The UCLA/Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) provides direct educational services to a broad range of health care providers in southern California, and has developed video, teletraining and Internet training modules used throughout the world. Our program supports primary care professionals (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists and pharmacists) in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients. Our mission is to expand the number of trained primary care professionals working with HIV-infected patients in the community.
Training programs and educational approaches are designated by level, according to the experience, knowledge and needs of trainees.
Level I: Building basic knowledge and skills by providing updates on HIV-infection and AIDS.
Level II: Developing specific skills related to HIV prevention and care, presented through interactive workshops, seminars, and brief clinical experiences.
Level III: Increasing clinical competence in assessing and managing patients with HIV infection through intensive clinical rotations and preceptorships.
Level IV: Providing clinical consultations designed to improve clinician problem-solving skills and impart up-to-date knowledge on all aspects of managing clinical care.
Level V: Providing technical assistance to HIV clinics that improve the quality of care and build clinic capacity.
In addition to tailored local services, the AIDS Education and Training Centers network offers a national HIV/AIDS clinician "Warmline" consultation service for physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals (800-933-3413), a 24-hour hotline (888-448-4911) for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) as well as a National Perinatal HIV Consultation and Referral Service (800-448-8765).
Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)
The UCLA PAETC's Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) project is a 3 year workforce development and evaluation project designed to add to the number of Spanish-speaking physicians better able to prevent, test for, and treat HIV disease. This project addresses the National HIV/AIDS Strategy primary goals of:
1) Reducing new HIV infections; 2) Increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV and 3) Reducing HIV-related health disparities by a) Strengthening the current provider workforce to improve quality of HIV care and health outcomes for people living with HIV; and b) Increasing the number of available providers of HIV care.
Coping With Hope
The UCLA PAETC co-sponsors an annual one day symposium for HIV mental health providers and nurses called Coping with Hope. The May 17, 2012 theme is Health Care Reform, HIV and Mental Health.
Tough Decisions Made Easier
The UCLA PAETC co-sponsors an annual one day continuing education symposium for HIV clinicians working with heavily-treated patients entitled Tough Decisions Made Easier. The 2012 event will be held October 26th, 2012.
United States/Mexico Border Project
For over a decade, the UCLA PAETC has developed inter-agency trainings of American HIV clinicians along the United States/Mexico border (61 miles or 100 kilometers above Mexico). The UCLA PAETC collaborates with three regional AETCs serving the border as well as the U.S. Federal training centers for HIV/STD prevention, TB, family planning and substance abuse in a working group that coordinates border trainings in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas (UMBAST-the United States/Mexico Border AETC Steering Team.) The UCLA PAETC conducts several HIV trainings each year along the border in both Arizona and California and conducts national webinars for providers serving HIV-infected patients in United States/Mexico border communities, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (U.S. ICE) clinicians.
The UCLA PAETC continuously develops new training modules, conducts ongoing training research, and works with other organizations in the Southern California area to support and co-sponsor HIV education and training programs for professionals. For more information, contact Tom Donohoe, UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at (310) 794-8276 or [email protected].
UCLA PAETC training programs are funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).