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No. 2, 2009

Developing a Joint Agenda for 2009–2010 on Program Collaboration & Service Integration: Accelerating Implementation

In 2007, the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) set Program Collaboration and Service Integration (PCSI) as a cross-cutting programmatic imperative. PCSI is focused on improving collaboration between HIV, STD, TB, and viral hepatitis programs to integrate the delivery of services for patients in these programs.

On April 24, 2009, NCHHSTP staff and partners held a meeting in Washington, DC, at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) headquarters focusing on reviewing current and past efforts related to PCSI and joint planning for the future. Included in the meeting were representatives from the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the National Association of City & County Health Officials, the Urban Coalition of HIV AIDS Prevention Services, state departments of public health, CDC-funded training centers, and NCHHSTP staff.

In attendance for TB were representatives from the National TB Controllers Association (Jim Cobb, Carol Pozsik, and Kim Field), a representative from the TB Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (Lee Reichman), and staff from DTBE (Kashef Ijaz and Wanda Walton).

Specifically, the purpose of the meeting was to

  1. Exchange updates on PCSI accomplishments in 2008 and proposed plans for 2009–2010;
  2. Develop a collaborative PCSI agenda for 2009–2010; and
  3. Obtain input from partners on a PCSI evaluation plan.

After the meeting, Gustavo Aquino, NCHHSTP Associate Director for Program Integration, stated, “The ideas and inquiries provided during the meeting will help to inform our joint plans, and strengthen future PCSI activities aimed at enhancing our prevention programs and integrated services.  We will be reviewing and sharing the meeting notes, and will continue working closely with you in developing joint plans and next steps for moving forward.”

For additional information, including updated reports on activities, please see the NCHHSTP Program Collaboration & Service Integration website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/programintegration/

—Reported by Wanda Walton, PhD
Div of TB Elimination

 

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