HRSA: International AIDS Education and Training Center to Improve Health Outcomes of People Living with HIV

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applications for the International AIDS Education and Training Center (IAETC) program with an aim to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLWH) along the HIV treatment cascade by building sustainable health systems, including a global workforce with the right skills, mix, and distribution to respond to HIV and other population health priorities in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and other countries with significant or increasing HIV and other infectious disease incidence rates.

The IAETC program will implement activities globally that are in alignment with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 3.0 and its focus on reaching the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 global treatment targets and, ultimately, PEPFAR’s plan to reach epidemic control of HIV.

Objectives

  • Identify, pilot, evaluate, and scale up new approaches to effective and efficient HIV service delivery through technical assistance, consultation and training;
  • Strengthen evidence-based comprehensive prevention approaches by targeting key populations including adolescent girls and young women;
  • Improve diagnosis, linkage, treatment, retention and viral suppression through training, consultation, and technical assistance.

Priority Areas

  • Engaged leadership;
  • A quality improvement strategy;
  • Empanelment or linking patients with specific providers to ensure the continuity of the patient–provider relationship;
  • Continuous and team-based healing relationships, including cross-training staff to allow team members to play various roles;
  • Organized, evidence-based care, including the use of decision support systems;
  • Patient-centered interactions to increase patients’ involvement in their own care;
  • Enhanced access to ensure patients have access to care and their clinical information after office hours;
  • Care coordination to reduce duplication of services and costs.
  • Use of human resources for health (HRH) data to target interventions and create efficient and sustainable delivery practices that optimize HRH to improve outcomes.
  • Adapting HRSA’s existing domestic and international evidence-based models of HIV care for key populations in clinical settings and mentoring programs.
  • Using HIV surveillance data to identify HIV-diagnosed individuals not in care, link them to care or re-engage patients into HIV services and support the HIV treatment continuum.
  • Efforts to intensify collaboration between Ministries of Health and Education as well as health professions councils/regulatory bodies and their respective contributions to the HRH dialogue.

For information regarding the application procedure and more, please visit this link.