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The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) represents the nation’s chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments. NASTAD is dedicated to reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis infections in the United States and its territories; providing comprehensive, compassionate, and high-quality care to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis; and ensuring responsible public policies.
NASTAD educates about and advocates for the necessary federal funding to achieve these goals and promotes communication between state and local health departments and HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis care and treatment programs. NASTAD supports and encourages the use of applied scientific knowledge and input from affected communities to guide the development of effective policies and programs.
To meet the goal of reducing HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis incidence, ensuring quality care and treatment and improving health outcomes, NASTAD adopted a revised strategic map that outlines five organizational priorities through 2013:
- Advocacy for sound policy and adequate funding and flexibility so health departments may address their needs.
- Capacity building/technical assistance that is responsive and proactive to meet health-department-identified needs using a peer-to-peer approach.
- Partnerships to enhance policy and program work to strengthen the role of health departments.
- Communicating the importance and success of health department programs using a united voice.
- Organizational effectiveness: solid financial policy, strategic risk management, enhanced administrative efficiency, and meaningful leadership and staff development.
NASTAD accomplishes its mission and works toward its vision by focusing on these core priorities across several areas of work: health disparities, social determinants, program systems, integration, workforce and leadership development, new technologies, and emerging issues. With the endorsement of this strategic map, NASTAD members also expanded the organizational vision and mission to include viral hepatitis in recognition of the important role health departments play in responding to the viral hepatitis epidemics. NASTAD has provided support and technical assistance to health department hepatitis programs and leadership in national hepatitis advocacy for more than 10 years.
NASTAD is commemorating 20 years since state AIDS directors first came together to speak in a collective voice. Over the last 20 years, NASTAD has advocated for public health programs and the populations most impacted by HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. This commitment continues today and into the future, until we have a world free of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis.
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Director Humberto Cruz, NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield, and Thomas Liberti of the Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the 2010 HRSA grantees meeting
As major implementing partners in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (PDF) , NASTAD members are engaging in meaningful and sustained relationships with federal partners to ensure the strategy maintains credibility and accountability and ultimately proves successful in meeting the goals of the strategy.
Nearly two years before the
release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, NASTAD members produced The
Blueprint: Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Through the Power of Prevention. (PDF)
NASTAD members believe we are at a point in the epidemic where we must
scale up primary HIV prevention efforts, support services that address the
factors associated with the transmission of HIV, and actively fight to remove
obstacles that impede our progress.
Health departments are responsible for coordinating and
planning for the delivery of both HIV prevention and care services. This
coordination involves convening local health jurisdictions, scientists,
providers, community members, and consumers, as well developing comprehensive
statewide prevention and care plans. As such, it is essential that state health
departments are involved in the coordination of Enhanced Comprehensive HIV
Prevention Planning and Implementation for Metropolitan Statistical
Areas Most Affected by HIV/AIDS (ECHPP) planning efforts in funded
jurisdictions to ensure that these activities build upon existing state and
local plans. ECHPP represents an exciting and definitive step in the
implementation of the NHAS. Adequately resourced, enhanced planning supports
health departments’ critical charge to reduce HIV incidence, increase access to
care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities.
Throughout the implementation process of the NHAS, NASTAD
and its members will continue to work in partnership with affected stakeholders
and public and private partners to realize our vision of a nation (and world)
free of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis.
NASTAD offers a number of resources for prevention and care programs.
NASTAD’s Report "A Través de Nuestros Ojos (Through Our Eyes)"
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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