About Us
Vision, Mission and Purpose

Vision

The Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (NW AETC) envisions optimal individual and community health for all.

Mission

The NW AETC delivers innovative education and training programs that build the capacity of communities and health care professionals to promote wellness and decrease health disparities.

Purpose

The purpose of the NW AETC is to increase providers’ capacity to provide high quality HIV/AIDS care within the region’s health care systems. The NW AETC offers a variety of educational opportunities for health care providers and organizations to meet their specific HIV/AIDS education needs through:

  • didactic lectures and seminars
  • interactive workshops
  • case-based presentations
  • clinical preceptorships
  • email, phone, and on-site clinical consultations
  • capacity-building
  • web-based learning modules
  • educational videos
  • technical assistance regarding clinical systems of care

Target Audience

Our target audience includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental professionals, clinical pharmacists, and other members of the health care team. We train providers from Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act-funded agencies, federally-funded community and migrant health centers, tribal health clinics, state and local health departments, correctional settings, and private practice settings serving persons with HIV and AIDS.

Minority Provider / Minority-Serving Projects

As the epidemic disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities in the region, the NW AETC offers Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) programming specifically targeting minority providers, providers serving HIV-infected persons of color, and minority-specific community based organizations.  These funds, provided through the Congressional Black Caucus, are used to increase the  capacity of these organizations to provide HIV/AIDS training and/or to increase their capacity to provide HIV care. In addition, select programs in the NW region receive special funding for American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) training and education activities.

The NW AETC has developed projects in collaboration with several minority organizations in response to this initiative.

Tribal BEAR Project - Salish Kootenai College, MT (SKC) & South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA), WA

Latino/Migrant Farm Worker Training Project - Projecto Cultivar at the New Hope Clinic/Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, WA

African American Training Project - African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) Ministry, WA

Alaska Native Training Project - Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, AK

Other Special Projects

Center for Palliative Care

The Center for Palliative Care Education was developed and funded as a joint HRSA and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) project to improve the quality of care that patients with HIV/AIDS receive during the course of their illness and at the end of life. To accomplish this, the Center developed an educational resource center and training program to build regional AETC capacity to provide training on palliative care issues. The Center has compiled educational materials and curricula on topics in HIV/AIDS palliative care, conducted and analyzed regional and national AETC needs assessments to guide curriculum development activities, designed and pilot tested a multiple module curriculum, and established partnerships with the AETC NRC, the RWJF HIV Palliative Care Workgroup, the RWJF Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care Program, Last Acts, EPERC (End-of-Life Physician Education Resource Center), the Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). All materials developed are available to each regional AETC and to their local performance sites through the Center for Palliative Care Education Web site.

CDC Routine Testing Training Initiative

Funded since 2007 through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), the CDC Routine HIV Testing Training Initiative provides special funding to train healthcare providers on up-to-the-minute HIV testing policies and procedures.  These clinical training and capacity building activities aim to enhance the abilities of providers to better implement current CDC recommendations for routine HIV testing, as well as to provide special training on utilizing new, rapid HIV testing approaches in a  multitude of  healthcare delivery and community-based settings.

National AETC Centers

The NW AETC is part of a network of regional AETCs that serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the 6 US Pacific Jurisdictions. Funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the national AETC network is the professional training arm of the HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act.  In addition to 11 regional AETCs, the network includes four national centers:

  • NCCC - National Clinicians Consultation Center (Warmline, PEPline, and Perinatal Hotlines)
  • NEC –  AETC National Evaluation Center
  • NMAETC –  National Minority AETC
  • NRC – AETC National Resource Center

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