GOVERNMENT

Implementing the Strategy is not solely a DHSP activity. The success of the Strategy will require state, county, and city governments (including associated commissions, councils, and boards); networks of persons living with HIV; community-based organizations (CBOs); local health care and other HIV service organizations; education agencies; professional organizations; and other partners to work together to maximize efforts and better coordinate responses for HIV prevention and care. To this point, we urge all levels of government to invest their commitment to achieving the goals of the Strategy by partnering with other stakeholders and taking action.

You might identify one, a few, or many actions that you can take on from the suggestions below; every contribution to this collective work matters.

  • Actively participate in the LACHAS Interagency Working Group to develop individual and collaborative actions.
  • Share relevant data that will aid the implementation of the Strategy.
  • Enact legislation that facilitates access to HIV prevention and care services, as well as the sharing of data and coordination of services across disciplines.
  • Ensure there is no discrimination of people based on their HIV status (i.e. in health care, housing, employment, or any other sector impacting daily life).
  • Engage with community- and faith-based organizations to address the social issues that intersect with HIV such as racism, gender-based discrimination, and HIV stigma.
  • Address the social determinants of health that drive the HIV epidemic including homelessness, substance use disorders, and mental health.
  • Disseminate the latest scientific information regarding HIV acquisition and transmission risks within your agency and to your constituents.

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