Kentucky Project ECHO for HIV/HCV/SUD
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) programs to expand treatment. This model utilizes didactic and case-based learning via weekly video conferences with medical providers, offering ongoing support, consultation and guidance to aid in delivering care to patients with HIV, HCV, and SUD. Join us every Friday at 12:30pm EST for a 90-minute blended session of didactic presentation and case consultation with HIV/HCV/SUD experts.
COVID-19 and HIV
The AETC Program has been a cornerstone of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s HIV/AIDS program for over two decades. The mission of the AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (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. The AETCs work toward this mission by implementing multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Overall, the AETC Program is charged with increasing the capacity of providers and organizations to implement quality care and increase access to care. The AETC Program 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; and
- 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. The AETC Program 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.