Eliminate disparities by creating streams of continuous education methods that focus on reducing stigma, how to support effective care, and how to improve prevention strategies

Pillar: Prevent
Goal: Reduce by 75% HIV-related disparities and health inequities in 5 years.
Strategy: Eliminate disparities by creating streams of continuous education methods that focus on reducing stigma, how to support effective care, and how to improve prevention strategies.
Target: CBO Executives, Consumers, General community, HIV testing agencies that provide PrEP linkage, Medical-related trade/technical schools, Youth and Young Adults (K-5, Middle through High; College)

Key Activities:

High Priority and Disruptively Innovative

  1. Implement education program for youth and young adults that is conducted by established community groups.
  2. Partner with Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) to facilitate virtual continuing education on this topic
  3. Encourage leadership from local organizations to offer monthly paid protected time to staff for continuing education/professional development.
  4. Establish policies for community-based organizations for continuing education requirements for all employees (e.g., security guards, front desk, early intervention specialist, linkage staff, medical case manager, upper management, executive level).
  5. Implement training in medical and allied health professional schools.
  6. Meet with appropriate agencies to engage them in establishing a public education campaign to reduce stigma about HIV/AIDS research.
  7. Explore relationships with faith-based community organizations to facilitate training and support programs to reduce stigma.
  8. Encourage active participation in planning for decriminalization of HIV (adopting platforms with each provider who is providing HIV services).
  9. Encourage providers to adapt to a holistic care approach, including addressing mental health, nutritional values or needs, physical health, and more.
  10. Re-institute sex health education in Shelby County Schools (beginning at the high school level), and make optional due to parent objections.

High Priority

Invite agencies to “Lunch and Learn” programs.

Disruptively Innovative

Establish relationships with schools that have medical programs (e.g., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, high schools, colleges).

Key Partners

Agency directors, Agency managers, Auditors, Colleges/universities (health centers, youth programs, LGBTQ), Exchange Club, Boys & Girls Clubs, Faith-based orgs and community leaders, Headliners, Job Corps, UT School of Pharmacy, Local Ryan White committee members, Private practitioners providing HIV care, Privately funded clinics providing HIV care, Ryan White-funded clinics, SCHD, SCS, Student National Pharmaceutical Association – UTHSC/ SEAETC, The PAIGE

Potential Funding Sources

  • Elton John Foundation
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Lambda fraternity
  • Other public and private funding sources
  • Shelby County Health Department
  • State, federal, and/or local funding
  • TDOH
  • Universities (youth programs, health centers, LGBTQ, Diversity offices)
  • ViiV Healthcare

Estimated Funding Allocation

  • Program Facilitator-$40,000
  • Program support cost-$10,00

Total: $50,000 a year


(Reported annually, locally monitored more frequently)

  • # of youth participants in HIV education trainings
  • # of Faith-based organizations providing HIV
    education and trainings
  • # of Lunch and Learns for education

Monitoring Data Source

  • CAREWare (for RW-funded clinics)
  • Establishing quarterly reminders for client check-ins
  • PrEP navigation logs
  • Referrals for PrEP from STI clinics
    • Performance review documentation
    • Certificates of completion
  • Training sign-in sheets