Creating the Plan: A Roadmap

Iowa is making great strides in our efforts to stop HIV. Our state has seen nearly a 30% reduction in new HIV diagnoses since 2016. Iowa ranks second in viral suppression among all states and within the top 3 or 4 states for other key measures along the HIV care continuum.

Still, challenges remain. To stop HIV, health disparities and other barriers must be addressed for all people. To this end, we're asking for your help in creating a strategic plan to reduce new HIV diagnoses by 75% by 2025 and by 90% by 2030. Our 2020 baseline was 100 HIV diagnoses among Iowans.

Planning Process

Community Engagement

Stop HIV Iowa Planning Kick-Off 

On Thursday, January 27, 2022, the strategic planning process officially began with a kick-off event! 


Over 170 Iowans took part in the day-long meeting, including community members living with HIV, healthcare providers, and professionals working in public health and social services. 

The day included:

  • A welcome by the office of Kelly Garcia, Interim Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Plenary presentation by Randy Mayer, the Chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis

  • Breakout sessions around the nine focus areas that have been identified as key to stopping HIV in Iowa. Each breakout session included an introduction to the focus area, followed by time for questions, discussion, and brainstorming.

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