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HAB Information E-mail Volume 14, Issue 4, February 24, 2011

HRSA/HAB News

  • Reminder: RSR Reports Due March 28
  • Face of Ryan White: Oral Health and HIV
  • Captain Hilda Douglas Retires: Job Opening for HAB’s Deputy Director, Division of Service Systems
  • Training on Quality and Coaching Basics: March 21-23, Washington
  • NMAC Trainings on Recruitment/Retention into Care for Hard-to-Reach Populations
  • Updated Part C and D Grantee Web Pages on TARGET Center

Other News

  • Information on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
  • NMAC Trainings on Promoting Adherence for Spring/Summer
  • Directory of Black/African American Resources
  • New Guide on Response to HIV by Faith Communities
  • Webcast on Antiretroviral Management: April 6

HRSA/HAB News

Reminder: RSR Reports Due March 28
The March 28 deadline is approaching and almost half of the provider reports—over 1,000 providers—are not yet started.  Ryan White grantees can take the following steps to keep the process moving.

  • Check your providers’ RSR progress in EHB.
  • Contact your providers and discuss the RSR.
  • Identify any challenges faced by providers.
  • Develop ways to help providers meet those challenges.

If necessary, providers should contact their Project Officers and request technical assistance.

Technical assistance is available from the TARGET Center. Exit Disclaimer
A TA brochure is also available. (PDF – 131 KB) Exit Disclaimer

Face of Ryan White: Oral Health and HIV
Dr. Mona Van Kanegan educates dental providers about oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS as dental director of the Midwest AETC.  She works with seven local performance sites to educate clinicians and also works with community health centers to bring services to the underserved.  Learn more about her, including a list of her top training resources, in the winter issue of AETC Network News.  This issue also includes information on the AETC National Multicultural Center (AETC NMC) and the work of the Pacific AETC to facilitate the closing of a community-based clinic and transfer clients to other service providers.

For more information, look under “Oral Health and HIV” on the photo banner of the TARGET Center home page. Exit Disclaimer

Captain Hilda Douglas Retires: Job Opening for HAB’s Deputy Director, Division of Service Systems 
Captain Hilda P. Douglas, Deputy Director of HAB’s Division of Service Systems, is retiring from Federal service after a 30-year career with the US Public Health Service.  DSS is currently recruiting to fill her position.  All applicants must apply via the USAJobs.gov Web site no later than March 4, 2011. The announcement number for this position is HHS-HRSA-DE-11-439216. This position is rated at a GS-0685-15 level.
Go to USAjobs.gov.

Training on Quality and Coaching Basics: March 21-23, Washington
The HRSA/HAB-supported National Quality Center (NQC) will hold a Training on Coaching Basics (TCB) Program in Washington, DC on March 21-23.  The program is designed to close the education gap of quality managers and enlarge the pool of quality improvement coaches nationwide.  The TCB Program provides information on basic concepts in quality management, effective coaching practices, and strategies for assessing improvement.  The rigorous learning experience includes pre-work activities (approximately 5-6 hours) and a 3-day, face-to-face session.

The TCB Program is designed for those individuals who currently work in Ryan White Program-funded grantees, are instrumental in managing existing quality management programs, and are charged in assisting other agencies within their HIV/AIDS network with advancing their quality management programs and quality improvement activities.

The NQC offers this program with no registration fee.

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For additional resources on quality, visit the TARGET Center. Exit Disclaimer

NMAC Trainings on Recruitment/Retention into Care for Hard-to-Reach Populations
The National Minority AIDS Council’s (NMAC) Recruitment and Retention into Care (RRIC) Trainings are regional trainings focused on the recruitment and retention of hard-to-reach populations into care.  Organizations located in health service Region 8 and Region 3 are eligible to attend.  The HRSA/HAB-supported trainings focus on the barriers to and strategies for recruiting and retaining hard-to-reach clients into HIV care.  Populations addressed include multiply-diagnosed individuals (HIV/AIDS, alcohol and other drug addictions, mental health challenges, homelessness), persons living in marginalized and high risk areas, and underserved racial/ethnic minority population.

Denver: May, 11-13 (Application deadline April 11)
Open to Region 8 - Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Philadelphia: June 15-17 (Application deadline May 15)
Open to Region 3 - Delaware, Maryland, Philadelphia, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia

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Visit the TARGET Center for more information on engaging clients in care. Exit Disclaimer

Updated Part C and D Grantee Web Pages on TARGET Center 
The Part C and D Web pages in the Ryan White Community section of the TARGET Center have been updated.  The Part C page lists over 400 Part C grantees and the Part D page list 91 grantees.  Included are links to the Web sites for these grantees.

To access the Grantee Web pages use the drop down menu on the Ryan White Community page. Exit Disclaimer

HRSA/HAB has also developed a Find an HIV/AIDS Medical Care Provider feature on the HAB Web site.  This feature allows users to find Ryan White-funded agencies that provide primary medical care services.
Find a provider.

A similar feature will soon be added to the HIV/AIDS Service Locator on the AIDS.gov Web site, which is a central Federal portal for locating HIV/AIDS services of all types—prevention, housing, testing, and more.
View the Locator.

Other News

Information on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan 
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) makes health insurance available to people who have had a problem getting insurance due to a pre-existing condition.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that HHS establish a temporary high risk health insurance pool program that provides coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions until the Health Insurance Exchanges are available in 2014.  States can either administer their own PCIP or opt for a federally administered PCIP.

PCIPs cover a broad range of health benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs.  The cost of premiums is controlled and eligibility is not based on income.  PCIP eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. citizen or residing in the U.S. legally;
  • Have been uninsured for a minimum of 6 months before applying to PCIP; and
  • Have a pre-existing condition or have been denied coverage because of a health condition.

A consumer-oriented Web site provides more information on PCIPs.

NMAC Trainings on Promoting Adherence for Spring/Summer
The goal of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Treatment Adherence Peer Program (TAPP) group level training is to enable participants to identify and implement multiple components of treatment adherence programs and to develop strategies to enhance treatment adherence behavior.  This training also provides program managers access to tools in order to build the capacity of their organization to sustain the treatment adherence peer programming.

2011 TAPP Training Schedule
Miami: April 20-22 (Application deadline March 31)
New Orleans: July 20-22 (Application deadline June 30)

For more information and an application. Exit Disclaimer

Additional resources on adherence are available from the TARGET Center TA Library. Exit Disclaimer

Directory of Black/African American Resources
This directory, produced by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), is a comprehensive inventory of the resources available to health departments and community providers working with Black/African American communities.  Included are meeting summaries, work groups and listservs, technical assistance resources, issue briefs and other documents, and media tools.
View the Directory.  (PDF – 365.15KB) Exit Disclaimer

New Guide on Response to HIV by Faith Communities 
NASTAD, in collaboration with the HHS Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, The Balm in Gilead, Inc., and the Latino Commission on AIDS, has released a fact sheet for faith communities.  The fact sheet, United in Battling HIV/AIDS: A Guide to Understanding How Faith Communities Can Make a Difference, identifies roles for faith institutions and provide information and resources to initiate, or enhance existing, health and HIV/AIDS activities.
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Reminder: the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS will take place March 6-12.  This is a call to prayer for the eradication of HIV/AIDS through prayer, education, advocacy and service.  It is designed to bring together people of faith to unite with purpose, compassion, and hope to support HIV education, encourage HIV testing, and advocate for care and treatment.
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Webcast on Antiretroviral Management: April 6
The HRSA/HAB-supported NY/NJ AETC will host a national Webcast on antiretroviral management, which will take place April 6, 12:00-2:00 pm ET.  The program will feature information on HIV medications and guidelines and HIV drug interactions.  There will be an opportunity to submit questions by phone or e-mail.  The program is designed for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, and other interested providers.

This program is part of an ongoing Webcast series, Management of HIV/AIDS in the Correctional and Community Setting, which addresses clinical issues in the management of HIV-infected patients. This series is a collaborative venture among Albany Medical College, the New York State Department of Correctional Services and the private pharmaceutical industry.
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In addition to the resources listed above, don’t forget to check out these other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.

TARGET Center, Central Source for Ryan White TA Exit Disclaimer

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