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.

  • Goal 1: Prevent new HIV infections
  • Goal 2: Reduce HIV related disparities and promote health equity
  • Goal 3: Increase retention in care for people living with HIV
  • Goal 4: Ensure stable housing for people living with HIV and those at a high risk of HIV infection
  • Goal 5: Achieve a coordinated statewide response to HIV


By 2025, Minnesota will be a State where new HIV infections are rare and all people living with HIV (PLWH) will have access to high quality healthcare and resources they need to live long healthy lives, free from stigma and discrimination.

Our Strategy is built on the following operating principles:

  • A Strategy that requires all hands on deck
  • A Strategy that calls for dynamic action
  • A Strategy that focuses on equity and social justice

The MHSAB is an advisory committee that provides input and recommendations related to the HIV Strategy to MDH and DHS. 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.

May 7 facilitated workshop participants

  • Facilitated workshop in Duluth. May 7, 2018.

May 3 facilitated workshop participants

  • Facilitated workshop in the Metro area. May 3, 2018.

May 3 facilitated workshop participants

  • Facilitated workshop in the Metro area. May 3, 2018.

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 public health leaders. March 27, 2017.

Picture of MHSAB members

  • The MHSAB kickoff meeting. February 15, 2017.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact hiv.strategy@state.mn.us.

Updated Tuesday, 19-Feb-2019 07:23:01 CST