The AETC National Resource Center (NRC) wrapped up its Social Media Workgroup in November 2011 with a web-based debate entitled “To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That is the Question: AETCs and Social Media,”a tongue-in-cheeky, yet, comprehensive review on the pros and cons of social media and how the AETCs can utilize it in their practices.
You’re planning a training for oral health providers at varying clinics at a designated time. You know you’ll need to use some kind of technology to reach your target audience, but what type(s) of technology should you use and what are the adult learning best practices that apply? How will you market and evaluate the event? And, where can you go to find simple answers to these questions?
October 1, 2013 – the date when the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) marketplaces open for enrollment – is less than four months away, and there is much still be done to ensure a smooth transition to coverage through these marketplaces. The marketplaces, which will allow people to compare and purchase “Qualified Health Plans” (QHPs), provide a tremendous opportunity for people living with HIV to access comprehensive, affordable private insurance – many for the first time. Maximizing access to private insurance will be particularly important in states that do not expand Medicaid in 2014. However, engaging with and navigating the private insurance options will involve new issues and concerns and a new insurance vocabulary. State HIV/AIDS programs, providers, and consumers are considering the following issues and action steps as they prepare for open enrollment:
To date, the 25 year restriction on using federal funds to support needle and syringe service programs (SSPs) is still in place despite an abundance of scientific research showing that this practice significantly reduces the transmission of HIV as well as other infectious diseases. This federal restriction has continued despite the work of national HIV education and prevention programs like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and in spite of attempts by the Obama Administration to lift the ban.
The PPACA directly impacts the role of social workers, especially those working in HIV care settings. The fluctuating landscape of medical, mental health, and supportive services as a result of the PPACA calls for social workers to be actively engaged in the enhancement of human well-being, to provide access to basic resources, and to ensure that the vulnerable, oppressed, and impoverished are included in an environment in which they feel empowered to achieve self-efficacy.
A health care reform “to do” list was presented about six months ago at the November 2012 Ryan White Grantee Meeting. You may have missed it. In a sea of hundreds of sessions at the biennial conference were 11 grantee workshops on ideas and recommendations for Ryan White agencies to take in 2013 and beyond to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Contract with health plans, revitalize benefits counseling, collaborate with state Medicaid officials on HIV/AIDS care issues - the TARGET Center sorted and captured all these ideas in one place: the ACA and Ryan White Learning Modules. There are just four categories but lots of details under each. They are:
- Learn about Reform
- Engage in Marketplace Planning
- Educate and Assist Clients
- Adjust Systems