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.

Goals of 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

Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board (MHSAB)

The MHSAB is a 21-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.

Get Involved

We want to hear from everyone who has a stake in achieving this vision.

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
  • Other key stakeholders

Community Input

The MHSAB will engage the community during the planning process in two ways:

  • A series of meetings to seek feedback and input from the community

  • Periodic short surveys to gather input at various steps in the process

Steps in Developing the Minnesota HIV Strategy

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 Thursday, 04-May-2017 11:06:14 CDT