In April 2020, after six months of community engagement with focus populations, the DC Health Ending the Epidemic plan work group engaged 100 staff members from the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) during a monthly staff meeting. Attendees discussed their thoughts on priority populations and strategies that should be considered to develop the Ending the Epidemic plan and community engagement activities. HAHSTA staff members represent many populations (in terms of education, gender, income, lived experiences, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation) in the DC region.
Facilitators used Kahoot!, an interactive response platform, to question staff members. The following questions, with real-time visual results, were asked:
Staff members identified the following four as their top concerns (a combination of priority populations and strategies):
In May 2020, DC Health conducted four virtual breakout sessions, one breakout session for each top concern, with 32 HAHSTA staff members, eight per breakout session. Using the whole-person health framework, facilitators asked HAHSTA staff to identify the concerns, strengths, and solutions of specific populations or strategies.
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