Minnesota HIV Strategy Announcements- Minnesota Dept. of Health

Minnesota HIV Strategy Announcements

Updated 03/2018

Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board seeking new members

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board (MHSAB) members. Members will provide innovation, expertise, and support to the Minnesota HIV Strategy strategic planning process. Please see the below flyer for a list of open positions. Applications will be accepted until March 21, 2018.

An ad hoc membership committee of current MHSAB board members, MDH employees, and Minnesota Department of Human Services employees will review the applications and select new members by mid-April.

Please share this opportunity with your networks.

Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board Meeting February 7, 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room A461 of Minnesota Department of Health Freeman Building
Agenda includes legislative updates, Minnesota HIV Strategy 2018 timeline update, regional response to the Minnesota HIV Strategy, and a data analysis update.
Meeting is open to the public.

First phase of Minnesota HIV Strategy complete

The first phase of the Minnesota HIV Strategy was submitted to legislature on February 1, 2018. It describes the vision, goals, and strategies to guide and improve efforts to address HIV in Minnesota.

The second phase of the Minnesota HIV Strategy is in progress and scheduled to be completed by January, 2019. It will include the tactics, priorities, and implementation and evaluation plans to reach the goals identified in phase one.

World AIDS Day is December 1

MDH issued a press release calling for a renewed passion and dedication in the fight to end HIV in Minnesota. The press release also lists local World AIDS Day events.

MDH supports HIV prevention campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)

MDH has joined New York and Michigan as the third state to support Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). Support for U=U was a common theme Minnesota HIV Strategy focus groups, and public awareness of U=U is an important part of the Minnesota HIV Strategy.

U=U describes the scientific consensus that people living with HIV who take antiretroviral therapy daily and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of spreading HIV to their sex partners.

MDH is developing a U=U campaign to educate people about the benefits of HIV treatment as prevention. Public awareness of the fact that U=U can decrease HIV stigma, improve the quality and length of life for people living with HIV and their partners, and provide additional incentive for people living with HIV to achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load.

Focus groups complete

Statewide focus groups were conducted to gain input for the Minnesota HIV Strategy. The complete list of focus groups held is available under Calendar of Events.

No board meeting August 28

The Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board cancelled their August board meeting to focus on finishing the statewide community forums. The board will meet as scheduled in September.

Community forums

The Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board is planning a series of community forums to gather feedback during the planning process. Forums will take place between late June and mid-September. See Calendar for more details.

Meet the Minnesota HIV Strategy Coordinator

Dr. Alvine Laure Ekame, the Minnesota HIV Strategy Coordinator, introduces herself to the community.

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis visits Minnesota

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health, traveled to Minnesota to provide technical assistance for the Minnesota HIV Strategy. Dr. Demtetre met with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Executives and participated in AIDS Action Day on March 27, 2017.

Advisory board kickoff meeting

The Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board (MHSAB) held its first meeting on February 15, 2017. Members will provide their expertise and guidance in planning and implementing the Minnesota HIV Strategy.

MHSAB May board meeting

  • MHSAB meeting. May 22, 2017.

Group picture from MHSAB retreat

  • The MHSAB Retreat. April 17, 2017.

Dr. Demetre visits with MDH executives

  • Dr. Demetre meets with MDH executives. March 27, 2017.

Picture of MHSAB members

  • The MHSAB kickoff meeting. February 15, 2017.
  • HIV Risk Reduction Tool - Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    This interactive and customizable tool will help you learn about the risk of getting or transmitting HIV, along with tips to lower that risk.

  • Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline
    The Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline providers reliable, medically accurate, and confidential answers to your questions via web chat, text messaging (text ASKMN to 66746), or by calling 1-800-78-FACTS (1-800-783-2287).

  • Minnesota LGBTQ Directory
    The Minnesota LGBTQ Directory is a provider directory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people seeking health-related resources in Minnesota. You can search for a provider based on provider type, sexual orientation, gender, race, language spoken, and specialty.

  • Quiz: Are You at Risk for HIV? – TheBody.com
    Take this anonymous quiz to discover your level of risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Statewide HIV Strategy Coordinator Dr. Alvine Laure Ekame or at 651-201-4029.

Updated 07/2017 Tuesday, 13-Mar-2018 12:36:10 CDT