Marion County HIV Ending the Epidemic (EtE)

Marion County HIV Ending the Epidemic (EtE)

In February 2019, the President announced the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EtE) in America Initiative. The initiative will leverage data, tools, and resources to reduce new HIV infections by 90% over the next 10 years. Marion County is one of the jurisdictions identified for which the State of Indiana will receive funds specific to this initiative. The current funding awarded to the Indiana State Department of Health gives the county one year to plan its response.

Dr. Kristina Box, Health Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, and Dr. Virginia A. Caine, Director of the Marion County Public Health Department, have both made this one of their top priorities and are spearheading the Marion County response with technical assistance from Angela White, Senior Consultant and CEO of Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates (JGA), and Jason Grisell, President and CEO of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

To meet the CDC requirement of developing a community informed plan, an EtE TaskForce has been created with four co-chairs guiding the process. This TaskForce will be meeting monthly to evaluate information as it becomes available through epidemiology reporting, needs assessment review, and focus group/key informant interviews that will be taking place over the next several months. If TaskForce members are not able to participate in a monthly convening, we are adding links to a recording of the meeting for later viewing.

TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, February 6
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, March 12 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was canceled. Instead, an email update was sent to TaskForce members and their feedback was requested on guiding the Focus Group process.  Email Update, Focus Group List, Gift Card Statement
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, April 9 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, and presentations were made by Memphis, TN (click link to slide presentation) and Washington, DC. (click link to slide presentation). The meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link.
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, May 14 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, and presentations were made by Mecklenburg, NC (click link to slide presentation) and Columbus, OH (click link to slide presentation). This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link.
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, June 11 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, and presentations were made related to the RESPOND pillar of the EtE framework by the Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health related to epidemiology and community data collection/sharing. This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link.
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, July 16 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, and presentations were made related to the PREVENTION and TREATMENT pillars of the EtE framework. The topics were: Increasing access to harm reduction and care for PWID; PEP, PrEP, and Linkage to care; Supporting treatment adherence in community settings; Re-Engaging people who have dropped out of care; Fast Track Cities Initiatives. This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link.
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, August 13 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, and presentations were made related to the DIAGNOSE pillar of the EtE framework. The topics were: Testing models in Non-Clinical Settings. Mobile Unit Outreach and Testing as presented by BU Wellness; Self-Testing as presented by the BellFlower Clinic; and Venue Based Testing as presented by Women in Motion. This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link.
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, September 10 – Due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, this meeting was conducted virtually. Updates were given, a presentation was made related to funding opportunities associated with the EtE work in Marion County, an update on the results of the community and client survey engagements (attachment to be made available soon), and an overview of a draft version of the EtE Plan.  This meeting was recorded and can be viewed at this Link, transcript from the meeting chat
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, October 8
TaskForce Meeting, Thursday, November 12