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NECA AETC March 2024 Update



NECA AETC March 2024 Update


Welcome to the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education & Training Center's monthly newsletter, bringing you everything you need to know about our work — from webinars and panels to the latest guidelines and more!

This month:

  1. Podcast: NECA in the Know (Episode 132) What is OI Prophylaxis?

  2. Online: Access — A Series on Patient Perspectives on Care Across New Jersey (March 5, 14, 21)

  3. Online: Online: Stigma 2.0 — The ongoing evolution of stigma against people with HIV/AIDs (March 22)

  4. Save the Date: 24th HIV & HCV Clinical Care Symposium (June 5)

  5. Resource: Learn How to Assess, Initiate, and Monitor HIV PrEP in New National HIV PrEP Curriculum

  6. Career Opportunity: Primary Care Doctor for the Division of HIV Medicine (Full-time Faculty Position)

  7. Online: NAHEWD 'Bridging HIV & SUD: Innovations in the Field' Webinar Series

  8. Event: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NNHAAD (March 10)

  9. Resource: NECA AETC Mobile Apps



NECA in the Know: A podcast for healthcare providers in the HIV field


Episode 132: What is OI Prophylaxis?


Description: This week, Marianna sits down with John Faragon to talk about OI Prophylaxis, which stands for Opportunistic Infection Prophylaxis or prevention in HIV.


Join us as we discuss new DHHS guidelines, PJP, and more.Take a peek below and find the full episode on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts.






Online: A Series on Patient Perspectives on Care Across New Jersey (March 5, 14, 21)


Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

  • "Patient Perspectives on Gender Affirming Care"

Speaker: 

  • Cole F. (he/him/his), Healthcare Professional, Middlesex County, NJ

Learning Objectives:

  • Define transgender and gender diversity.

  • Discuss barriers to gender affirming care in New Jersey.

  • Discuss tools and resources to refer gender diverse individuals to the appropriate care.

Registration: Click here to register 

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

  • "Patient Perspectives on HIV Care & Treatment"

Speaker: 

  • Teddy V. (he/him/his), Student musician, Ocean County, NJ

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize trends in HIV diagnoses by age in the UnitedStates.

  • Discuss linkage to care and treatment challenges in Southern New Jersey.

  • Demonstrate the use of HIV services locator tools.

Registration: Click here to register 

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

  • "Patient Perspectives on HIV Prevention Services"

Speaker: 

  • Tyra G. (she/her/hers), LGBTQ+ Advocate, Essex County, NJ

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on pre-exposureprophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection.

  • Discuss disparities and current trends in PrEP prescriptions.

  • Discuss resources to link patients to PrEP services in New Jersey.

Registration: Click here to register 

Acknowledgement:

  • Funding for this presentation was made possible by U1OHA29291 from the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Questions? Contact War Talley by email at wmt22@sn.rutgers.edu



Online: Stigma 2.0 — The ongoing evolution of stigma against people with HIV/AIDs (March 22)

When:

  • Friday, March 22, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Speaker: 

  • Jerel Ezell, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Community Health, Sciences; Director, Center for Cultural Humility, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning andvalue of “social quality of life” for people with HIV/AIDs.

  • Recognize the idea of intersectional stigma in the context of care for people with HIV/AIDs.

  • Identify ways to enhance social and impersonal engagement with people with HIV/AIDs.

Credit: 

  • 1 CME AMA PRA Credit

Albany Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Albany Medical College designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.This 1.0 hour class may be used for CE credits for the NYS Peer Worker Certification Program in HIV, HCV, Harm Reduction and PrEP offered through the NYSDOH.

Acknowledgement:

Funding for this presentation was made possible by U1OHA29291 from the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Registration:

Questions? Contact Catherine Farquharson by email at cf2863@cumc.columbia.edu



Save the Date: 24th HIV & HCV Clinical Care Symposium (June 5)

Agenda and e-brochure with registration information will be available in April

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Details so far: 

  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180

Questions: Contact John Prokop by email at prokopw@amc.edu or by telephone at 518-262-6864.


Sponsored by Albany Medical College's Department of Medicine, Division of HIV Medicine.


Resource: Learn How to Assess, Initiate, and Monitor HIV PrEP in New National HIV PrEP Curriculum

The new National HIV PrEP Curriculum (NHPC) is a free, up-to-date educational website to help health care professionals develop proficiency in the skills needed to assess, initiate, and monitor HIV PrEP. The HIV PrEP Fundamentals and HIV PrEP In-Depth Topics modules have 11 lessons and offer: 14 free CME credits, CNE and CE contact hours, 10 free pharmacology CE for APNs, and Certificates of Completion.Registered learners who successfully complete the five HIV PrEP Fundamentals Module lessons may earn an HIV PrEP Training Certificate. National HIV PrEP experts help health care professionals and administrative staff learn how to provide HIV PrEP via:

  • Clinically-relevant and practical mini-lectures

  • Panel discussions

  • Interviews

NHPC’s concise, illustrated HIV PrEP Clinical Guides address injectable cabotegravir, on-demand dosing, laboratory monitoring, and HIV PrEP studies.


The National HIV PrEP Curriculum offers the custom-built HIV PrEP Tools for Clinicians app to support interactions with patients from initial assessment and medication selection to what labs to order.


The app can be accessed on the website, www.hivprep.uw.edu, or find HIV PrEP Tools on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.


The National HIV PrEP Curriculum is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of a financial assistance award totaling $625,000 from CDC and $300,005 from HRSA with 0% financed with non- governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by CDC, HRSA, or HHS, or the U.S. Government. This project is led by the University of Washington Infectious Diseases Education & Assessment (IDEA) Program.




Career Opportunity: Primary Care Doctor for the Division of HIV Medicine (Full-time Faculty Position)

Location:

  • Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

The Division of HIV Medicine is seeking a full-time outpatient physician to join a dynamic team providing primary care to people with HIV or at risk for HIV in a multidisciplinary, academic, hospital-based clinic.Position requirements and benefits:

  • Board certified or eligible MD/DO in internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics or family medicine with New York State license and valid DEA.

  • Provide outpatient primary care, HIV treatment and prevention, sexual healthcare, LGBTQ+ care, and genderaffirming care to a diverse community of patients.

  • Provide continuity chronic care management as well as acute or urgent medical visits.

  • Order, interpret and evaluate diagnostic tests and coordinate work with nurses, case managers, pharmacists, and other health care providers.

  • Record work-up activities, diagnostic findings, medical plans, and treatment follow-up.

  • 32 hours of clinic time per week from Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with one day of late clinic until 6 p.m.

  • Rotating at-home phone call coverage on evenings and weekends. No weekend clinics or inpatient coverage.

  • Additional clinic services available include mental health and substance use counseling, nutrition services, gynecological services, and medical case management.

  • Non-clinical opportunities include ongoing professional training, multidisciplinary case reviews, quality improvement initiatives, and teaching medical students, residents or visiting physicians.

  • AAHIVM certification or experience providing direct care to at least 25 people with HIV within the last three years preferred, but not required.

  • Highly competitive salary.

  • Rich benefits package including malpractice coverage, retirement plan, and loan repayment eligibility.

  • Salary commensurate with level of academic appointment.

The Albany Med Health System is the largest and only regionally governed not-for-profit health system serving northeastern New York and western New England. It consists of Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital, Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, and the Visiting Nurses.


Albany Medical Center is the region’s only academic medical center and one of upstate New York’s largest teaching hospitals. The Capital Region offers great opportunities for professionals and families.


Please send cover letter and CV to:


Alexandra Abrams-Downey, MD

Chief of HIV Medicine

518-262-4043


Albany Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Upcoming sessions — NAHEWD 'Bridging HIV & SUD: Innovations in the Field Webinar Series

 

The following are upcoming sessions in NAHEWD's Bridging HIV & SUD: Innovations in the Field webinar series:


Presented by Paisley Williams, MPH, and Morgan Brinker, BS, CPT, this webinar will examine a local FQHC’s approach to addressing the syndemic – a group of related epidemics – of HIV, HCV, reproductive health, sexual health (STIs), and mental health (including SUD). Solutions include accessible testing, outreach, PrEP support, and harm reduction programming. Register for this session here.

Presented by Raagini Jawa, MD, MPH, FASAM, and Justin Alves, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, ACRN, CARN, CNE, this training will review the growing effect of xylazine contamination of the drug supply for people who use drugs. Epidemiological and geographic trends in xylazine exposure and consumption will be reviewed. Signs, symptoms, and effects of xylazine exposure will be reviewed and provide helpful insights for HIV care teams on how to identify people who are affected by xylazine and how to adjust services to meet the needs of people using drugs and living with HIV.




Event: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NNHAAD  (March 10)

2024 Theme: Prevention and Testing at Every Age. Care and Treatment at Every Stage.

Description: The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leads National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD).

In the United States, about 23% of people living with HIV are womenExit Disclaimer and, in 2021, women made up 19 percent of new diagnoses. The highest number of new diagnoses were among women ages 25 to 34.Exit Disclaimer Advances in testing, treatment, and prevention have resulted in progress towards the nation’s goal to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

The theme for NWGHAAD 2024 is: Prevention and Testing at Every Age. Care and Treatment at Every Stage. OWH continues this theme to reemphasize the need to further prevention efforts and ensure equity in HIV care and treatment. It also reinforces the first 3 goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), that focus on the prevention of new HIV infections, improving HIV-related health outcomes of people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related disparities. NWGHAAD focuses efforts on three of the target populations outlined in the NHAS; Black women, transgender women, and youth aged 13-24 years.


Are You Using NECA AETC Mobile Apps?

Developed with funding from the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center Program, these four mobile apps are designed for practicing clinicians to provide information on HIV medications and drug interactions with commonly co-prescribed primary care medications and HIV-HIV combinations.Four tabs at the bottom of each app include:

  • HIV-Primary Care Interactions

  • HIV-HIV Interactions

  • Drug Metabolism

  • Common Web Resources.

The Common Web Resources tab contains links to external websites and phone numbers for information and national warmlines that provide clinical support with HIV care, substance use, Hepatitis C, and COVID‐19.


Download links for Android and iPhone versions of these apps can be found the NECA AETC Mobile Apps page.




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