The potential negative impact of stigma on achieving the EtE goals has been raised by both health care providers and consumers. For 2021-2022, the HIV Quality Improvement Program established the following prioritized improvement aim: Reduce the incidence of HIV-related stigma through the development and distribution of HIV stigma reduction guidance and toolkits to HIV clinical and supportive service providers. This statewide effort focuses on the manifestations of stigma at all HIV clinical and non-clinical care and service organizations that can be addressed to reduce the impact of stigma on PLWH.
1. HIV stigma reduction guidance and toolkits: ensure that HIV stigma reduction toolkits which include evidence-based stigma reduction practices, emerging practices, training curricula, and evaluation tools are distributed to 100% of clinical and non-clinical providers receiving Part B clinical and non-clinical funding through NYSDOH AIDS Institute, and at least 85% of HIV clinical providers who do not receive Part B funding through the NYSDOH AIDS Institute by April 30, 2022.
2. Stigma reduction trainings: Ensure that 75% of all clinical HIV care providers, including those who receive Part B funding through the NYSDOH AIDs Institute, will offer a consumer-driven stigma reduction training to their staff by April 30, 2022.
- A Stigma Subcommittee will be formed with members of the Office of the Medical Director (OMD) Quality of Care (QOC) Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) and Clinical Quality Advisory Committee (QAC) to develop and implement a statewide HIV stigma reduction plan.
- The stigma subcommittee will review, and catalogue stigma reduction activities implemented as part of the OMD/QOC stigma reduction campaign.
- The Stigma Subcommittee will also review survey, interviews, and all other stigma reduction activities conducted with HIV clinical and supportive service providers by the Columbia University-led Stigma Reduction and Resiliency (STAR) Coalition’s Mapping Group, and catalogue emerging practices.
- The Stigma Subcommittee will research successful consumer-driven stigma reduction training curricula to be included with the HIV clinical and supportive service provider stigma reduction activities.
- The subcommittee will also include in the toolkit, the staff survey developed and used in the 2016-2018 NYSDOH AIDS Institute stigma reduction campaign.