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Community Engagement


Community Engagement Team

The Community Engagement Team works to support HIV prevention through media campaigns, the HIV/AIDS hotline, Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs), various statewide mobilization initiatives, and community planning.

  • Media Campaigns

Is a multimedia campaign that includes television and radio broadcast, digital and mobile advertising, out of home advertising, print advertising, social media, a web site, events, and informative educational materials targeting high-risk minority populations in Florida. 

  • Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline

The Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline is the statewide resource for HIV/AIDS-related information, community referrals and supportive telephone counseling. Callers receive information on HIV and AIDS related issues including locations of testing sites and program services in Florida. The Florida HIV/AIDS hotline is open Monday-Friday 8am-9pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30am-6:30pm. The four hotline numbers available are:
1-800-FLA-AIDS (352-2437) ENGLISH
1-800-545-SIDA (545-7432) SPANISH
1-800-AIDS-101 (243-7101) HAITIAN CREOLE
The Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline also offers anonymous & confidential online chatting with a certified HIV/AIDS counselor on the hotline website.

  • Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)

Training and Technical Assistance: The Community Engagement Team works in conjunction with CDC and CDC funded CBA providers to offer training on HIV prevention interventions to CBOs and state and local health departments.  The Department also coordinates with CDC for training and technical assistance to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective HIV prevention program implementation. 

The Community Engagement Team coordinates and provides CBA in house.  Specifically, the team provides technical assistance and support in the following content areas: contract negotiation, mobilization, community planning groups, community partnership, and coalition building. The Team also works to support and promote the activities of the other teams through various community mobilization and engagement strategies.


  • Mobilization initiatives

Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS (BRTA/LRTA) engages and supports the private sector in promoting HIV education, awareness, and policies in the workplace.  The program is a public/private partnership that promotes both the involvement of business.

Faith Responds to AIDS (FRTA) is Florida’s statewide faith-based initiative.  FRTA mobilizes churches and other faith-based organizations to fight against HIV/AIDS. With this program, one of the newer initiatives of the We Make the Change (WMTC) campaign, DOH has partnered with faith leaders throughout Florida’s minority communities to perform HIV testing and education within the church.

Man Up seeks to mobilize men to eliminate their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV/AIDS. The goal of the report and the initiative is to stimulate implementation of community action plans aimed at preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS among Florida’s men and their partners.

Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS) is the grassroots mobilization of black women in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Launched in 2008, SOS encourages black women to get tested where they live, work, play, and worship. The original goal of SOS was to test 100,000 black women each year by 2010. Since its launch, more than eight local SOS conferences have been conducted.

  • Integrated HIV Planning

HIV prevention community planning is an ongoing, comprehensive planning process intended to help assure that resources, particularly federal HIV prevention resources, are targeted to populations at risk for HIV infection.  Community planning is an ongoing, iterative planning process that is evidence based i.e., based on HIV/AIDS and other epidemiologic data, qualitative data; ongoing program experience; program evaluation; and a comprehensive needs assessment process. The process incorporates the views and perspectives of all groups at risk for HIV infection for whom prevention programs are intended, as well as providers of HIV prevention services.  The planning process serves as a mechanism for improving the effectiveness and delivery of HIV prevention programs by strengthening the scientific basis, relevance and focus of prevention interventions.

2017-2021 State of Florida Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan
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2015-2016 HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan Update