The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) is a national collaboration of community partners and health departments dedicated to preventing new HIV infections and reducing health disparities.
UCHAPS seeks to bring attention and resources to large metropolitan areas that have faced a disproportionate burden of HIV infection throughout the history of the epidemic. Within urban areas, the impact of HIV is often compounded by the increased prevalence of HIV infection among those individuals most disenfranchised by traditional systems of care. We believe that by working with government officials, community planning leaders, and those impacted by HIV, we can develop and implement an effective public health response to 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 contracting HIV. Through our collaborative approach, engagement in national policy, and peer-to-peer technical assistance, our membership makes strides in developing innovative strategies to improve health outcomes.
UCHAPS works to enhance efforts to stem the urban HIV epidemic through advocacy, technical assistance and technology transfer activities among its member jurisdictions.
UCHAPS will pursue the following strategic goals:
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.