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HAB Information E-mail Volume 14, Issue 9, May 19, 2011

HRSA/HAB News

  • HRSA/HAB Updates Housing Referral Services Policy
  • Face of Ryan White: In the News in Wisconsin
  • Funding Available for AETC Telehealth Training Centers Program: Deadline June 20
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement on Expanding HIV Training into Graduate Medical Education: Deadline June 24
  • Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care Available Online
  • NMAC Recruitment/Retention into Care Training: Region 3 Training June 15-17, Philadelphia
  • Town Hall Webcast on 2010 RSR Submission: May 24
  • CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee Meets
  • Teams Needed to Participate in HRSA’s Healthy Weight Collaborative: Deadline June 3

Other News

  • National ADAP Monitoring Project: Module Two of Annual Report Released
  • HHS Announces \ 00 Million in Prevention Grants to Create Healthier Communities
  • CDC Releases Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance Report
  • Webinar on the State and Future of HIV/AIDS: June 15
  • Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: June 8
  • SAMHSA to Fund Integrated Health/HIV Services: Deadline June 13

HRSA/HAB News

HRSA/HAB Updates Housing Referral Services Policy

Recently released HRSA/HAB Policy Notice 11-01, titled, The Use of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funds for Housing Referral Services and Shortterm or Emergency Housing Needs, establishes guidelines for allowable housing-related expenditures under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.  The changes are based on an comprehensive review of HAB’s housing policies. The new policy replaces HRSA/HAB Policy Notice 99-02.

View the new policy.

Face of Ryan White: In the News in Wisconsin

Ideally, any given program will be in a position to offer comprehensive care to its clients.  AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, a Ryan White grantee, is able to provide primary care and a full range of other services, like nutrition, legal help, pharmacy assistance, and more.  Services are provided in Milwaukee and throughout the entire state.  The organization was recently featured in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Online.  To read more go to the photo banner on the TARGET Center and look under “Comprehensive Care.” (Not a US Government Web site)

Funding Available for AETC Telehealth Training Centers Program: Deadline June 20

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), HRSA-11-172, is to enhance the capacity of health care providers engaged in HIV/AIDS health care delivery systems through the utilization of telehealth technology for clinical consultation and distance learning, as well as to develop an informed support system for health care professionals.  The goal of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Telehealth Training Centers Program (TTCP) is to expand access to and improve health care and health outcomes for hard-to-reach, HIV-positive persons in medical care residing in historically underserved communities.  The objective is to enhance the capacity of health care providers engaged in HIV/AIDS health care delivery systems within a region or State through the utilization of telehealth technology for:

1) Clinical consultation, which may include the use of case presentations and patient co-management (though it is not intended to supplant patient referral to an expert when needed);

2) Other education and training modalities that result in a continuum of longitudinal learning opportunities for trainees; and

3) Development of an informed support system for trainees.

Applications are due June 20.

For more information and to access the FOA.

Funding Opportunity Announcement on Expanding HIV Training into Graduate Medical Education: Deadline June 24

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), HRSA-11-171, is to expand opportunities to train medical residents in HIV/AIDS primary care and treatment.  The 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Implementation Plan calls for HRSA to consider opportunities to foster residency training with a focus on HIV management and care at community health centers.  The purpose of this FOA is to fund public and nonprofit private entities and schools and academic health science centers including 1) community-based ambulatory patient care centers that operate a primary care residency program, or 2) primary care residency programs based in traditional settings with established continuity of practice programs that are located within a community-based ambulatory care center, within which large numbers of HIV-infected patients receive care, to expand opportunities to train medical residents in HIV/AIDS care and treatment.  Funds will support developmental work toward expanding an existing accredited primary care residency program to include an HIV focus.

Applications are due June 24.

A pre-application TA call will be held for interested applicants on June 1.

For more information and the application.

Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care Available Online

HRSA/HAB’s Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care is now available online.  The Guide covers 93 topics in 610 pages and provides guidance on a broad range of clinical care topics, including testing and assessment, health care maintenance and disease prevention, comorbidities, oral health, HIV treatment and more.

View the Guide.

See all of HRSA’s HIV/AIDS protocols and Access Clinical Care TA. (Not a US Government Website)

NMAC Recruitment/Retention into Care Training: Region 3 Training June 15-17, Philadelphia

The National Minority AIDS Council’s (NMAC) Recruitment and Retention into Care program is a national training program designed to develop, improve, and expand comprehensive services targeting communities severely impacted by HIV.  The goal of this program is to improve access, quality of care, and coordination of health care services for people living with HIV who are multiply diagnosed, located in or around rural areas, and/or racial/ethnic minorities who are collectively categorized as hard-to-reach, high-risk populations.  The training underscores barriers and strategies for service providers to effectively respond to the needs of the target populations.  The program is funded by HRSA/HAB.

The next training is focused on PHS Region 3 (Delaware, Maryland, District of Colombia, Virginia, and West Virginia) and takes place June 15-17 in Philadelphia.  A limited number of scholarships are available based upon selection criteria.  Scholarship recipients are covered for travel and lodging.

Applications are due May 23.

For more information and to apply. (Not a US Government Website)

Town Hall Webcast on 2010 RSR Submission: May 24

A Town Hall Webcast on the 2010 RSR submission process will take place on May 24 at 1:00 pm ET.  This Webcast will provide grantees an opportunity to provide HRSA/HAB with feedback on the process.  What worked?  What didn’t?  How can we help you with data collection and reporting for 2011?  Join this Town Hall Webcast to share experiences, learn from peers, and get answers from TA contractors.  Next steps in HRSA/HAB’s data quality strategy, including the release of the Completeness Reports, will also be discussed.

To register. (Not a US Government Website)

Access technical assistance on the RSR. (Not a US Government Website)

CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee Meets

The CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC) recently concluded its 2-day meeting in Atlanta, GA.  A broad agenda addressed: updates from each Agency; an update on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and its implementation; an update of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports on HIV testing, barriers, and linkages to HIV care; discussions of the CHAC Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Workgroup’s progress; and a discussion of HIV and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment research.  The CHAC advises the Administrator of HRSA and the Director of CDC.

Learn more about the CHAC.

View the IOM reports on HIV screening. (Not a US Government Web site)

Teams Needed to Participate in HRSA’s Healthy Weight Collaborative: Deadline June 3

HRSA’s Healthy Weight Collaborative, a national quality improvement effort to prevent and treat obesity, is now recruiting community teams to participate in Phase One, which will run from June 2011 to July 2012.  Teams should have existing linkages between primary care, public health, and community organizations, and experience in obesity prevention.  Phase Two of the Collaborative will offer another opportunity for additional teams to participate.

The Prevention Center for Healthy Weight to the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is managing and implementing the Healthy Weight Collaborative.  In this two-phased national quality improvement effort, teams comprised of representatives from primary care, public health, and the community will implement, test, and disseminate promising and evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat obesity for children and families using the Breakthrough Series Collaborative approach.  The Prevention Center also serves as the coordinating body for a consortium of national partners including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Maine Medical Center (MMC)/Let’s Go!, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and Nemours, to build a resource center for the collection and broader dissemination of lessons learned from the Collaborative and other tools for obesity treatment and prevention.

In this first phase, 10 teams will be selected.  Teams will participate in two in-person Learning Sessions (September 2011 and May 2012) and one virtual Learning Session (January 2012).

Applications are due June 3.

For more information on the Healthy Weight Collaborative. (Not a US Government Website)

To download the application. (Not a US Government Website)

Other News

National ADAP Monitoring Project: Module Two of Annual Report Released

Module Two of the National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report provides detailed information related to client enrollment and utilization, expenditures and prescriptions filled, prescription distribution and payment methods, insurance coordination, ADAP coordination with Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs), and ADAP coordination with Medicare Part D.  The Module Two Supplement provides highlights of ADAP coverage of hepatitis treatments.

View the reports. (Not a US Government Web site)

HHS Announces $100 Million in Prevention Grants to Create Healthier Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants.  Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases.  These grants will focus on five priority areas: 1) tobacco-free living; 2) active living and healthy eating; 3) evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol; 4) social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and 5) healthy and safe physical environments.  Communities may also address additional areas of disease prevention and health promotion that will contribute to the overall goal of reducing chronic disease rates, including HIV.

State and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and State and local non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Community Transformation Grants.  At least 20 percent of grant funds will be directed to rural and frontier areas.

Applications are due to the CDC in July 2011, with awards expected to be announced near the end of summer. The grants are expected to run for 5 years, with projects expanding their scope and reach over time as resources permit.

For more information.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

CDC Releases Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance Report

The CDC recently released updated perinatal surveillance data.  The report, Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance-15 Areas 2005-2008, describes the population of HIV-infected women who gave birth during 2005 to 2008.  The report provides data tables that focus on prenatal care of HIV-infected women, timing of HIV testing of HIV-infected women, ARV therapy, substance use, and number of infants infected with HIV through mother-to-child-transmission.

View the report.

Webinar on the State and Future of HIV/AIDS: June 15

A webinar, "The State and Future of HIV/AIDS," scheduled for June 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET, will feature some of the U.S. Government's leading voices on HIV/AIDS.  Invited speakers include:

  • Mayra Alvarez (HHS Office of Health Reform)
  • Jeffrey Crowley (White House Office of National AIDS Policy)
  • Dr. Anthony S. Fauci (NIH)
  • Dr. Jonathan Mermin (CDC)
  • Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson (HRSA)
  • Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri (HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy)

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Registration is limited and the deadline is June 10.

For more information and to register.

Following the webinar, a podcast and transcript will be made available.

Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: June 8

June 8 marks Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The Caribbean People International Collective, Inc. is the lead organization for this event.

For more information, resources, and events.

For information on other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.

Reminder: Today, May 19, is National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

For more information.

SAMHSA to Fund Integrated Health/HIV Services: Deadline June 13

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting grant applications, from eligible State and local health departments, for up to $40.25 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative-Targeted Capacity Expansion (MAI-TCE) grant program.  These grants will support culturally competent and effective integrated behavioral health and primary care networks, which include HIV services and medical treatment, within racial and ethnic minority communities most impacted by HIV/AIDS.

This grant program supports the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HHS 12 Cities Project.  The HHS-wide project supports and accelerates comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in 12 U.S. jurisdictions that bear the highest AIDS burden in the country.  Twelve (12) designated public health departments working with community partners may receive up to $1.5 million per year for up to 3 years for a total of $13.416 million per year.  Actual amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and the performance of the grantees.

Eligible applicants are the following State and local health departments: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Los Angeles County Public Health Department, District of Columbia Department of Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Florida State Department of Health, City of Philadelphia Public Health Department, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Maryland State Department of Health, Texas State Department of Health Services, and Puerto Rico Department of Health.

The deadline for applications is June 13.

For more information.

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

TARGET Center, Central Source for Ryan White TA  (Not a US Government Web site)

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