The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) is a national collaboration of community partners and health departments with a history of dedication to preventing new HIV infections and reducing health disparities, morbidity, and mortality related to HIV and AIDS.
UCHAPS seeks to bring attention and resources to large metropolitan areas that face disproportionate burden of HIV infection and believes that by working with government officials and community planning leaders, and those impacted by HIV, we can develop and implement an effective public health response that prevent new HIV infections and decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV.
Our organization is unique in its approach to HIV prevention in that we stand in partnership with health departments and communities, advocating for resources and services to meet the needs of individuals living with HIV or at risk for HIV contracting HIV. Through our collaborative approach, engagement in national policy, and peer-to-peer technical assistance, our membership makes strides in reducing HIV-related morbidity and mortality.
UCHAPS seeks to bring enhanced attention and resources to metropolitan areas, which have faced a disproportionate burden of HIV infection throughout the history of the epidemic. The impact of HIV/AIDS in these urban areas has been compounded by the number of HIV infections among those individuals most disenfranchised from traditional systems of medical and health care. UCHAPS believes that by working together, the federal government, community planning groups and health departments can enhance responses to HIV and AIDS in urban environments.
This mission can be accomplished by UCHAPS through individual and collaborative efforts to educate and inform elected and appointed leaders in all branches of the federal government. UCHAPS works to enhance efforts to stem the urban HIV epidemic through advocacy, technical assistance and technology transfer activities among member jurisdictions.
UCHAPS will pursue the following strategic goals from 2015-2017:
1. Ensure a coordinated and adequately funded national response to HIV, through collective engagement in outreach, education, and advocacy
2. Lead the integration of co-morbidities into the work of HIV prevention.
3. Strengthen the capacity of urban jurisdictions in their efforts to implement effective HIV prevention and adapt to the changing public health landscape.