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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The next THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, October 17 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held in the Nifty-Fifty Conference room, building 626 on the Austin State Hospital Campus, 4110 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78751 (ASH map, campus map PDF : 552 kb). Parking is available around the building, with the entrance being on the Guadalupe Street side.

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.

II. Approval of previous meeting minutes (February 21, 2014) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee

III. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services – Janna Zumbrun

IV. THMP Budget Update – DSHS Staff

V. ADAP/SPAP update reports – DSHS Staff

VI. Presentation – FDA approval of Triumeq dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine)-ViiV

VII. Discussion and vote on recommendation to add Triumeq dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine) to the THMP formulary – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee

VIII. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.

IX. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.

X. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

 

Post Date and Time Friday, September 5, 2014


CDC Funding Announcement: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations

CDC has announced the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS15-1502: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations. The FOA was published September 3, 2014 on www.grants.gov (please find the instructions for accessing the FOA below). Letters of Intent are due September 17, 2014. The application deadline is November 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

To access the Announcement and Application Package:

  1. Select: “Applicants” from the top menu
  2. Select: “Apply for Grants”
  3. Select: “Download a Grant Application Package”
  4. In the “Funding Opportunity Number” box, type the number formatted as: CDC-RFA-PS15-1502

For additional information, please visit the PS15-1502 website www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/funding/announcements/ps15-1502/index.html. The website will be updated regularly with new information. Please forward all questions to CBOFOA@cdc.gov.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 5, 2014


Social Network Strategy for Counseling, Testing, and Referral Training

A Social Network Strategy (SNS) for Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) is scheduled for October 21-22 in San Antonio. SNS for CTR is an evidence supported approach to recruiting high-risk people into HIV testing services. SNS is based on the underlying principles that people in the same social network share the same risks and risk behaviors for HIV. In addition, people in the same social network know and trust each other and can exert influence on each other.

To register to attend the SNS for CTR training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Registration closes on September 19.

To learn more about SNS for CTR, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


Call for Center of Excellence for Transgender Health National Advisory Board Member Applicants

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) combines the unique strengths and resources of a nationally renowned training and capacity-building institution, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), and an internationally recognized leader in HIV prevention research, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), both of which are housed at the University of California San Francisco.

The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. An essential part of the CoE's success is continued programmatic guidance from people with expertise in transgender health and or HIV. This guidance takes shape through a National Advisory Board (NAB), which provides input throughout the program development process and shares in decision-making, prioritizing prevention needs, reviewing materials, and disseminating information about the CoE to their own local communities.

The CoE is seeking six highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates for a two year NAB service term.

Ideal NAB Candidates:

  • Must have a good understanding of and a commitment to the mission, goals and objectives of the CoE.
  • Assist in fundraising efforts, based on one's individual financial capacity and one's network of community resources.
  • Has professional and/or personal skills and expertise that are considered an asset to the NAB.
  • Is willing to represent the CoE in the broader community and to speak in support of the mission of the CoE.
  • Can sustain and demonstrate commitment to the CoE on a regular basis.
  • Will contribute in a positive way with enthusiasm and excitement about the CoE.
  • Is willing to attend trainings and meetings and, in general, commit to being part of this evolving agency.
  • Has the ability to monitor and to analyze public policy developments and participate in advocacy efforts when necessary.
  • Understands the cultural, social, and policy trends impacting trans people.
  • Be available to initiate, lead and participate in NAB initiatives and committee work.
  • Be reasonably accessible by phone or in person to CoE NAB and center leadership.
  • Must possess relationship management skills and a natural affinity for collaborative works and demonstrated ability for engaging, persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.

As an estimate, active NAB participation requires a commitment of not more than four hours monthly for NAB meetings, committee meetings, conferences, and telephone calls. NAB leadership, which includes a NAB Chair, Vice-Chair and Committee Chairs, will have additional responsibilities that will require up to an additional four hours monthly.

The CoE invites those interested in becoming a NAB member to submit a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, cover letter stating interest and specific skills contribution as a potential advisory member. All NAB applicants will be reviewed by an internal review committee. Selected final candidates will be contacted individually for an interview by CoE staff and/or the internal review committee.

All applications must be submitted via email to Angel Ventura at angel.ventura@ucsf.edu no later than October 1, 2014. Feel free to contact Angel with any questions related to the application process.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


National HIV Workforce Survey Deadline Extended to September 2

The most powerful assets in the fight against HIV in Texas are the dedicated workers and volunteers that provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With so many new developments in research, prevention and treatment, it's crucial for HIV professionals and volunteers to have a solid understanding of the science of HIV. We need a better understanding of what the members of the HIV workforce know and don't know about the science of HIV so that appropriate training can be offered to these front line workers.

You can participate in an online survey to assess the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of people working or volunteering in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Texas. The survey takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. Go to www.aidssurvey.com by September 2 to take the survey online.

Once the survey is completed, DSHS will produce a report on the responses for Texas, and the results will be used to shape training offerings.

The survey is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute, the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, John Hopkins University, the Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference Guidebook App is Live!

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceAvoid the Rush! Download the Conference Guidebook App Today.

If you plan to attend next week’s Texas HIV/STD Conference, be sure to download our newly launched Guidebook event app on your mobile device.

Guidebook is your paperless mobile source for all things related to the conference, including last-minute updates, detailed session descriptions, speaker and exhibitor information, local restaurant recommendations and much more. You can also use Guidebook to create your own conference schedule and connect to social media.

Because heavy public wi-fi traffic may make downloading difficult on the opening day of the conference, we strongly recommend that all participants download Guidebook prior to arrival.

You may download Guidebook for free at our landing page by scanning a QR code with your mobile device or entering your phone number to have a download link texted to you. Internet access is required to download the Guidebook on your device. Once downloaded, conference information will be automatically updated every time you open Guidebook.

You may also access the conference Guidebook page on the web.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 14, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting

The next THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, October 17 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held in the Nifty-Fifty Conference room, building 626 on the Austin State Hospital Campus, 4110 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78751. The agenda will be posted when available.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 14, 2014


2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference Overflow Hotel

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceThe 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference will be on August 19-21, 2014 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel at 9721 Arboretum Boulevard in Austin. The Renaissance Austin Hotel has sold out the conference room block. Those needing hotel reservations can contact the conference overflow hotel:

Holiday Inn NW Arboretum
8901 Business Park Drive
Austin, TX 78759
Call 800-465-4329 to make a reservation.
Group code: THS
Cutoff: August 8, 2014
Group Rate: $85 per night plus tax

Post Date and Time Tuesday, July 22, 2014


World Hepatitis Day Educational Event

World Hepatitis DayJoin DSHS in acknowledging World Hepatitis Day (July 28, 2014) by attending a presentation on the latest information regarding viral hepatitis. The presentation will be held:

Monday, July 28, 2014
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
West Auditorium
Building 582 (campus map)
Austin State Hospital (map)
4110 Guadalupe Street
Austin

World Hepatitis Day was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases. The training will cover:

  • Updated National Action Plan to Address Viral Hepatitis
  • New USPSTF Testing Recommendations for HBV and HCV testing
  • New FDA Approved HCV Combination Therapies

Refreshments and training materials will be provided!

To register to attend this event, e-mail hepatitis@dshs.state.tx.us. To learn more about World Hepatitis Day, visit the World Hepatitis Alliance website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the United States: Whom and How to Test

In the United States, of the 1.1 million persons infected with HIV and the 2.7 million infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), approximately 16% and 50%, respectively, are unaware of their infection. Highly effective treatments have turned both diseases into manageable conditions, and in the case of hepatitis C, a disease that can be cured. Early diagnosis is imperative so that infected persons can take measures to stay healthy, get into care, benefit from therapy, and reduce the risk of transmission.

A new report reviews CDC and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on whom to screen for HIV and HCV infections, and recommendations from the CDC, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute on how to test for these infections.

Learn more [Oxford Journals]

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


Healthy Relationships Training in San Antonio

A Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators is scheduled for October 7-10 in San Antonio. This four-day course provides facilitators with the knowledge, skills, and practice to successfully implement Healthy Relationships in their community. Trainees will learn the science behind Healthy Relationships, including the core elements and behavioral theories, as well as the steps to implementation. Through practice assignments and observations, trainees will have the opportunity to view and practice facilitating most of the intervention, including facilitating discussions around sample movie clips that can be used in their implementation of Healthy Relationships.

This course does not teach group facilitation skills. Trainees will need to be skilled in small group facilitation prior to attending Healthy Relationships.

To learn more and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


NEDSS Base System STD Module Webinar

A webinar demonstration of the new STD Module of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System (NBS) can be viewed on July 24 starting at 1:00 p.m. CT. NBS provides reporting jurisdictions with a NEDSS-compatible information system to facilitate transferring health, laboratory, and clinical data efficiently and securely over the Internet. The demo will focus on case management and other STD-specific features of the NBS. Staff from CDC’s Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance will be available to answer questions about the NBS STD Module development and implementation.

Registration is required for the ‘Demonstration of the NEDSS Base System STD Module’ Webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and archived on CDC Division of STD Prevention's Webinars Page by August 7.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


U.S. HIV Workforce Survey Responses Needed by July 16

The most powerful assets in the fight against HIV in Texas are the dedicated workers and volunteers that provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With so many new developments in research, prevention and treatment, it's crucial for HIV professionals and volunteers to have a solid understanding of the science of HIV. We need a better understanding of what the members of the HIV workforce know and don't know about the science of HIV so that appropriate training can be offered to these front line workers.

You can participate in an online survey to assess the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of people working or volunteering in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Texas. The survey takes only 10-15 minutes to complete, and is divided into three parts: Part 1 includes demographic and screening questions; Part 2 includes knowledge questions; and Part 3 includes questions about biomedical interventions. Survey participants will have 60 seconds to answer each knowledge question, but there is no time limit for all other questions. Go to www.aidssurvey.com by July 16 to take the survey online.

Once the survey is completed, DSHS will produce a report on the responses for Texas, and the results will be used to shape training offerings.

The survey is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute, the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, John Hopkins University, the Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Implementing Fourth Generation HIV Tests Webinar July 15

The webinar, "Implementing Fourth Generation HIV Tests" will be held on July 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT. This one hour webinar will focus on the technology and implications of new fourth generation HIV tests as well as practical considerations for initiating their use in clinical and non-clinical (outreach) settings. The webinar will feature:

  • Bernie Branson, M.D., Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics, CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Jason Haukoos, M.D., Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center
  • Mark Thrun, M.D., Principal Investigator, Denver Prevention Training Center

To learn more and to register, visit the Denver STD/HIV Prevention Training Center website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Cultural Competency Symposium July 30 in Arlington

A cultural competency symposium, "Educating the Next CLAS: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Today’s Healthcare Environment" will be held on July 30 at the University of Texas - Arlington. Studies show that minority Americans experience poorer than average outcomes from cradle to the grave. More than 30% of direct medical costs faced by African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans are due to health inequities—almost 60 billion each year. Research has shown that cultural competency can improve care for ethnic groups and reduce costs over the life of a patient.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health released its enhanced standards for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) in an effort to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations.

The purpose of this activity is to educate and build on local capacity to provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality healthcare that is responsive to the diverse needs of the community.

Continuing education is available.

To learn more and to register, visit the symposium website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Gender and Sexual Diversity Training in Austin

There will be a two-day Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) training in Austin July 31 - August 1. GSD is a day-long cultural competency seminar on serving members of the gender and sexually diverse community. Participants will learn how to: identify differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, share info among providers on trends observed in GSD populations, practice counseling skills and culturally competent care, and examine impact of stigma on health of GSD populations.

To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior Course in Dallas

The course "Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: A Sexual Health Approach for HIV Prevention and Treatment" is scheduled for August 22 in Dallas. This course is a day long training on sexual health approaches to proactively address the link between out of control sexual behavior, condomless sex and substance abuse treatment outcomes. The trainer for this course is Douglas Braun-Harvey M.A., MFT, CGP, CST, of Sexual Health Author, Trainer and Psychotherapist from the Harvey Institute. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three distinct theories and conceptualizations for men and women with problems regulating their sexual behavior.
  • Discuss and practice five professional sexual health conversation skills that suspend counselor and client negative judgments about sex to allow for a more balanced contemplation of sexual behavior patterns.
  • List four essential counseling skills for pre-contemplative and contemplative clients with patterns of out of control sexual behavior.
  • Discuss common sex/drug-linked patterns of behavior such as crystal meth-amphetamine; social media sex sites and viewing sexual imagery.
  • Explore ways to improve confidence and ability to initiate sexual health conversations between colleagues as well as with clients.

Social Work continuing education hours are available for this training.

To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Open Period for Comments on IOM Research Plan for Syphilis Screening in Non-Pregnant Persons

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will be revisiting its grade for screening for syphilis in non-pregnant adults and adolescents. It is now taking comments on its research plan.

Links to the page explaining the process and to the research plan for syphilis screening may be found on the U.S. Preventative Task Force website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Registration is Now Open for the 2014 CMS Health Insurance Marketplace Workshops

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014. This one-day event is intended for CMS partners and stakeholders who help consumers through the Marketplace process and provide basic awareness and education about the Marketplace. Two events will be held in Dallas on August 27 and 28.

To learn more and to register, visit the workshop website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

September 5, 2014

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Care Services Group seeks HIV Care Services Program Consultant. Learn more

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks Nutrition Counselor. Learn more [AIDS Outreach Center]

August 29, 2014

Austin - DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Branch seeks Epidemiologist II. Learn more

Austin - DSHS Immunization Branch seeks Program Specialist III. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Non-Medical Case Manager
  • Patient Navigator
  • Registered Dental Assistant/Patient Navigator (at Jack Sansing Dental Clinic)

Learn more [ASA]

August 14, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Linkage to Care Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Dallas - The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks full-time Risk Reduction Specialist. To learn more or submit your resume, contact the Council

Fort Worth - Health Education Learning Project seeks Community Health Coordinator. Learn more [HELP]

Houston - DSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

July 31, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Outreach Education Specialist
  • Protocol Based Counseling, Risk Reduction Specialist
  • Bilingual Protocol Based Counseling, Risk Reduction Specialist

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 22, 2014

Austin - DSHS TB and Hansen’s Disease Group seeks Program Specialist V/TB Program Evaluation Analyst. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Mpowerment Coordinator
  • Patient Navigator/Registered Dental Assistant

Learn more [ASA]

July 18, 2014

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Data Entry Clerk (part time). Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Infectious Disease Physician. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 11, 2014

Austin - DSHS HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Group seeks Program Specialist V. Learn more

Austin - Project Transitions seeks Bilingual Housing Program Specialist. Learn more [Project Transitions]

Dallas - Abounding Prosperity seeks Clinical Programs Manager. Learn more [Abounding Prosperity]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Case Manager for the Community and Client Services program
  • Grants Writer/Manager
  • Intake Specialist
  • Staff Accountant

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 2, 2014

Austin - The University of Texas at Austin Kinesiology Department seeks Health Equity Coordinator. Learn more [UT Austin]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks part-time Outreach Education Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

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