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Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center

Summary 
  • Need: To provide trainings so health professionals can better treat people with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases.
  • Intervention: NAETC provides clinical preceptorships, conferences, technical assistance, webinars, and other services.
  • Results: In fiscal year 2018, NAETC provided over 1,300 hours in 38 trainings for more than 800 healthcare providers throughout Nevada.

Description

The HIV epidemic is predominantly located in urban areas of Nevada. However, due to the national opioid crisis, rural areas are becoming of greater concern for potential HIV outbreaks. For example, according to the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book – Ninth Edition, the counties outside of urban Clark County reported an increase of new HIV cases and an increase in total cases of HIV/AIDS from 2011 to 2016.

The Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center (NAETC) provides education to health professionals and connects them to HIV specialists so that these providers can reduce new cases of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases and better treat those currently living with these conditions.

NAETC logo

NAETC is a local partner of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, which is part of the national AIDS Education and Training Center program (AETC). NAETC is located in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Office of Statewide Initiatives, and the national AETC program is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

PAETC logo and UNR logo

Services offered

NAETC provides:

  • Capacity-building guidance
  • Clinical preceptorships with HIV specialists
  • Conferences
  • Ongoing support for those working with HIV patients
  • Technical assistance
  • Training programs covering various topics
  • Webinars

These educational opportunities are available for:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Other health professionals

Attendees can earn continuing medical education or nursing continuing education credits at some programs.

Results

In fiscal year 2018, NAETC provided over 1,300 hours in 38 trainings for more than 800 healthcare providers throughout Nevada. These trainings range from one-hour sessions to two-day conferences and included a four-year practice transformation project with an HIV clinic in Las Vegas.

Program coordinators are currently working on a statewide HIV needs assessment for the Ending the HIV initiative and will be conducting a few focus groups in rural areas to be included in this work.

Barriers

There are always barriers like stigma in implementing programs around sensitive topics like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases. Program coordinators have found that the more people talk and learn about these issues, the easier it is for people to discuss them.

Replication

Program coordinators frequently work with partners, such as administrators, clinicians, and professional groups, to gain access to various healthcare provider groups. Explaining to groups how your work is related to theirs and collaborating has been a key success for this program.

Contact Information

Jennifer Bennett, PhD, MPH, Director
Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center
775.784.3538
jbennett@med.unr.edu

Topics
Chronic disease management
Health workforce education and training
HIV and AIDS
Infectious diseases

States served
Nevada

Date added
January 15, 2020


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