correctional Facilities

  • TB and STD Clinics

  • Faith Based Organizations

  • Hospitals

  • Pharmacies





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Key Points for Collaboration County

  • Identify the problem / need

  • Enlist commitment from Senior Leadership of identified organizations

  • Identify the coalition’s principles and goals

  • Develop short term goals

  • Encourage diverse membership with multifaceted skills and level of involvement

  • Invite all those who express an interest; then make them feel welcome and define their role.


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Collaboration Through Coalition Building County

  • Create

  • Connect

  • Commit

  • Celebrate


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A CountySuccessStory




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Requirements for a Successful Coalition County

  • Keep momentum going

  • Define goals and objectives

  • Create short time goals

  • Funding issues


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Dialogue County


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Collaboration Through Coalition Building County

  • Create

  • Connect

  • Commit

  • Celebrate


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Identify Community Needs County

What are the next steps?


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