Topic: HIV Prevention
AAP chapters in four states are focusing special attention on preventing HIV infection in the adolescent population. Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and New York placed a priority on adolescent HIV prevention after a team of professionals attended a workshop in September 2005 as part of the AAP Adolescent HIV Prevention Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH). During the workshop each multidisciplinary team developed an action plan for improving collaboration and coordination of HIV prevention services for youth in their state.
team's goal is to provide leadership that enables pediatricians to prevent
and treat reproductive health problems emphasizing HIV among adolescents.
Maryland (MD) AAP hosted a stakeholders meeting in December 2005, to learn
about issues the various groups face and to improve the communication
between schools, state health and education departments, pediatricians,
and other HIV-focused organizations related to adolescent health. Through
a survey of MD AAP members, the team is learning more about barriers pediatricians
face in delivering adolescent reproductive health services and working
with schools in their community. The team is developing a Web site that
provides information about adolescent health and HIV prevention including
relevant resources available for Maryland pediatricians. Funding to support
this Web-based guide has been provided through a grant from the John Hopkins
University's Center for Adolescent Health. The team is strategizing on
how to create a network of pediatricians who are locally involved in schools
and are champions for reproductive health including HIV prevention. The
team also worked with the coordinators of the School Health Interdisciplinary
Conference to include a tract focused on adolescent health issues. For
more information contact Arik Marcell, MD, FAAP, at email@example.com.
Last Updated 2/07