Summary: This project provides training and resources to help health care agencies reduce new HIV infections by implementing interventions that are evidence based and supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Opportunity: Approximately 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and that number increases by about 35,000 every year. To meet the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic goal of reducing new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent by 2030, health care agencies need access to highly successful evidence-based interventions and public health strategies to diagnose, treat, and prevent HIV, as well as respond to HIV outbreaks. It is essential that health care agencies receive comprehensive training on these interventions to implement them well and ensure that they are effective at decreasing HIV rates.
Initiative: The National HIV Classroom Learning Center (NHCLC) helps ensure that health care agencies have access to high-quality training and resources that will help them diagnose, treat, and prevent HIV and respond to HIV outbreaks in order to help reduce HIV infections nationally. Our team of experienced trainers provides in-person and virtual trainings to help agencies deliver interventions. As the HIV landscape evolves, the CDC identifies new interventions and strategies to reduce HIV infection. Our instructional designers and content experts design, develop, and package the new and adapted interventions, accompanying training curricula, implementation manuals, training-of-trainer programs, and promotional material. Once materials are developed, our training teams deliver the in-person and/or live virtual training to support agencies with implementation and delivery. NHCLC training topics include HIV testing in nonclinical settings, HIV testing in retail pharmacies, cultural humility, HIV navigation services, serving transgender populations, motivational interviewing, social network strategies, and many others.
Impact: This is a five-year project that started in 2019, and in the first two years we reached more than 2,000 participants, increasing the number of providers and agencies with knowledge and skills to implement CDC-supported, evidence-based interventions and public health strategies. The NHCLC helps improve health care agencies’ understanding of interventions and strategies that need to be in place in order to reduce new HIV infections and meet the federal government’s Ending the HIV Epidemic goals.
Project funder and key partners: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Project contact: requestCDCTraining@caiglobal.org