UMBAST: U.S.-Mexico Border AETC Steering Team
The U.S.-Mexico border region is the epicenter for some of the worst health and economic disparities in the nation. If the border region were a state it would rank last in access to health care, second in hepatitis death rates, third in diabetes deaths, and last in per-capita income. Recent border-focused research and needs assessments have documented the need for training and technical assistance services on the border that address HIV-related issues, including testing and early diagnosis; stigma and discrimination (especially for MSMs of color and migrants); linkage to, retention in, and continuity of care; mental health and substance abuse treatment; health care workforce recruitment, development, expansion, and retention; and health care reform.
UMBAST is a collaboration among the local, regional, and national training centers that serve the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to the AIDS Education and Training Centers listed below, UMBAST works closely with other Federal training centers working in related fields such as STDs, tuberculosis, addiction, and reproductive health.
UMBAST is supported by the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Ryan White Program and the Minority AIDS Initiative.