Policy & Social Determinants Committee: Prevent Meeting conducted on August 24, 2021
Remove the terminology “high-risk” (Stigmatizing language)
How are unincorporated/ rural areas outside Harris County served? Has to be Part B. The City can partner with clinics in surrounding areas that are already testing or would like to test and designate days people can go to a specific doctor.
More widespread education is needed about available resources like Mistr and Sistr platform.
Legislation has a lack of education about SSPs.
- Some political figures see SSPs as enabling.
If we are going to end HIV, we must include and center people living with HIV.
EHE has a limited viewpoint of prevent.
How can we create a policy to try an enhance sex education programs for adolescents in the
- Abstinence only that’s going to be really tough to change
- Safe love, safe expression should be taught
Partner with local HIV organizations to provide same-day PrEP start with evening hours.
Have HHD/ Texas Department of Health partner with rural areas Doctor offices/ FQHC to
provide PrEP/ HIV testing.
Public health campaign to educate people on PrEP engagement opportunities
- Public campaign on Mistr and Sistr and Q Care on telehealth.
Model SSP after various programs that include insulin and/or hormone therapy
Engage health care schools and programs to educate students (e.g., medical, nurse practitioner,
nursing, and any other healthcare program) on PrEP and HIV prevention.
Partner with out of school or local libraries (city and county) to reach the same or similar
- Funding workaround
- Incentivize participation
PrEP being made available or able to be prescribed over the counter by pharmacists- pass a
- Similar to programs in Nevada, California, and North Carolina
Implement a state gap program or city program.
- Drug assistance program like that in Washington State (start PrEP, labs, visits)
Have our city and county officials declare that Houston/ Harris County has an HIV epidemic
which can open up more funding.
- Prioritize preventative care
New policy recommendation: With new initiatives bringing in new providers, each institution
should have some type of community advisory board or group they are doing this in alignment
with and that the group should include people living with HIV.
- People, providers, advisory boards- In terms of advisory boards, sometimes they are needed and other times they are not. Providers or whomever should tap into networks that already exist to get feedback when developing strategies including people living with HIV to make sure what’s being proposed will work.
PrEP should be free for everyone.
CP should be offering PrEP at wellness checks.
Provide funding for the initial and ongoing lab work that is required for people on PrEP.
Healthcare should be free.
Increasing access to electronic hardware needed to communicate.
Have a safe location where people are able to use and have its staff with a healthcare provider
End abstinence only programs in schools and teach healthy sex education!
Perhaps partner with local churches to teach sexual health to the youth. Of course, the scope of
the education and participation will vary.
Create a drug abstinence program funded by the city and/or county to support PrEP
Safe injection site