Since September 1999, CityMatCH has been one of several national organizations funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention to advance the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMCT) in the United States. As part of this effort, CityMatCH has provided education and training to multiple urban community teams as they planned and implemented EMCT initiatives.
Assuring Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment for Families Affected by HIV to Eliminate Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States
In 2017, CityMatCH was awarded funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), to coordinate and lead a national group of stakeholders with two goals:
- Maintain current gains in the prevention of perinatal HIV transmission, and
- Improve the health care for women, children and families affected by HIV.
To achieve these goals, CityMatCH partnered with national leaders in the fields of MCH and HIV, in addition to its partners at DHAP: the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, the FXB Center at Rutgers, Healthy Start, and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Northwestern University. Together, CityMatCH and their national partners are working to: 1) convene a stakeholders group representing a broad network of public health professionals and clinical care providers to implement the CDC’s updated Framework for EMCT, and 2) develop and disseminate strategies for jurisdictions to describe progress in elimination of perinatal HIV infection based upon the updated Framework.
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