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TEST: A Public Health and Law Enforcement Collaboration to Increase HIV/AIDS Prevention in Westchester County, New York

Yang, Patsy DrPH

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: March/April 2009 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 118–122
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000346008.44028.3e
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Test to Eliminate Sexual Transmission is an innovative collaboration among a county public health department, a county district attorney, and local courts intended to extend rapid testing to individuals who are at high risk of HIV transmission. The process of engaging partners for the collaboration is discussed, as is the design of the program itself. The outcome of the first year of operation is reviewed in terms of client and court participation and in terms of the ability of the program to reach a high-risk population that has previously proven to be elusive to public health.

This study aims at extending rapid testing to individuals who are at high risk of HIV transmission.

Patsy Yang, DrPH, is First Deputy Commissioner of Health, Westchester County Department of Health, New Rochelle, New York.

Corresponding Author: Patsy Yang, DrPH, Westchester County Department of Health, 145 Huguenot St, 8th floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (pry1@westchestergov.com).

The author acknowledges and thanks Maryanne Luciano, Westchester First Deputy District Attorney, for her assistance in implementing and monitoring this program. The author also acknowledges the following individuals for their support and endorsement of this initiative: the Honorable Francis A. Nicolai, Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District; the Honorable Janet DiFiore, Westchester County District Attorney; Charlene Indelicato, Westchester County Attorney; Thomas Belfiore, Westchester County Sheriff/Commissioner of Public Safety; Joshua Lipsman, Westchester County Commissioner of Health; Lori Alesio, Westchester Deputy County Attorney; and Lisa Florio, Principal Court Attorney, Ninth Judicial District. The author also thanks the Westchester County Department of Health HIV clinic staff for their work in the program.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.