AETC in Oregon
Upcoming Trainings in Oregon
The Research + Education Group in Portland is the NW AETC's Oregon State Office. Founded in 1982 as the Oregon AIDS Task Force, The Research + Education Group is the largest community-based HIV research program in the Pacific Northwest. Its consortium of 30 participating physician investigators and mid-level practitioners in Oregon and Southwest Washington provide primary care to over 2900 HIV patients at 13 clinical sites in the Portland area. The Research + Education Group's physicians care for over 80% of patients currently receiving HIV medical care in Oregon. The Research + Education Group is closely affiliated with the Multnomah County Department of Health's HIV Health Services Center (HHSC) in Portland, a NW AETC subcontractor and the largest Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Part C clinic in Oregon.
The HIV Health Services Center provides team-based care and support services to over 950 highly vulnerable persons living with HIV each year. HHSC provides comprehensive, specialized medical care that addresses the chronic, complex needs of low income and uninsured persons living with HIV from early diagnosis to advanced illness (AIDS). Services include outpatient medical care (including on-site Hep C treatment and high resolution anoscopy), mental health and substance abuse counseling, case management, health education, HIV prevention and risk reduction support, and treatment adherence counseling. HHSC offers on-site chronic disease self management workshops and peer mentoring. Because of the infectious nature of HIV and public health mandates, the clinic integrates HIV prevention messages into all aspects of service delivery. The clinic is supported by an active Client Advisory Board and a well established network of HIV social services providers. In addition, HHSC offers preceptorships to doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists.
Tribal BEAR Project
The Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center's Tribal BEAR (Building Effective AIDS Response) Project provides tribal clinics with state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS care and treatment training.
The Tribal BEAR Project operates in Montana and Idaho through the Salish Kootenai College (SKC) of the Flathead, and in Washington State and Oregon through the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA). The primary purpose of the BEAR Project is to build the capacity of tribal health clinics, IHS and/or regional care facilities to respond to Native persons living with HIV and AIDS, in their communities. The Tribal BEAR program brings together physicians, nurses, traditional healers, pharmacists, case managers, mental health and chemical dependency counselors, dentists and nutritionists to participate in trainings and preceptorships on HIV care and treatment, so that local providers can offer comprehensive health care to American Indians living with HIV/AIDS.
The Tribal BEAR Project also works to link key resources, both on and off the reservation. By building bridges between tribal and non-tribal agencies, American Indians living with HIV/AIDS will have the freedom to make choices that best meet their individual health care needs.
Tribal BEAR Project Contacts in Oregon
South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
3104 SE Old Olympic Highway
Shelton, WA 98584
From 1981 through 2011, 9,028 HIV cases were reported in Oregon, with 5,384 living with HIV/AIDS in the state. Men are much more likely to be infected than women – from 2007 to 2011, diagnosis rates in Oregon were 7 times higher among men than women. In recent years, new diagnosis rates have risen among people aged 20-24 years and among people of color. From 2007-2011, diagnosis rates were 3.5 times as high among blacks/African Americans and 1.9 times as high among Hispanics compared to whites.
The majority of HIV & AIDS cases have been reported in Multnomah County, which is home to 19% of the state’s population but accounts for 55% of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state. People living in the Portland metropolitan area were more likely to be male and MSM than people living with HIV/AIDS in the rest of the state. Ten counties reported 50 or more people living with HIV infection at the end of 2011 (Multnomah, Clackamas, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Marion, and Washington).
For more information, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services HIV/STD/TB Programs.