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Optimizing Entry Into and Retention in HIV Care and ART Adherence for PLWHA
Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)
The purpose of this training program is to address the need for peer educators to actively engage with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in enhancing entry into HIV care, promoting antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, and facilitating long-term retention in HIV care. The curriculum consists of an intensive one-day course that is based on recently published global guidelines outlining evidence-based interventions to improve entry into and retention in HIV care, as well as ART adherence for PLWHA.
Peer educators are already engaged with PLWHA in many communities. This training program aims to hone their knowledge and skills in HIV care, as well as provide them with the tools necessary to assist PLWHA in navigating the complexities of HIV care in the extended role of patient navigator. The training program’s format will be a combination of didactic sessions and interactive group exercises, including case studies to translate knowledge gained into courses of action driven by the guidelines.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of this train-the-trainer activity is to train and certify peer educators on evidence-based interventions to assist PLWHA to optimally adhere to ART and remain engaged in HIV care in a variety of clinical settings. Once participants complete the activity, they will receive Certificates of Completion, and will be encouraged to train other peer educators.
At the conclusion of the activity, participants will be able to:
- Define barriers that prevent optimal engagement in HIV care;
- Outline strategies to improve timely linkage to and retention in care as an effective means of assuring successful ART initiation and optimal adherence;
- Integrate evidence-based education and counseling interventions that will help PLWHA engage in HIV care and achieve HIV treatment success; and
- Understand the challenges faced by special populations and evidence-based interventions to provide patient-centered care in a variety of settings.
*This training event is sponsored by AVAC, the Bay Area Black Treatment Advocates Network, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, Merck, and the National Minority AIDS Council.
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.
When & Where
Imani Community Church and Sexual Health Education Resources & Outreach (SHERO)
Minister Rob Newells (Imani Community Church) and Nichole Little (SHERO) both grew up in East Oakland, California, and attended Castlemont High School in the same graduating class. Twenty-five years later, their community service paths crossed in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment advocacy and education.
Since 2009, Minister Rob and Nichole have collaborated, both individually and collectively, with the Black AIDS Institute, AVAC's PxROAR (Prevention Research Outreach Advocacy & Representation) program, the National Minority AIDS Council, Get Screened Oakland, and various faith-based and fraternal organizations to increase awareness about current developments in HIV prevention in the Bay Area.