Since 1988, CAI had been a Regional Partner for the Ryan White CARE Act’s AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) under the Northeast Caribbean (NECA) AETC program coordinated by the HIV Center at Columbia University.
The National AETC program supported 8 regional centers that provided education, training, consultation, and clinical decision support to health care providers, allied health professionals, and healthcare support staff who care for persons living with HIV (PLWH) or at high risk for HIV. The program targeted providers serving minority populations, the homeless, rural communities, incarcerated persons, and Ryan White CARE Act-funded sites as well as primary health centers.
As a Regional Partner for the NECA AETC, CAI worked with its training sites to design tailored programs to fit the individual organization’s needs and the needs of the geographic area it serves.
The goals of the AETCs were in alignment with the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), HIV Care Continuum Initiative, the Affordable Care Act, and the Minority AIDS Initiative, including:
- Increase the size and strengthen the skills of the current and novice HIV clinical workforce in the United States;
- Improve outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum, including diagnosis, linkage, retention, and viral suppression, in alignment with the NHAS, through training and technical assistance; and
- Reduce HIV incidence by improving the achievement and maintenance of viral load suppression of PLWH.