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Directory of MDHHS HIV and STD Program StaffersPDF icon  (rev. November 2019)
Our directory is updated on a regular basis and provides the name, job title, area of expertise, and contact information of each staff person working within the Health Department's human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) programs.

For general questions about HIV and STD prevention, control and surveillance work within Michigan, please contact the Division of HIV & STD Programs main phone line at 517-241-0855.
 

What We Do

Michigan's HIV and STD programs have their roots in two Michigan Department of Health and Human Services groups: the Division of HIV & STD Programs (DHSP) and the Division of Communicable Diseases (DCD). Both of the divisions operate within the Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, which is part of the MDHHS Public Health Administration.

The Division of HIV & STD Programs focuses its efforts on the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and STDs and administers the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program within Michigan.

The Division of Communicable Diseases provides support and consultation to local health departments and other healthcare professionals; collects, analyzes and shares data on communicable diseases; develops programs and strategies to control communicable diseases; engages in special studies related to the control of communicable diseases; and acts as a liaison with Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on communicable diseases-related issues.

For more information about the type of work each division does, please click on each of the headings below.
 

Operations, Training and Data Section
Division of HIV & STD Programs
Operations, Training and Data Section (OTD)

Phone: 517-241-5935

Operations and Monitoring Unit
The Operations and Monitoring Unit (Operations) is responsible for maintaining consistency across programs in the interpretation and application of State and Federal rules and regulations. Operations utilizes best practices aimed at delivering effective and efficient fiscal management and grants/contract services in fulfilling this responsibility.
 

Training Unit
The Training Unit is responsible for developing and implementing trainings and educational offering for the Division of HIV & STD Programs. HIV care and prevention program trainings, such as Medical Case Management (MCM) and Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) trainings, are provided through the training team. The HIV and STD accreditation program for local health departments is also a part of this unit.
 

Data and Evaluation Unit
The Data and Evaluation Unit provides technical assistance to funded agencies regarding data systems use (namely CAREWare and MIDAP Online), data analysis, and federal data reporting; monitoring and utilizing data to inform quality improvement strategies to optimize health disparities for our statewide programs' clients; and providing application assistance to eligible clients to enable their access to vital, anti-retroviral medications through the Michigan Drug Assistance Program.
 

HIV Care & Prevention Section
Division of HIV & STD Programs
HIV Care & Prevention Section

Phone: 517-241-5900
Michigan Drug Assistance Program (MIDAP) Unit (HCP)
The MIDAP Unit is responsible for three separate programs:

 

  • The Michigan Drug Assistance Program (MIDAP) exists to ensure that Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Michigan who are otherwise underserved have access to HIV care, treatment and medications. MIDAP provides access to FDA-approved medications for low-income and uninsured Michigan residents, including temporary medication access for enrollees who may be transitioning between other third-party payers.
     
  • The Premium Assistance Program (PA) is designed to help PLWHA in Michigan who have access to health insurance (Affordable Care Act/Qualified Health Plans through the Marketplace, Medicare Part C (Advantage Plans), Medicare Part D, or a COBRA plan) to obtain or maintain coverage. To apply for Premium Assistance, a client must first be eligible, approved and active with MIDAP.
     
  • The Insurance Assistance Program (IAP), funded through Medicaid, is designed to cover premium costs for PLWHA in Michigan that are too ill to work in their current job or will be too ill to work within the next three months. Clients typically have Medicare Supplemental, an individual plan, Marketplace, or COBRA insurance coverage. Clients are not eligible for this program if they are eligible for employer-sponsored insurance.
     

Continuum of Care (COC) Unit (HCP)
The mission of the HIV Continuum of Care Unit (CoC) is to promote, implement, and facilitate health care & support services to improve equity in health outcomes for low income, underinsured, and uninsured people living with HIV (PLWH) in Michigan. The CoC Unit provides oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to sub-recipients on the development, implementation, and improvement of Ryan White programming; as well as, technical assistance on the legislative, administrative, and fiscal requirements for Ryan White Services.
 

HIV Prevention and Intervention (PI) Unit (HCP)
The PI Unit focuses on HIV prevention activities, including: HIV testing; linking individuals who test positive for HIV to medical care; alerting individuals who may have been exposed to HIV via Partner Services; helping individuals remain HIV negative; and offering training and certification to HIV test counselors and Partner Services staff throughout Michigan. Unit activities are centered around decreasing the overall number of new HIV infections, working to suppress overall viral loads, and improving the lives of all Michigan residents.
 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Section
Division of HIV & STD Programs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Section

Phone: 517-241-0870

The Sexually Transmitted Diseases Section provides case management and investigation for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, lymphogranuloma venereum, hepatitis ABC, and HIV that result in excessive morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, particularly among women, adolescents, and newborns. The Section's goals include:

  • prompt reporting of cases;
  • provision of screening and treatment services for Michigan's citizens; 
  • application of interviewing and case-finding activities to reduce complications and intervene in the spread of disease;
  • linking newly diagnosed HIV-positive persons to care; and
  • referring HIV-negative persons at greater risk for HIV to PrEP services to reduce the transmission of HIV.
     
HIV & STD Surveillance & Epidemiology Section
Division of Communicable Diseases
HIV & STD Surveillance & Epidemiology Section

Phone: 248-424-7913

The MDHHS HIV & STD Surveillance & Epidemiology Section manages case reports and laboratory reports of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ensuring the secure storage of case information and producing regular data reports for public use. The section works out of the MDHHS Division of Communicable Diseases, which is part of the MDHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention.