KY AIDS Education and Training Center (KY AETC) has been a cornerstone of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) HIV/AIDS program for over two decades. The mission of KY AETC is to increase the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat and medically manage people with HIV, and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. KY AETC works toward this mission by implementing multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Overall, KY AETC is charged with increasing the capacity of providers and organizations to implement quality care and increase access to care. KY AETC aligns with the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to:
- Reduce new HIV infections.
- Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people with HIV.
- Reduce HIV-related health disparities.
Health care providers, including HIV specialists and primary care providers, need access to the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that HIV care is consistent with established guidelines and reflects current research. As the treatment of HIV disease is not restricted to any one medical specialty, various health care professionals serve as HIV experts. Ongoing continuing education is required for HIV expertise, regardless of specialty training. KY AETC and its multiple components work together and serve as a comprehensive training and educational resource for health care providers in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. For additional information or assistance, please reach out to us here.
Kentucky Project ECHO for Key Populations
KY AETC is partnering with the Weitzman Group to offer a Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) for HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV), and substance use disorder (SUD) program to expand treatment. The ECHO Model is a proven learning technique using interactive video technology. Weitzman ECHO sessions will connect groups of providers and staff with experts in weekly, 60-minute virtual collaborative sessions. Each session will consist of didactic presentations covering relevant clinical and quality improvement topics, followed by cases and questions from the participants for expert and peer recommendations. Continuing education credits will be available.