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HAB Information E-mail Volume 14, Issue 3, February 10, 2011

HRSA/HAB News

  • Newly Launched: AETC National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities
  • Funding for AETC National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center: Deadline April 1
  • Face of Ryan White: Consumer Awareness Campaign Focuses on Alcohol Use
  • New Contractor for HAB Technical Assistance Contract
  • HAB Web Site Home Page Revised
  • NQC TA Call on Ten Rules for Quality Improvement: February 17
  • Webcast on Cultural Competence and the Clinician’s Role: February 17
  • EHR, HIT, and Meaningful Use Boot Camp: March 9-10, Tampa
  • Policy Brief on Transitional Care for the Newly Released

Other News

  • Portability of Coverage, Enrollee Notices, and Third Party Payments under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program
  • Patient Assistance Program Directory Updated
  • Fact Sheet on CDC’s HIV Prevention Activities for African American MSM
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10
  • National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS: March 6-12

HRSA/HAB News

Newly Launched: AETC National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities
Recently launched is the AIDS Education and Training (AETC) National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities (NCHCMC).  This initiative is one of the new components of the national AETC Network.  Its purpose is to increase access to comprehensive HIV primary care for ethnic and racial minority communities severely impacted by HIV by developing the organizational capacity of health centers that are not directly funded through the Ryan White Program.  Funded through HRSA's AETC program and the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI), the project is led by HealthHIV in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centers.  It will support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy by assisting a cohort of up to 30 health centers annually, as it will complement current AETC clinical training and provide comprehensive organizational capacity building.

Potential health centers are being identified now and those selected will undergo a 12‐month practice transformation to develop, expand, or improve organization‐wide systems, practice processes, and outcomes to build sustainable HIV programs.

Health centers that are not directly funded through the Ryan White Program are encouraged to consider this opportunity and current Ryan White grantees are encouraged to disseminate this information to such health centers in their communities and jurisdictions. Applications are available on the NCHCMC Web site. Exit Disclaimer

Funding for AETC National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center: Deadline April 1
HRSA/HAB is soliciting applications for the AETC National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center (AETC NCCC), a component of the HRSA AIDS Education and Training Center Program (AETC).  The AETC program is the professional training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

The purpose of the AETC NCCC is to supply health care providers with a national resource to obtain timely and appropriate responses to clinical questions relating to: 1) the treatment of persons with HIV infection; 2) health care worker exposure to HIV and other blood borne pathogens (e.g., hepatitis); and 3) the treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants and a referral service to connect HIV-infected pregnant women and exposed infants with HIV-experienced care providers.  The efforts of the AETC NCCC will enhance the capacity of the regional AETCs to provide telephone and electronic consultation to health care providers.  The consultation service provided by the AETC NCCC is not intended to replace sub-specialty consultation but rather to provide information and advice to providers managing HIV-infected patients.

In addition, in recently published scientific findings the daily oral use of a combination of antiretroviral medications, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), was found to be an efficacious component of the prevention package to hinder HIV transmission.  It is expected that health care providers will have inquiries on these new PrEP findings and continue to seek advice on non-occupational post exposure prophylaxis (nPEP), as part of the spectrum of questions asked of the AETC NCCC.

Access the application.

For more information on the activities of the AETCs. Exit Disclaimer

Face of Ryan White: Consumer Awareness Campaign Focuses on Alcohol Use
“How much is too much” is the latest in a series of Seattle-King County consumer awareness campaigns to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS.  This segment of the campaign focuses on alcohol consumption and provides information on the impact of alcohol—both immediate (e.g., impaired judgment, risk of injury or accident) and long term (health implication apart from HIV as well as HIV-related implications).  The program includes appealing graphics and various outreach vehicles such as posters, postcards, magnets, and lanyards.  This HRSA-funded quality of care project was created with the Graphic Design Student Studio at the Art Institute of Seattle.  For more information check out the photo banner on the TARGET Center home page. Exit Disclaimer

New Contractor for HAB Technical Assistance Contract
Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc (MSCG) is the newly awarded HAB technical assistance (TA) contractor.  This contract provides TA to grantees, planning bodies, and service providers funded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, as well as HAB staff so that they can build skills to provide direct TA, in order to improve the performance of programs.  Training and TA is provided through a variety of strategic approaches and dissemination strategies including individualized and on-site peer and expert consultation, reverse site visits/preceptorships, ongoing consultative support and relationships, national and/or regional meetings, consultative meetings and conferences, conference calls and Webcasts, development of products and training curricula in hard copy or Web-based format, e-mail list serves and other means of regular communications and information dissemination.

To request TA and training please contact your HRSA/HAB Project Officer.  To become a consultant/content expert contact George Ersek, MSCG Project Director, via e-mail.

HAB Web Site Home Page Revised
A months-long process to revamp the HRSA/HAB Web site began early this month with a new look for the home page, featuring more explanatory text and richer visuals.  The revision is stage one of a multi-step transition of the site to a content management system, which will eventually put Web content updating responsibilities increasingly in the hands of HAB program staff.  HAB Web site subpages have not been altered yet but will transition in phases over the next year.
Visit the redesigned HAB Home Page.

NQC TA Call on Ten Rules for Quality Improvement: February 17
The HRSA/HAB-supported National Quality Center (NQC) will hold a TA conference call, New Vision for Quality Improvement: Ten Rules for Quality Improvement, on February 17, 3:00-4:00 pm ET.  As the name implies, this is a “new” topic.
To register. Exit Disclaimer

For additional resources on quality, visit the TARGET Center. Exit Disclaimer

Webcast on Cultural Competence and the Clinician’s Role: February 17 
A Webcast, Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinician’s Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care, will take place February 17, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET.  The Webcast is produced by the HRSA/HAB-supported AETC-National Multicultural Center.  The Webcast has the following learning objectives:

  • Examine the Culture Care Frameworks as a guide for practice and service in the delivery of quality health care;
  • Describe key values, concepts and approaches to cultural competence in providing quality HIV care;
  • Describe the core knowledge and skill necessary to understanding and addressing health disparities in HIV / AIDS care;
  • Discuss strategies to bridge the gap across cultures in providing quality health care; and
  • Discuss how to apply the strategies of cultural care validation, accommodation and reframing in providing quality clinical care.

Continuing education credits are available through the Academy of Family Physicians.
To register, look under “What’s New” at the TARGET Center. Exit Disclaimer

Additional resources on cultural competence are available from the TARGET Center. Exit Disclaimer

EHR, HIT, and Meaningful Use Boot Camp: March 9-10, Tampa 
HRSA will hold a series of HIT and meaningful use workshops as part of its ongoing technical assistance efforts.  These vendor neutral workshops will provide insights and tools for successfully negotiating the stages of electronic health record (EHR) implementation from planning to post-implementation optimization of use, which will qualify users for the CMS Incentive Payment.  The early registration deadline is February 14.

Register for this event.Exit Disclaimer

In addition to the in-person workshop, the hosts will be providing a portion of these workshops through Webcast or Webinar technologies to reach a wider remote audience.  Additional information is available via e-mail.

Policy Brief on Transitional Care for the Newly Released
A new policy brief, Transitional Care Coordination: Supported Transitions, was developed as part of the HRSA/HAB-supported SPNS Enhancing Linkages for Those Newly Released from Jails Initiative.  The policy brief describes the need for transitional care and presents tips for managing collaborative models.  It was developed by the Evaluation Services Center at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center.
View the brief. (PDF – 351 KB) Exit Disclaimer

For more information on working with inmates go to the TARGET Center Library. Exit Disclaimer

Other News

Portability of Coverage, Enrollee Notices, and Third Party Payments under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program 
The Affordable Care Act provides people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) additional options for health care coverage, now and in the future.  Starting in 2014, Americans can no longer be denied coverage or charged more based on their health status when they enroll in a health plan.  In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act provides assistance to people needing health care, including temporary coverage for eligible people without insurance who have a pre-existing condition.  The program is known as the “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan” or the PCIP program.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a bulletin entitled, “Portability of Coverage, Enrollee Notices, and Third Party Payments under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program,” which provides details on the PCIP program and answers frequently asked questions.
For more information. (PDF – 56.5 KB)

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees have raised questions regarding the PCIP program and its impact on PLWH and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-related issues.  In December, a letter was sent to grantees that included responses to frequently asked questions and additional information regarding the important role Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Grantees have with regard to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
View the letter. (PDF – 27.3 KB)

Patient Assistance Program Directory Updated
The Fair Pricing Coalition has updated its directory of industry-run HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) patient assistance programs (PAPs).  The update includes changes made to PAP policies since August along with information on companies participating in the Welvista program.  For participating drug manufacturers, the Welvista program is serving as a central resource for free medications for individuals on AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists.  The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) is an ad hoc group of activists who advocate with the pharmaceutical industry regarding the price of HIV and hepatitis drugs.
For more information. Exit Disclaimer

Fact Sheet on CDC’s HIV Prevention Activities for African American MSM
CDC has released a new fact sheet focusing on African American men who have sex with men (MSM).  In 2006 among African American MSM, more new HIV infections occurred in young African American MSM (aged 13–29 years) than any other racial or ethnic age group of MSM.  The number of new infections among young African American MSM was nearly twice that of young White MSM and more than twice that of young Hispanic/Latino MSM.  The fact sheet includes information on the epidemiological impact of HIV and provides an overview of CDC-supported prevention activities and research and evaluation efforts.
View the fact sheet.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10
March 10 marks the observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  It is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Women’s Health is the lead for this day.
For more information, resources, and events.

For information on other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.

National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS: March 6-12
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is a call to prayer for the eradication of HIV/AIDS through prayer, education, advocacy, and service.  It is designed to bring together people of faith to unite with purpose, compassion, and hope to support HIV education, encourage HIV testing, and advocate for care and treatment.
For more information, resources, and a list of events. Exit Disclaimer

In addition to the resources listed above, don’t forget to check out these other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.

TARGET Center, Exit Disclaimer Central Source for Ryan White TA

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