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Webinar: Ending the Epidemic–Update on Implementing the New York State Blueprint

In 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo backed a community advocated plan to aggressively scale up testing, linkage to treatment, and PrEP access in order to dramatically reduce new infections below epidemic levels by the year 2020. The good news is that the recent release of the 2016 HIV/AIDS surveillance data shows that Ending the Epidemic (EtE) efforts in New York are having an impact. However, despite this success, challenges still remain–particularly for communities outside the New York City region.

On Friday, April 13th, TAG and Housing Works hosted a discussion with New York EtE leadership to review recent successes in implementing the Blueprint, assess policy advocacy for the coming year, and explore plans to address shortcomings. The webinar was moderated by Jeremiah Johnson, TAG’s Community Engagement Coordinator, and our speakers were:

Kimberleigh Joy Smith, Senior Director of Community Health Planning and Policy, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
“Ending the Epidemic in New York: What Implementation Looks Like”

Perry Junjulas, Executive Director, the Albany Damien Center
“Ending the Epidemic – Update on Implementing the NYS Blueprint in Upstate New York: A Perspective by Perry Junjulas”

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
“Ending the Epidemic: New York City”

This is a must-see webinar for everyone involved in efforts to End the Epidemic, no matter where you live and work.