The Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy (LACHAS) was launched on December 1, 2017. Its goal is to significantly reduce the amount of new HIV infections annually and help bring an end to the HIV epidemic in Los Angeles County once and for all.
The initiative is intended to present an overarching vision and a blueprint for government, healthcare professionals, and community stakeholders countywide to meet impactful goals and metrics by 2022. LACHAS will use all the tools at the County’s disposal and enlist and hold accountable the broadest set of HIV and healthcare system stakeholders, both public and private.
As the nation’s largest and most populous county, Los Angeles County is a key front in the battle to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetimes. LACHAS is the result of more than two years of comprehensive planning, including the identification and integration of best practices, alignment of resources, and gathering of feedback from a range of stakeholders. It also integrates key learnings from efforts at the national, state, and local levels, including similar efforts being undertaken in other jurisdictions.
LACHAS was developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV (COH), along with the strategy’s Community Co-chairs, Grissel Granados and Terry Smith.