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State Health Improvement Process (SHIP)

Infectious Disease Tools
1. Increase awareness of state vaccination requirements and free vaccine availability.  Maryland DHMH Immunization program information and state guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
2. Promote seasonal flu vaccination among adults, adolescents, and children.  Flu vaccine educational materials and CDC resources.
3. The most important way to prevent new HIV infections is for people to know their status so that they can protect themselves and others.  Promote HIV testing as a routine part of primary care.
4. HIV infected persons need to be connected to HIV specialty care so that they can get appropriate treatment and supportive services.  Connect HIV infected persons to care and supportive services.
5. Partner Services are part of the spectrum of care for HIV-positive people and their sexual or needle-sharing partners. Promote referral services including partner notification and testing and, for positive partners provide prevention or risk reduction counseling as well as care.
6. Promote behavioral health and infectious disease service integration.  Infectious disease, mental illness and substance abuse often co-occur.  Promote the integration of HIV, STI, TB, Viral Hepatitis, substance use and mental health screenings and treatment in primary care. See also CDC guidelines.
7. Screen for Chlamydia infection for all sexually active non-pregnant young women aged 24 and younger and for older non-pregnant women who are at increased risk.  U.S. Prevention Services Task Force Recommendations (Grade A) and the National Chlamydia Coalition.
8. Include sexual health risk assessments as a part of routine care, help patients identify ways to reduce risk for sexually transmitted infections, and provide recommended testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections to patients and their partners when appropriate.
9. Learn more about TB treatment guidelines.
10. Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in Maryland for which we don’t have good data.  Find out more about how you can prevent and control the spread of viral hepatitis to make sure that high risk populations get the advice they need.