TAMPA, Fla. – July 30, 2020 – The Health Council of West Central Florida is holding a series of three Virtual Town Hall Zoom Meetings to gather input, comments and information from Hillsborough County community members. The Town Halls will provide a platform to assist community members and stakeholders, enabling them to review and comment on the goals, strategies and activities included in the Hillsborough County Plan to End the HIV Epidemic.
The data will be collected and utilized to help end the HIV Epidemic specific to the county. Currently, Hillsborough County is 27th in the nation for HIV infections.
“The HIV epidemic continues to impact our community and requires a community-wide response, said Teresa Kelly, Executive Director of The Health Council. “We need the voices of as many people as possible as we work to develop a comprehensive action plan to reduce new HIV infections by 75% in the next five years and by 90% by 2030. The town halls will provide an opportunity to discuss the goals, strategies, and activities under consideration and help shape the plan for Hillsborough County.”
The dates and topics are as follows:
August 11th: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
This meeting will focus on the first pillar to diagnose people with HIV as early as possible.
August 18th: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
This meeting will focus on treatment of people with HIV rapidly and effectively to reach sustained viral suppression to reduce the risk of transmission.
PREVENT & RESPOND
August 25th: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
This meeting will focus on prevention of new HIV transmissions and responding quickly to potential HIV outbreaks to get needed prevention and treatment services to people who need them.
To participate, click the link to register to attend any or all three of the Town Hall meetings.
(Registration is required.) http://www.hcwcfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/HCWCF-Flyer-HIV-Epidemic2.pdf
About the Health Council of West Central Florida
The Health Council of West Central Florida, Inc. (HCWCF) serves residents in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties. HCWCF is committed to assessing the health status and resources of area residents and assisting communities with solutions to meet emerging needs.