Prevention Research Center is a key architect of Maryland's new Integrated HIV Plan
UMD’s Prevention Research Center under the direction of Dr. Brad Boekeloo served as the primary subcontractor to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for creation of the new Maryland Integrated HIV Plan 2017-2021. The plan was developed by an interdisciplinary leadership team with input from stakeholders from across the state.
“Once stakeholders had agreed to a common plan framework, the Maryland DHMH, Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore HIV Planning Council, and the University of Maryland at College Park worked together and independently to hold a series of meetings, town halls, and public forums to discuss and refine the framework, develop and prioritize strategies, and collect information on needs,” according to the document.
One notable finding was that no community-based organizations in Maryland are receiving awards from the major Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) direct-to-community funding announcements. Community action items in the plan include efforts to “engage industry and foundation donors to address plan priorities" and “integrate HIV plan priorities into existing funding streams for broader prevention and health care efforts." The UMD Prevention Research Center has partnered with several Prince George's County community-based organizations to develop and implement HIV prevention and treatment projects. These projects have included assessments of HIV services infrastructure, the extent of cross-jurisdictional collaboration among HIV services organizations, peer community health worker outreach to HIV infected individuals, evaluation of prevention and treatment services, and support of the region’s cross-jurisdictional Sexually Transmitted Infections Community Coalition. Major funders of this work have been CDC's Prevention Research Centers Program as well as many other federal agencies and foundations.
The plan’s vision statement mirrors that of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: “Maryland will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”