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FALL 2019 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
The latest in HIV care information: curricula, training resources, webinars, and more
New & Updated AETC Program Resources 

Updated AETC National Coordinating Resource Center Website (AETC NCRC): On July 1, 2019, at the start of a new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded grant cycle, the AETC NCRC unveiled a new website. A thorough review of the website revealed the need for updates to improve the user experience. Expired information was scrubbed, new pages were added, buried information uncovered, and the overall look and feel of the website were softened. Some of the new features include a cleaner interface with easier navigation, updated graphics, and clearer fonts. Updates are ongoing. View the changes at aidsetc.org and let us know what you think. 
PrEP Training Video Series (New England AETC): This series consists of 7 short training videos on different topics related to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Access and register for each video individually. Dr. Kevin L. Ard, MD, MPH, Medical Director of The National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of The Fenway Institute, and the Director of the Sexual Health Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the lead facilitator for all video segments. Average recording time is between 15-20 minutes.  Pair these videos with the PrEP Action Kit for a more comprehensive clinical training package. PrEP training videos 

University of Washington (UW) Awarded Funding to Manage and Expand the AETC National HIV Curriculum’s Website (UW)
The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) AETC Program will support and optimize the website’s technological operations and expand AETC National HIV Curriculum content. Since the website’s launch in 2017, more than 11,000 healthcare professionals and students have become registered learners with 30% also having joined one of the 400 learning groups. Explore the curriculum
 




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AETC Program Updates, Webinars & Events
Congenital Syphilis (webinar) – September 18, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm ET (MidAtlantic AETC): This training will focus on prevention, treatment and the effects of congenital syphilis during pregnancy and post-partum. Register
15th Annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS & Aging – September 20, 2019, 8:00 am – 3:45 pm, Boston, MA (New England AETC, New England Association on HIV over Fifty): This annual meeting provides updated information on the care and treatment of people over the age of 50 with HIV.  Topics include:
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Polypharmacy 
  • HIV and addiction 
  • Healthy living with HIV 
  • Dermatological diseases 
Register
Assessing the Role of Geographical HIV Hot-spots in the Spread of the Epidemic (webinar) – September 23, 2019, 3:30-4:30 pm ET (Southeast AETC): As part of University of North Carolina’s Center for AIDS Research and the North Carolina AETC Webinar Series, this session will map out and discuss the HIV epidemic hot-spots. It will be presented by Diego Cuadros.  Register
Women and Syphilis (webinar) – September 25, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm ET (MidAtlantic AETC): This training will focus on the challenges and opportunities for testing and treating women with syphilis, common comorbidities in women with syphilis, and the importance of STI screening in women of child-bearing age. Register
AETC National HIV Curriculum: A Tool for Enhanced HIV Education (webinar) – September 30, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm ET (Midwest AETC): This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the AETC National HIV Curriculum as a tool for enhancing HIV education.  It will include the most up-to-date information about the curriculum’s features and components.  Register
Transgender Care for the Patient Living with HIV (webinar & in-person event) – October 4, 2019, 8:15-9:15 am ET, Albany, NY (Northeast/Caribbean AETC): This training will review the epidemiology of HIV among transgender individuals, discuss hormone therapy including the benefits and risks, identify social and medical challenges to the care for transgender clients, and review strategies to incorporate trans-competent healthcare into your practice. Register
10th Annual HIV Clinical Care Symposium for North Country Providers – October 16, 2019, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lake Placid, NY (Northeast/Caribbean AETC, Albany Medical College): This course is designed to provide practitioners with the most up-to-date clinical information on a variety of topics to assist in their care of people with HIV. Presentation formats include didactic sessions and interactive case presentations, followed by Q&A sessions. Topics include:
  • HIV Antiretroviral Update
  • Rapid Start for the Newly-Diagnosed HIV+ Patient
  • Syphilis Update and Case-Based Discussions
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis in New York State
Registration is required; please register by October 9, 2019. Register
Applying 35 Years of HIV Work to the Substance Use Epidemic: Shared Experiences and Lessons Learned (conference) – November 15-16, 2019, Boston, MA (New England AETC, Massachusetts Regional Partner): This innovative two-day conference aims to bring together staff from clinical, public health, and community-based substance use disorder programs and HIV teams to focus on the current state of the opioid epidemic. The wrap-around services, intensive case management, human touch, compassion, and consumer activism in the HIV epidemic helped turn the tide, and many of the lessons from HIV models can be shared to decrease stigma, promote treatment, and support caregivers and providers. Register
Only a few spaces left! Register now for the 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Clinical Care Conference, December 4-7, 2019, New Orleans, LA (HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, AETC NCRC, International Antiviral Society-USA): The annual RWHAP Clinical Care Conference provides state-of-the-science research, care, and treatment updates for clinical decision-makers who are responsible for the day-to-day healthcare and treatment of people with HIV as well as those at greatest risk of new HIV infection. Topics related to all aspects of the HIV care continuum and strategies for ending the HIV epidemic will be addressed.

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in HRSA-funded RWHAP clinics, health centers, or programs are invited to attend. A limited number of spots are reserved for RNs and PharmDs who are the primary clinical decision-makers in their RWHAP-funded clinics or programs. All attendees must be approved. Attendance is limited to 400 participants, please do not make travel arrangements prior to receiving notification that your application to attend has been approved. 
Register

Practice Transformation - Minority AIDS Initiative
Practice Transformation (PT):
PT Resources Review (AETC Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]): These resources may be helpful for programs and healthcare teams beginning PT projects, or need resources to help orient colleagues new to the team:
  •  AETC Program PT Community of Learning (COL): resources produced by AETC Program COL participants or shared from other sources to assist with the implementation and evaluation of PT projects across AETC regions.  This collection includes webinar recordings, curricula, reports, videos, manuals and evaluation tools, and more. AETC PT resources
  • Tools and Resources for Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement: these AHRQ tools were developed and tested by those on the front lines of PT and quality improvement. They can be used to facilitate transformation in practices of any size from solo and small practices to large group practices and integrated networks. Resources and tools in this section fall into nine categories:
    • Implementing Primary Care Transformation
    • Assisting Transformation: Practice Facilitation
      Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care
    • Creating Teams and Team-based Care
    • Improving Health Literacy
    • Integrating Quality Improvement
    • Optimizing Health IT and Workflow
    • Assessing Patient Experience and Satisfaction

Minority AIDS Initiative: 
Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) - Models of Care resources now on the AETC NCRC website (AETC NCRC)SPNS resources were added to the AETC NCRC resource repository, cross-posted from HRSA’s TargetHIV website, to provide AETC NCRC website visitors easy access to information on evidence-informed SPNS projects, interventions and products, to support RWHAP-funded sites, and other healthcare facilities providing services to underserved populations diagnosed with HIV. Here you’ll find SPNS products and links to information on active SPNS projects. SPNS info on AETC NCRC
Other Related Resources, News & Events
Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America Technical Assistance and Systems Coordinator Provider Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) (HRSA): HRSA has released two notice of funding opportunity announcements:
  • The Technical Assistance Provider (HRSA-20-079) is responsible for providing technical assistance to the recipients of HRSA-20-078 on implementation of work plan activities, innovative approaches, and interventions.  Annual anticipated funding is $3,750,000.  HRSA anticipates making one award. 
  • The Systems Coordination Provider (HRSA-20-089) is responsible for assisting HRSA-20-078 recipients in coordinating and integrating their initiative plans, funding sources, and programs with the existing HIV care delivery systems.  In addition, the Systems Coordination Provider will assist in identifying existing and new stakeholders, as well as collate and disseminate best practices, innovative approaches, and interventions identified by the Technical Assistance Provider that will advance recipient’s progress in meeting the goals of the initiative. Annual anticipated funding is $1,250,000.  HRSA anticipates making one award. 
Webinar recordings and slides which provide more information about these HRSA NOFOs are now available and can be accessed here. For questions about business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to these HRSA NOFOs, please contact Olusada Dada, Grants Management Specialist at Odada@hrsa.gov.  Application deadline is October 15, 2019.
HRSA-20-079 application
HRSA-20-089 application

Getting to Zero Illinois 2019-2023 Plan (Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL), AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago Dept. of Public Health, Illinois Dept. of Public Health, Midwest AETC & partners)This initiative began in the summer of 2016. The goal was to explore what it would take to change the course of the HIV epidemic in Illinois. After a series of meetings with HIV stakeholders and focus groups for specific communities disproportionately affected by HIV, and with feedback from the community, the GTZ-IL team released a plan for Illinois in May 2019. The guiding principles of the plan are eliminating stigma, dismantling racism, prioritizing trauma prevention and trauma-informed care, practicing cultural humility and focusing on data to achieve outcomes. Cook County in Illinois is one of the 48 counties identified as having among the highest number of HIV cases and is slated to receive additional federal funding under the administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.  State and local agencies receiving this funding will work to ensure funds are aligned with GTZ-IL. This plan can be helpful for other jurisdictions strategizing about how to address the HIV epidemic and make substantive changes within their localities.  Getting to Zero Illinois 2019-2023 Plan

Opioid Response Network (ORN) (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and partnering organizations): The ORN was created to support efforts in addressing the prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid use disorder. ORN provides resources and technical assistance locally in communities across the United States and its territories. Each state and territory have a designated team of experts in the implementation of evidence-based practices. The goal of ORN is to streamline efforts to fill all gaps where needed and as defined by the states and territories. To learn more and to submit a request, visit the ORN website or brochure.

Trans 101: Transgender People in Everyday Work and Life (course) (Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, University of California, San Francisco, California Department of Public Health): This online course includes seven interactive, multi-media modules covering core concepts related to transgender people and communities, and is appropriate for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge and awareness about the issues impacting the health and lives of transgender people. This is a 30-minute self-monitored course. Learning objectives include: 
  • Identify and define common terms that transgender people may use to describe themselves
  • Describe structural, community, interpersonal or individual factors that contribute to disparities among transgender people
  • Discuss strategies to improve services for transgender people
  • Name ways to be an ally to trans communities
Course

AIDSinfo E-learning Courses via AIDSource (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine): AIDSinfo is offering two free CME/CE e-learning courses via AIDSource: 
  • HIV/AIDS Guidelines: E-Learning Course provides an overview of HIV-related medical practice guidelines available on the AIDSinfo website and mobile apps. This self-paced activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and other members of the healthcare team caring for people with HIV. 
  • Information Resources: E-Learning Course provides an overview of information resources available on the AIDSinfo website and mobile apps to help members of the HIV care team become familiar with locating related resources for themselves and their patients. This self-paced activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare providers caring for people with HIV.
                   

Hepatitis C Prescriber Toolkit (HRSA HAB): This interactive tool provides state-specific prescribing information and resources to assist providers in navigating health coverage requirements for their patients with hepatitis C. State information is supplemented by a comprehensive directory of patient assistance programs (PAPs) and co-pay assistance programs (CAPs). Additional resources include links to the AETC NCRC website and the HIV/HCV Co-infection: An AETC National Curriculum. Toolkit

7th Annual Rural HIV Research and Training Conference – September 20-21, 2019, Savannah, GA (AIDS Institute, Rising Sun Productions): This is a two-day forum for exchanging the latest information and learning the newest tools to address the challenges of the HIV epidemic in rural communities. The conference brings together health professionals to share innovative strategies, discuss unique challenges and foster advocacy and community partnerships to address HIV prevention, intervention, and care, working with children, youth and families in rural communities.
 Register

Doctor, Can I Trust You? Addressing Health Disparities and Implicit Bias in the Care of LGBTQ Patients in Rural Communities (webinar) – September 26, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm ET (Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), HRSA): This training is a program of Rural PREP Grand Rounds, which are one-hour online, team-based learning sessions that engage learners and faculty from rural sites across the U.S., and from multiple disciplines at various stages of their professional development. This session will focus on provider biases in the care of the LGBTQ community and how it contributes to health disparities with this population. Register

10th International Workshop on HIV & Aging - October 10-11, 2019, New York, NY (Virology Education): This meeting will gather a cross-disciplinary team of experts, trainees, and community members who are involved in HIV and aging research and the provision of care to older persons with HIV.  The ultimate goals of this conference are to stimulate and guide research that will enable better treatment methods and strategies for older adults with HIV, to encourage young investigators, and to stimulate new partnerships between investigators in HIV and aging. Register

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 2019 Conference, November 7-9, 2019, Portland, OR (ANAC): ANAC2018 is the leading conference for nurse practitioners and nurses working in HIV and its associated conditions, co-infections and co-morbidities. This annual meeting includes expert speakers, symposia, roundtable discussions, and abstract-driven presentations. Conference objectives aim to discuss innovative biomedical, psychosocial and behavioral research in HIV, strategize about how to advocate for advancements in HIV care and prevention within the existing policy environment, and demonstrate an enhanced ability to care for key populations with, at-risk for, or affected by HIV while increasing the capacity to identify, treat and care for individuals with or at-risk for viral hepatitis. Register

International Conference on Stigma – November 22, 2019, Washington, D.C. (Howard University Coalition for the Elimination of AIDS-Related Stigma, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, MidAtlantic AETC, Government of the District of Columbia Dept. of Health, National Institutes of Health, and partners) The goals of this conference are to increase awareness of the stigma of HIV and other health conditions and to explore interventions to eradicate this stigma. The conference also serves to educate healthcare providers and the general public about stigma as both a human rights violation and a major barrier to prevention and treatment of illnesses. Poster submission deadline is September 20, 2019. Register

Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit, December 3-4, 2019, Houston, TX (National Minority AIDS Council): The conference brings together HIV leaders from community-based organizations, health departments, and national organizations to discuss, learn, and share biomedical HIV prevention interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), Treatment as Prevention (TasP), and Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U), among communities of color. Registration deadline is November 1, 2018. Register

 
Awareness Days/Events
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – September 18
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – September 27
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day – October 15
Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV – October 23
National Rural Health Day – November 21
World AIDS Day – December 1






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