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The HIV/AIDS Program: Ryan White Parts A - F


Part F - Education and Training Centers

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On this page... AETC Provider Training Network...
   Background    AETC National Resource Center
   Provider Training    National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Ctr.
   About the National Centers     Warmline - 800-933-3413
   Regional AETCs     PEPline - 888-448-4911
   Funding     Perinatal Hotline - 888-448-8765
         National Minority AETC
AETC Publications...    National AETC Evaluation Center
   Download AETC publications (government- and grantee-produced) from the AETC National Resource Center. Exit Disclaimer    International Training and Education Center on HIV

The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program supports a network of 11 regional centers (and more than 130 local associated sites) that conduct targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating people living with HIV/AIDS. The AETCs serve all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the 6 U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. The AETC Program increases the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage people with HIV disease, and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission.

Provider Training
Training is targeted to providers who serve minority populations, the homeless, rural communities, incarcerated persons, and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program–funded sites. AETCs focus on training primary health care clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists); training activities are based on assessed local needs. Emphasis is placed on interactive, hands-on training and clinical consultation to assist providers with complex issues, including those related to the management of highly active antiretroviral therapy. AETCs collaborate with other Ryan White–funded organizations, Area Health Education Centers, community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, and medical and health professional organizations. During the 2006–2007 grant year, more than 128,000 participants attended AETC training events. Clinicians trained by AETCs have been shown to be more competent with regard to HIV issues and more willing than other primary care providers to treat people with HIV disease.
AETC Trainees by Most Common Profession, FY 2006
About the National Centers

Several national, cross-cutting AETC components support and complement the regional training centers, as follows:

  • The AETC National Resource Center Exit Disclaimer is a Web-based HIV/AIDS training resource that supports the training needs of the regional AETCs through coordination of HIV/AIDS training materials, rapid dissemination of late-breaking advances in treatment and changes to treatment guidelines, and critical review of patient education materials.
  • The National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center Exit Disclaimer gives health care providers a national resource for timely and appropriate responses to clinical questions related to treatment of people with HIV disease (“WARMLINE”: 800-933-3413, 8 AM–8PM EST M-F), possible health care worker exposure to HIV and other blood-borne pathogens (PEPline: 888-448-4911, 24/7), and issues specifically addressing pregnant women and their babies (Perinatal Hotline: 888-448-8765, 24/7).
  • The National Minority AETC Exit Disclaimer offers clinical consultation and support to minority care providers, builds networks among them, and expands educational resources to increase the number of minority clinicians providing quality care to people who are HIV positive.
  • The AETC National Evaluation Center Exit Disclaimer is responsible for program evaluation activities, including assessing the effectiveness of the AETCs’ education, training, and consultation activities and outcomes on provider behavior and practice.

HRSA/HAB also supports the International Training and Education Center on HIV Exit Disclaimer. I-TECH promotes activities that increase human capacity for providing HIV/AIDS care and support in countries and regions hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.

Listing of Regional Centers

See a map-based listing of the regional AETCs

The FY 2008 appropriation for the AETC program is $34.1 million.