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Volume 11, Issue 26
December 11, 2008
Take Quick Steps to Get Ready for RSR
Don’t wait until January 1 to start taking steps. Begin the process now (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
Web Cast on RSR’s Client Level Data: January 12, 2:00 pm ET
Register now for the final Web cast of a three-part series to learn the basics about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services Reporting (RSR) System and what programs need to do in order to implement the RSR as of January 1, 2009.
The RSR - Are You Ready for CLD III?
January 12, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, ET
This Web cast will cover the operations of collecting and reporting client level data. The timeline of data collection and reporting will be reviewed, so viewers understand when to collect a specific data element, when to create the unique client identifier (UCI), and when to submit the RSRs. It will provide helpful hints on new data sources that may reside in your data systems and explain how you can use these to make data collection easier. The relationship between the new RSR and the RDR and the long-term plans for data collection will be covered.
Register for the Web cast and access other resources on the RSR at:
NQC Training of Trainers: January 12-14, Dallas
A National Quality Center (NQC), Training-of-Trainers (TOT) program will take place January 12-14 in Dallas. The training is designed to build capacity among Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees to conduct quality improvement trainings and enlarge the pool of quality improvement (QI) trainers nationwide. The TOT program provides information on basic concepts in quality management, adult learning theories, and how to structure and facilitate quality training opportunities. The rigorous learning experience includes pre-work activities (approximately 8-10 hours) and a 3-day, face-to-face session.
NQC is not able to pay for lodgings or reimburse for air travel but will consider requests for scholarships depending on need. To apply for a scholarship to the TOT, send a brief request including details about your organization and why you feel the scholarship is necessary to < Kevin@NationalQualityCenter.org >.
If you have any questions about the TOT program, contact Kevin Garrett at 212/417-4730 or < Kevin@NationalQualityCenter.org >.
More information on the training is available (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
To start the application process, complete an online nomination form.
To learn more about the TA on quality from the NQC and other TA opportunities, see the “Sources of TA” (Not a U.S. Government Web Site)page.
Planning Council Primer: Update Online
An updated version of the Ryan White Part A Planning Council Primer is now available online. The primer provides an explanation of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and describes the role of planning councils in making decisions about HIV/AIDS services in their geographic area.
Access other TA materials on planning in the TARGET Center’s TA Library(Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
New Face of Ryan White on TARGET Center: University of Miami’s Dr. Allan Rodriguez
Allan Rodriguez, MD is an associate professor of Clinical Medicine and the associate director of the Adult HIV Services at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is the recipient of the 2008 SPNS Russell E. Brady Award for his work in providing leadership to HIV professionals to create opportunities for specialized health care and support services to a disenfranchised Haitian population. Dr. Rodriguez is recognized at the national and international level for his work with HIV/AIDS and is a compassionate leader and inspiring innovator who is committed to service excellence. Check out his photo story (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
Learn about the other 2008 awardees (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
New in TA Library: Online Course on Patient Communication
“Unified Health Communication 101” is a new online, 5-module course addressing health literacy, cultural competency, and limited English proficiency. This free, online, self-paced course is designed to improve patient communication skills; increase awareness and knowledge of the three main factors that affect communication with patients (health literacy, cultural competency, and low English proficiency); and implement patient-centered communication practices that demonstrate cultural competency and appropriately address patients with limited health literacy and low English proficiency. Course credits are available. The course was developed by HRSA.
See other resources on health literacy in the TARGET Center’s TA Library (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
Updated Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms in English and Spanish
AIDSInfo has updated its “Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms,” which is available in both Spanish and English. This new version has more than 170 new and updated terms, definitions, and abbreviations. There is also an updated section for resources. Check out the glossary.
HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship Program: February 15 Application Deadline
The HIV Medicine Association’s (HIVMA) new Minority Clinical Fellowship Program is designed to provide clinical training and experience to physicians from some of the most affected communities to support their entry into the field of HIV care. The fellowship offers African-American and Latino physicians the opportunity to work with HIVMA mentors at institutions with large minority populations where they will continuously manage patients with HIV/AIDS in inpatient and outpatient settings. The fellowships will provide each recipient with a salary plus benefits for 1 year, as well as financial support for the sponsoring institution and mentor.
The deadline to apply for the two fellowships that begin in July 2009 is February 15, 2009.
Institutions interested in sponsoring an applicant, or individuals interested in obtaining fellowship brochures, ad copy, or additional information about the fellowship should visit the HIVMA website (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
Tutorial Explains HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data in the United States
A new, narrated slide tutorial from the Kaiser Family Foundation defines basic surveillance terms and explains the Federal and states’ role in surveillance of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. The tutorial also features a guide to reading a surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and explains the various data contained in the report (Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
Interviews Feature Experiences of Leaders in the Fight Against HIV
Interviews with leaders over the past 25 years of the HIV epidemic are now featured on HIV InSite. In observance of World AIDS Day earlier this month, HIV InSite interviewed a group of researchers, clinicians, and community advocates regarding their experiences in the early days of the epidemic, the lessons learned during the past 25 years, and their thoughts on efforts to combat HIV in the future. Interviews feature (Not a U.S. Government Web Site): Donald I. Abrams, MD; Susan A. Allen, MD, MPH; Marcus A. Conant, MD; Mike Donnelly; Anthony S. Fauci, MD; Diane V. Havlir, MD; Jay A. Levy, MD; and Paul Volberding, MD.
CDC Reports Dramatic Decline in HIV Transmission Rate
CDC and other researchers have found that the HIV transmission rate has declined dramatically since the early days of the epidemic. These findings are discussed in a new CDC Fact Sheet.
Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. David Holtgrave conducted an analysis designed to measure the annual rate of HIV transmission in the United States. Dr. Holtgrave worked with CDC researchers to apply the latest annual data on new HIV infections in the United States to this analysis. The resulting measure, the transmission rate, represents the annual number of new HIV infections transmitted per 100 persons living with HIV.
The fact sheet discusses the updated estimate of the HIV transmission rate in the United States from 1977 through 2006 and offers an innovative way to measure the success of HIV prevention efforts nationwide. The analysis found that the rate of HIV transmission has declined by 89 percent since the peak of the epidemic and just in this past decade, the transmission rate has declined by 33 percent.
The analysis will be published in an upcoming edition of the “Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. View the fact sheet(Not a U.S. Government Web Site).
In addition to the resources listed above, don’t forget to check out these other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.
TARGET Center (Not a U.S. Government Web Site), Central Source for Ryan White TA
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