UMBAST - How is HIV Training/TA Different on the Border?

Over the past couple months I have completed trainings in both rural and urban areas of the border in California and Arizona. We also had an UMBAST face-to-face meeting on the border near Brownsville, Texas. I’d like to use this posting as a discussion of unmet border needs. I’d like to hear about your HIV-related training and technical assistance (TA) needs as providers in community clinics and organizations on the border. Over the next 3 years the AETCs and other federal training centers (FTCs) covering TB, substance abuse, STDs, prevention, and family planning will collaborate with UMBAST to better serve border community health centers.

I am often asked, "How is HIV training/TA different on the border?"  Please help us answer the question above by responding to 1-2 of the following questions:

  • How are HIV stigma and discrimination different on the border?
  • How is access to HIV testing and care different on the border? What about retention in care?
  • What are the top HIV-related substance abuse training/TA needs on the border?
  • What are your STD, TB, or HepC training/TA needs?
  • What are your HIV workforce and recruiting issues?

We need the feedback of providers and organizations who are working on the border to help address your unmet needs. We need your help!

Thank you.

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