HRSA/HAB Staffing News
The new Director for HRSA/HAB’s Division of Service Systems (DSS) will be Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo and the new Director for the HRSA/HAB Global HIV/AIDS Program will be Dr. Jose (Rafi) Morales. Both will be assuming their new positions in June.
TA Conference Call on Using Data Reports to Initiate QI Projects: June 16
The National Quality Center (NQC) will hold a TA conference call on using data reports on June 16, 3:00-4:00 pm ET. Learn how the data you collect can be used to guide quality improvement activities. For more information and to register. For other resources on quality visit the TARGET Center.
Symposium on Transwomen’s Health: June 29, Tampa
On June 29, 1:00 – 5:30 pm ET, a 1-day symposium titled Advancing Transwomen’s Health: A Symposium to Improve Access to High Quality HIV Prevention and Care Services will be held immediately following the 14th Annual Clinical Conference for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The symposium is free of charge and is open to all participants in the clinical conference.
The symposium is presented by the National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development (the association of AETCs) and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and offers CME and CE credits. The program is targeted for clinicians who manage and treat HIV-infected or at-risk transgender women, or those who would like to reach out to this community with culturally sensitive services. The agenda includes clinical presentations, skill building workshops, case presentations, and networking opportunities. The symposium takes place at the Marriott Tampa Waterside. For more information.(PDF - 186 KB)
Ryan White Clinical Conference: June 27-29, Tampa
Registration is still open for the 14th Annual Clinical Conference for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, to be held June 27-29 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside in Tampa, Florida. Registration is limited and the deadline is June 15.
The goal of the meeting is to provide a comprehensive and timely overview of HIV treatment issues and current strategies in HIV medical care for prescribers in Ryan White clinics and programs funded under Parts A through F. This state-of-the-art Continuing Medical Education (CME) program will include 2.5 days of lectures and interactive workshops. Attendees are encouraged to bring cases and questions for discussion. The Clinical Conference is supported by and planned in collaboration with staff from HRSA/HAB and the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center. This CME program is sponsored by the IAS-USA. For information and to register. For resources on clinical care visit the TARGET Center.
NQC Quality Awards: Nominations Due June 3
Tomorrow is the deadline to submit nominations for the National Quality Center (NQC) Quality Awards. Each year, the NQC recognizes organizations and individuals that have made meaningful achievements in quality management. NQC, which is supported by HRSA/HAB, created the Quality of Care Award Program to recognize Ryan White Program grantees, organizations, and individuals across all Parts that have demonstrated outstanding progress in improving the quality of HIV care. Awards are made in the following categories:
CDC Launches 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Lecture Series
CDC will convene a series of moderated "conversations with leaders" describing defining moments that changed the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The series, CDC 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Lecture Series, will begin in early June and extended through the summer. A final lecture will take place at the CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference on August 17. All lectures will be Webcast and a compilation of the discussions will be available online and on DVD this fall. For more information.
National HIV Testing Day: June 27
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), an annual observance to promote HIV testing. NHTD is organized by the National Association of People with AIDS. For more information, resources, and events. For information on other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
NASTAD Report on Implementation of HIV Rapid Testing
A new report from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) focuses on the implementation of HIV rapid testing in health department-supported HIV prevention programs. The report, based on data from a survey NASTAD conducted in April 2010, details the mechanisms and resources used by health departments to procure rapid HIV test devices; the types of test technologies and volume of tests conducted by health department supported testing programs; the venues in which rapid HIV testing is conducted; and health department plans and priorities for expansion of rapid HIV testing. Issues associated with the use of rapid HIV tests from various manufacturers, performance of rapid HIV tests, and use of multi-test algorithms are also examined. Implementation of HIV testing in dental care settings is highlighted. View the report. (PDF – 869 KB)