Registration Open for Ryan White Clinical Conference: June 27-29, Tampa
Registration is now 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. 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.
Now Available: 2011 Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care
HRSA/HAB has just released the Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, an updated resource for clinicians to use in delivering HIV/AIDS care. 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. The Guide complements Federal HIV/AIDS guidelines through presentation of information on best practices in clinical management of HIV/AIDS disease.
The Guide was developed under contract by the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), National Resource Center, located at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, working with a panel of experts including leading HIV/AIDS clinicians from HRSA/HAB and the AETC network. It was first published in 1993 and updated in 2006, with the 2011 version featuring new chapters on clinic management, quality improvement, HIV care in correctional settings, and other topics.
The Guide can be ordered from the HRSA Information Center at 888.ASK.HRSA or by ordering online.
The Web-based version will be posted on the HRSA/HAB Web site in the coming weeks.
HRSA is also working on additional HIV/AIDS clinical tools including the updating of protocols on women’s care and the recently released new protocol, A Guide for Evaluation and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Adults Coinfected with HIV
View the guide. (PDF – 209 KB)
Access other clinical care TA resources at the TARGET Center.
Update on SPNS Women of Color Initiative
The latest issue of What’s Going on @ SPNS focuses on the Enhancing Access to and Retention in Quality HIV/AIDS Care for Women of Color Initiative, a multisite demonstration and evaluation of HIV service delivery interventions. The initiative funds 11 demonstration sites for up to 5 years to design, implement, and evaluate innovative methods of HIV care delivery to women of color. Interventions include community-based outreach, patient education, intensive case management, and patient navigation strategies that promote access to and retention in care. This issue describes the early lessons from the 11 demonstration sites. It also highlights three sites—the Medical College of Georgia HIV Clinic (Augusta, Georgia), the CORE Center (Chicago, Illinois), and Community AIDS Resource Inc. (Miami, Florida).
Read more. (PDF – 202KB)
For other TA resources related to women visit the TARGET Center Library.
TARGET Center Feature: HIV Testing to Link Unaware into Care
In 2007, HRSA/HAB created new technical assistance services to expand HIV testing and counseling in medical care settings, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Training activities are being carried out by the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs), the clinician-training arm of Ryan White. A new TARGET Center feature article provides information about these TA activities and provides insights about work in the field to increase HIV testing to help more infected individuals engage in care.
Check out this TARGET Center Feature Article.
For other TA resources on HIV testing visit the TARGET Center Library.
Technical Assistance on Transitioning Youth and Recruitment/Retention of HIV+ Women
Ryan White grantees can now receive free, on-site, tailored technical assistance on either of the following two topics:
The technical assistance is part of the HRSA/HAB-supported National Consumer-Provider Partnership Project, which is conducted by Cicatelli Associates Inc.
For the Transitioning HIV+ Youth from Adolescent to Adult Services Program, the on-site, tailored technical assistance will assist grantees with implementing effective and innovative strategies for building HIV+ young adult consumers to serve as mentors who can help other HIV+ youth successfully transition to adult health care. It will also focus on enhancing the consumer-provider partnerships to help manage the transition and contribute to the provision of comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally competent HIV care.
For the Recruitment and Retention of HIV+ Women into Services Program, the on-site, tailored technical assistance will help provide HIV health care agencies with a framework for developing partnerships between their staff and HIV+ women consumers. This is designed to help improve their reach, recruitment, and retention of other HIV+ women who are not in care. Agencies will learn how to establish and utilize effective consumer-provider partnerships to address the challenges of engaging and retaining hard-to-reach vulnerable women in care.
This technical assistance opportunity is primarily available to Ryan White-Funded Part D grantees. Part A, B, and C Ryan White-funded grantees are also eligible to apply.
New Document on HIV Screening in Health Care Settings: Models and Tools Provided
The CDC has released a new document that addresses routine HIV testing in health care settings. The document, Implementation of Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings: Issues for Community Health Centers, is based on a 1-year pilot initiative in six community health centers (19 delivery sites) to integrate HIV screening into routine primary care visits. The pilot, which was conducted by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC) and was assisted by staff from HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau and Bureau of Primary Health Care, was launched within months of CDC’s 2006 revised recommendationson HIV screening in health care settings and has resulted in a model, tools, and resources that health centers can use to rapidly launch routine HIV screening.
View this document. (PDF – 645KB)
2009 Grantee Allocation and Expenditure Data
Now available on the HAB Web site is allocation and expenditure data for 2009 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program spending. Information is provided on how the Ryan White Program funds are spent across all programs, with the majority (66%) of the funding going toward medications (ADAP and discretionary medications) and primary medical care.
View the data.
NQC Quality Awards: Nominations Due June 3
Each year the National Quality Center (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:
HAB’s Technical Assistance Contract: Request TA, Become a Consultant
Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc (MSCG) is the current 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.
HHS Announces Plan to Reduce Health Disparities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released two strategic plans aimed at reducing health disparities. The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Goals of the HHS Action Plan include transforming health care and expanding access, building on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act related to expanded insurance coverage, and increased access to care. The plan also calls for more opportunities to increase the number of students from populations underrepresented in the health professions, train more people in medical interpretation to help serve patients with a limited command of English, and train community workers to help people navigate the system. In addition, the plan calls for HHS to set data standards and upgrade collection and analysis of data on race, ethnicity, primary language, and other demographic categories in line with new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
HHS also released the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved groups reach their full health potential. The strategy, a product of the National Partnership for Action (NPA), incorporates ideas, suggestions, and comments from thousands of individuals and organizations across the country. The NPA was coordinated by the HHS Office of Minority Health. Local groups can use the National Stakeholder Strategy to identify which goals are most important for their communities and adopt the most effective strategies and action steps to help reach them.
The HHS Office of Minority Health is launching new Web pages to provide information and tools for organizations and individuals working to reduce health care disparities.
For more information.
CDC Launches Online Community to Recognize 30 Years of HIV/AIDS
CDC has launched an online community designed to recognized efforts over the past 30 years in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The online forum is designed to recognize the accomplishments in the past 30 years and to honor all those who have died from the disease. Participants can begin by sharing their personal “HIV Story,” by selecting a few pictures that reflect their milestones throughout their HIV history, or sharing a personal video about their experiences. Participants can also have conversations with people in their community through open discussion forums.
Learn more and join the community.
NASTAD Report Addresses HIV/AIDS among Latino Gay Men
Then National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has released a report that summarizes the findings of a qualitative study in 12 jurisdictions that investigated responses of health departments and community-based organizations to the HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino gay men in the U.S. The report seeks to identify key themes to assist and inform effective Federal, state and local public health responses to HIV/STDs in this population. The report is also available in Spanish.
Access the reports.
CMS Launches New Journal Focused on Health Care Coverage
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Research, Development, and Information, is launching a new journal, Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR). The journal is designed to be an authoritative medium for disseminating high-quality and relevant research to a wide audience of Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance stakeholders. MMRR is a peer-reviewed, online journal reporting data and research that informs current and future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance programs. The journal seeks to examine and evaluate health care coverage, quality and access to care for beneficiaries, and payment for health services. Editors of the MMRR are encouraging relevant research communities, professional societies, and related organizations to submit articles for consideration.
For more information on MMRR.
CDC to Fund National Coalition to Enhance STD/HIV Prevention: Deadline May 31
CDC has released an RFP to fund a cooperative agreement for a National Coalition to Enhance STD/HIV Prevention through Promotion of a Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness. CDC will provide support to initiate a coalition of national partners to advance a more holistic and comprehensive approach to STD/HIV prevention in the United States. Priorities for the Coalition are two-fold and include both a focus on the general population as well as on two priority subpopulations: adolescents/young adults and MSM. This effort will include developing a framework and strategies to support relevant national multisectoral leadership and to promote effective actions in multiple areas of focus, including but not limited to: health care providers and promoting collaboration and holistic approaches with health care and delivery systems; communication, health education, and marketing professionals and promoting attitudinal, knowledge, behavioral and social change and norms to enhance STD/HIV prevention and foster improved sexual health; policy professionals and promoting effective policy actions; and educational professionals and promoting medically-accurate and evidence-based education and school policies to enhance STD/HIV prevention by advancing public health approaches to improve sexual health.
For more information on this solicitation.
CDC to Fund Implementation/Evaluation of Prevention with Positives Intervention at HIV Clinics: Deadline July 6
The CDC is requesting proposals for an initiative entitled “Implementation and Evaluation of a Comprehensive Prevention with Positives Intervention at HIV Clinics.” The objective of this contract is 1) to obtain a plan for integrating a comprehensive HIV prevention intervention into an HIV clinic; 2) to obtain a study operations manual, local IRB approval, and results of pilot testing; and 3) implement and oversee the HIV prevention intervention at the HIV clinic, collect data that will be used to evaluate the intervention, conduct quality control activities, and transmit the data to CDC. The contractor will also conduct a survey/interview study involving a sample of patients and their primary sex partners (dyads) to examine behavioral, attitudinal, and interpersonal variables that may influence prevention activities within primary relationships. The intervention components will be developed by CDC and the National Institute of Mental Health.
The contractor’s HIV clinic must currently serve at least 900 unduplicated HIV+ patients who have attended the clinic for HIV primary medical care in the most current 12-month period preceding submission of the award. The minimum acceptable count of 900 unduplicated HIV+ primary care patients must all be served by a single, physical clinic location (satellite and part-time remote clinics must not be included in the count).
The deadline for proposals is July 6.
For more information and the solicitation.
National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: May 19
May 19 marks National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Banyan Tree is the lead organization for this event.
For more information, resources, and events.
For information on other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
In addition to the resources listed above, don’t forget to check out these other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.
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