Designing and Disseminating Metrics to Support Jurisdictional Efforts to End the Public Health Threat Posed by HIV Epidemics
The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a large-scale plan that aims to (“End the HIV Epidemic” EtHE) in America including ambitious goals and targets over the next 5 to 10 years.To be successful the EtHE Plan will require timely dissemination of relevant metrics to inform the broad array of stakeholders who are in a position to act in support of the plan’s goals. Metrics should include both population health outcome metrics and implementation metrics that track the deployment and uptake of specific intervention delivery strategies. In addition to the usual HIV care continuum metrics that include all people living with HIV in the denominator metrics dedicated to those not yet reached (i.e. as the denominator) are essential to help target EtHE implementation efforts. Special attention is required around metrics and targets that inform and drive action on HIV-related health disparities.Well-chosen metrics and a well-designed dissemination system can serve as important tools to assess the progress of the EtHE Plan and to identify and disseminate lessons learned quickly within and across jurisdictions aiming to end HIV as a local public health threat.
Nash D. (2020). Designing and Disseminating Metrics to Support Jurisdictional Efforts to End the Public Health Threat Posed by HIV Epidemics. Am J Public Health1101) 53-57. doi:10.2105/ajph.2019.305398