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Program Background and Goals
The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White CARE Act currently supports a network of 12 regional centers (and more than 130 associated sites) that conduct targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating persons with HIV/AIDS. The AETCs serve all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. The AETC Program increases the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage individuals with HIV infection, and prevent high risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. The AETC Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau.
Training is preferentially targeted to providers who serve minority populations, the homeless, rural communities, incarcerated persons, and Ryan White CARE Act funded sites. AETCs focus on training clinicians in primary health care (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists). These training activities are based upon assessed local needs. Emphasis is placed on interactive, hands-on training and clinical consultation to assist providers with complex issues related to the management of highly active antiretroviral therapy. AETCs collaborate with CARE Act-funded organizations, area health education centers, community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, and medical and health professional organizations. Since 1991, the AETC program has sponsored more than 700,000 training interactions for providers. Clinicians trained by AETCs have been shown to be more competent with regard to HIV issues and more willing to treat persons living with HIV than other primary care providers.
For more information about AETC training, contact your regional AETC.
Consulting Services
Local and national AETCs are available for both case-based and organizational consulting and technical assistance. The National Clinicians’ Consultation Center operates a Warmline for individual clinician case consultations. Regional AETCs also offer case consultations and customized training design. The National Minority AETC builds capacity for care among minority health care professionals and those serving minority communities.
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