Getting to Zero Illinois Launches HIV Dashboard
On August 18, 2021, Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) held a virtual panel discussion to launch the state’s first-ever data dashboard to measure progress toward the goal of zero new HIV cases in Illinois by 2030.
Getting to Zero Illinois is a plan that outlines the goals and strategies which promote HIV prevention and access to care. This new data dashboard helps users track progress towards the goals and strategies found in the GTZ plan. Led by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Northwestern University data scientists, the dashboard synthesizes publicly available data from CPDH and IDPH for partners, advocates, media and more to find specific datasets on HIV prevalence throughout the state. The dashboard serves as a resource to eradicate stigma within the HIV community; support proposed legislation with specific data; aid community grant applications; support storytelling with data points; advance policy and advocacy for increased funding for HIV screening; and connect people with HIV to necessary health resources.
The data are organized into three different sections: progress measures, health measures, and social determinants of health measures. These downloadable datasets can be used by community members to achieve the goals of GTZ-IL. For example, the dashboard can find HIV prevalence for cisgender Black women living on the west side of Chicago who are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four. That dataset can then be used for advocacy, grant applications, reports, presentations, journalism and more.
The graphic below shows another example.
The Dashboard is very easy to navigate (it even includes a section on how to use the Dashboard) and contains downloadable data sets of information regarding PrEP coverage and other prevention methods, new HIV diagnoses, linkage to care, viral suppression, priority populations, and HIV/AIDS-related deaths. The “Social Determinants” section addresses such issues as access to support services, education, healthcare equity, economic and housing stability, and the social and community contexts of HIV/AIDS.
The dashboard was designed by Northwestern University with funding in part by a grant from the Pritzker Community Health Initiative, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.
To access the GTZ-IL Dashboard, log on to https://dashboard.gtzillinois.hiv/.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.