Although there have been many advancements in HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and treatment options, there are still disparities in infection rates as well as ongoing inequities in access to care. One way to address these issues is to improve the quality of HIV care services, focusing on populations who continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV due to historic and systemic discrimination, stigma, and lack of resources.
EDC is working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) to develop a series of online trainings for HIV service providers in New York City. These interactive, self-paced, and mobile-responsive trainings address specific, actionable steps and strategies that HIV service organizations and providers can take to improve care for those living with HIV.
The project has conducted the following activities:
- Collaborated with NYC DOHMH staff, people living with HIV, HIV care providers, and community agency and clinic staff to identify training topics and develop content for workforce training
- Created video featuring HIV service providers, including peer providers, discussing what they and their agencies are doing to improve care
- Created interactive, online trainings that address critical issues for improving care, including the implementation of trauma-informed care, cultural humility, and addressing social determinants of health
To date, EDC has developed the following online trainings for HIV service providers in New York City:
- Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Improve HIV Care Introduction to the Value and Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach to HIV Care for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men
- Introduction to the Value and Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach to HIV Care for Black and Latina Cisgender Women
- Introduction to the Value and Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach to HIV Care for Black and Latino Young People
- Enhancing the Health Outcomes of Older Adults with HIV
- Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in HIV Care