AETC Program Mission and History
Who We Are
The AIDS Education and Training Centers are a national network of leading HIV experts who provide locally based, tailored education, clinical consultation and technical assistance to healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations to integrate state-of-the-science comprehensive care for those living with or affected by HIV. The network is comprised of 2 national centers, 8 regional centers, and more than 85 regional-partner (local) sites.
What We Do
The AETC Program transforms HIV care by providing healthcare teams with education and capacity building support. Healthcare professionals trained by the AETCs develop the confidence and competency to address HIV-related issues and are more willing than other primary care providers to treat persons living with HIV.
The AETC Program supports the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) by increasing the number of healthcare teams educated and motivated to care for individuals with HIV, and increasing access to care, thereby reducing HIV-related health disparities. The mission of the AETC Program is to improve the quality of life of persons living with or at risk of HIV throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six U.S.-affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions.
How We Help
AETC training is targeted to providers who serve marginalized and resource-poor populations of high HIV prevalence including homeless, incarcerated, adolescent/young adult, transgender, gay/bisexual men, substance using, and immigrant/migrant persons residing in the U.S. The AETCs focus on training diverse groups of clinicians including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, oral health professionals, and pharmacists, as well as other multidisciplinary HIV care team members working in Ryan White and STD clinics, hospitals, community-based organizations, health departments, mental health and addiction treatment facilities, and other healthcare facilities.
Training activities are offered in-person, online and via distanced-based platforms, and are based upon assessed local needs.
An interactive training approach is emphasized to assist providers with complex issues related to the management of HIV care and treatment. AETCs collaborate with Ryan White grantees, health education centers, community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, and medical and health professional organizations.
The AETC Program trains an average of 83,000 clinical staff annually
Consultation, Capacity Building, and Technical Assistance
- Regional, local, and national AETC programs provide case-based and organizational education, training, consulting and technical assistance.
- Regional centers and their partnering (local) sites work directly within the community through targeted training and by linking providers with local experts.
- National centers provide resources, assistance, and training to support healthcare professionals and faculty in the AETC network and beyond. The national centers are:
- The National Clinician Consultation Center (NCCC) operates a Warmline for individual clinician case consultations, a PEPline for consultations on post-exposure prophylaxis, a PrEPline for consultations on pre-exposure prophylaxis, a Perinatal Hotline for questions about the care of HIV-infected pregnant women as well as indications and interpretations of HIV tests, a Hepatitis C Management line for consultations on hepatitis C mono-infection management, and a Substance Use Management line for advice on substance use management for providers.
- The AETC National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC) offers a virtual library of online training resources for adaptation by HIV care providers and other healthcare professionals to meet local training needs, coordinates an annual in-person conference for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program prescribing clinicians, and provides technical assistance, marketing services, and capacity building support for the AETC network and allied healthcare professionals.
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