Minnesota HIV Strategy - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Minnesota HIV Strategy

The Minnesota HIV Strategy is a long-term plan that will guide and improve efforts to address HIV in Minnesota. This strategy will build on decades of work by community based organizations, government and advocates.

Our combined efforts in HIV prevention, education, syringe exchange programs, condom distribution, and quality HIV care have kept us at a consistently low rate of HIV transmission over the last decade. Advancements in medicine, treatment and care mean we now have the tools to eliminate new HIV transmissions in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided funding to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to develop the Minnesota HIV Strategy.

We envision a Minnesota where:

  • We end new HIV infections
  • Everyone living with HIV has access to care and treatment
  • Everyone living with HIV is healthy

Our vision is built on the following operating principles:

A Strategy that requires all hands on deck.

Creating and implementing the Minnesota HIV Strategy will require broad support, coordination, and collaboration among:

  • State, local and tribal government agencies
  • Community based organizations
  • Health care providers
  • Faith communities
  • Community members
  • Academic institutions
  • Other key stakeholders

All Minnesotans, working in partnership, have a part to play helping to achieve the Strategy's vision.

A Strategy that calls for dynamic action.

Ending the HIV epidemic will require creative policy changes that catalyze the implementation of the Minnesota HIV Strategy's goals.

A Strategy that focuses on equity and social justice.

The HIV epidemic does not affect Minnesotans equally. It disproportionately affects historically marginalized communities that continue to face discrimination. The epidemic will end when these communities are equal and active partners in the Strategy's implementation. These partnerships will create new solutions and ensure that all Minnesotans benefit from efforts to end the epidemic.

The MHSAB is a 24 member advisory committee that will provide advice, guidance and recommendations during the strategic planning process. Members were selected to provide input from every level of the care continuum and communities affected by HIV in Minnesota.

A process visual listing the 5 steps in developing the Minnesota HIV Strategy

Step 1: Visualize

First, we will determine Where are we now? and What do we have to work with?

Then we will decide Where do we want to be? We will turn this shared vision into a mission statement for the Minnesota HIV Strategy.

We will seek feedback from the stakeholder community about health disparities, barriers, needs, gaps in services and proposed solutions through a series of interviews and community meetings.

Step 2: Organize

We will define the primary goals for achieving the shared vision and break them down into smaller goals.

Step 3: Prioritize

We will design a plan for achieving the goals and identify performance indicators to guide decision making along the way.

Step 4: Actualize

We will develop action steps with the responsible parties identified. Everyone will be asked to work together in achieving the shared vision we created.

Step 5: Revise

We will develop a governance process to ensure continuous assessment and collaboration to adapt the Minnesota HIV Strategy to meet changing conditions.

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

Updated Friday, 07-Jul-2017 09:08:46 CDT