Reducing HIV Health Disparities: Examining Funding, Policy, and Beliefs to Drive Local Action

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Register Much excitement has been generated in recent years by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, scientific advances, and expanded health care access that leads many to assert that we can move toward ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. At the same time, there is frequently a disconnect between excitement about the national picture and the reality in local communities. This session will examine how policy change is made at the federal, state, and local levels, assess recent changes in federal funding and policy, and explore how personal and community beliefs and attitudes drive efforts to better respond to HIV. The end result will not lead to giving health centers, community based organizations, or other community stakeholders answers on how to set meaningful goals, but it will strive to give participants a framework for assessing their own community priorities, resources, and commitment to develop their own strategic goals for action.