HealthHIV Launches HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program

WASHINGTON, DC – October 8, 2013 – HealthHIV announces the launch of its HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program for primary care providers to improve clinical and professional knowledge, skills, and competencies in providing quality care to people living with HIV. HealthHIV’s HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program is for Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioners, and/or Physician assistants who care for patients infected with, or at-risk for, HIV.

The web-based certificate program features five sequential CME (continuing medical education) activities that participants must complete before taking a final exam and receiving their certificate of proficiency in HIV primary care. Participants complete pre- and post-tests as well as each activity’s self-assessment exam, before continuing to the next activity. Clinicians can opt out of testing for the Step 1 activity only. Each activity ranges between .5 and .75 credit hours and is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other activities are sequential in nature and act as a prerequisite to the next activity.

The program activities are:

  • HIV Management in Primary Care
  • Core Skills for HIV Management in the Primary Care Setting
  • Assessment and Treatment Decisions in HIV-HCV Co-infection
  • Considerations in the Management of HIV in Older Adults
  • Improving Communication in the Clinical Setting

HealthHIV’s HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program includes fundamental training and core skills on HIV management in primary care, but goes beyond that to include modules on the management of HIV-HCV co-infections, HIV in older adults, and improving communication — all timely and relevant for HIV primary care delivery,” says Donna Sweet, MD, MACP, Professor, Medicine and Director, Internal Medicine Education, University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita, and HealthHIV Board Vice-Chair.

Activities are based upon HealthHIV’s STEP (Staged Training to Engage Providers) Model. HealthHIV developed the STEP Model for HIV integration in primary care in response to limited existing models of HIV testing and care. The model provides a staged framework (see below) for the integration of HIV care into primary care.

STEP Model 2

“As enrollment in healthcare exchanges begins, it is vital for providers to receive increased HIV primary care training, as more people living with HIV will access care through primary care settings,” said HealthHIV Executive Director Brian Hujdich.

Activities feature content presented in multiple formats including interactive cases/questions, polling, and audio commentary. The program is designed to be expandable to include additional content areas, including hepatitis C (HCV) care.

The HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program supports a national mentoring effort run by HealthHIV to address the HIV workforce shortage—The HIV Workforce Capacity Building Initiative—which pairs HIV experts with providers to increase the capacity of those providing, or interested in providing, quality HIV care. The Workforce Initiative includes mentees who work in HIV clinics, community health centers, and other primary care settings. The initiative is funded through a previously announced unrestricted grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

For details on HealthHIV’s HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program, or more information on the Workforce Initiative, visit www.healthhiv.org or contact Julio Fonseca at workforce@healthhiv.org or 202-507-4723.

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HealthHIV, located in Washington, DC, is one of the largest national organizations advancing HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS by providing education, capacity building, health services research, and advocacy to organizations, communities, and professionals.