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HAB Information E-mail: Volume 14, Issue 6, March 24, 2011

HRSA/HAB News

  • National HIV Training/Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement: Applications Due April 18
  • HAB’s Technical Assistance Contract: Request TA, Become a Consultant
  • Face of Ryan White: Recognizing Ryan White Program Leaders
  • NQC Quality Awards: Nominations Due June 3

Other News

  • Updated CDC Fact Sheet: Occupational HIV Transmission among Health Care Workers
  • Reference Guide on Insomnia Screening/Treatment for HIV Primary Care Clinicians
  • Call for Abstracts: North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit
  • Kaiser Updates Fact Sheets on Impact of HIV/AIDS

HRSA/HAB News

National HIV Training/Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement: Applications Due April 18
The purpose of this National HIV Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement initiative is to fund a group of organizations to undertake a series of activities to provide support to grantees, providers, and consumers served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.  These activities will support several priority areas intended to enhance access to and quality of HIV clinical care and support services for underserved persons with HIV disease.  The priority areas include:

  • AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP);
  • Data and reporting;
  • Fiscal management;
  • HIV/AIDS medical homes; and
  • Technical Assistance Resources, Guidance, Education, and Training (TARGET) Center.

While the ADAP component focuses almost exclusively on Part B, the other four areas apply to all Ryan White Part programs.  These priority areas were also considered in the context of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Affordable Care Act.

Applications are due April 18.
For more information and to access the RFP.

HAB’s Technical Assistance Contract: Request TA, Become a Consultant
Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. (MSCG) is the current HAB technical assistance (TA) contractor.  This contract provides TA to grantees, planning bodies, and service providers funded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, as well as HAB staff so that they can build skills to provide direct TA, in order to improve the performance of programs.  Training and TA is provided through a variety of strategic approaches and dissemination strategies including individualized and on-site peer and expert consultation, reverse site visits/preceptorships, ongoing consultative support and relationships, national and/or regional meetings, consultative meetings and conferences, conference calls and Webcasts, development of products and training curricula in hard copy or Web-based format, e-mail list serves, and other means of regular communications and information dissemination.

To request TA and training please contact your HRSA/HAB Project Officer.  To become a consultant/content expert contact George Ersek, MSCG Project Director, via e-mail.

Face of Ryan White: Recognizing Ryan White Program Leaders
Jane Caruso, winner of the 2010 Ryan White Part D Rebecca Denison Award, was recognized by her colleagues in a Web page on the State of New Jersey Web site.  Jane has been with the State for 30 years and is currently Ryan White Part D Project Director for the state's Family Centered HIV Care Network.

For more information, look under “Recognizing Leaders” on the photo banner of the TARGET Center home page. Exit Disclaimer

NQC Quality Awards: Nominations Due June 3
Each year the National Quality Center (NQC) recognizes organizations and individuals that have made meaningful achievements in quality management.  NQC, which is supported by HRSA/HAB, created the Quality of Care Award Program to recognize Ryan White Program grantees, organizations, and individuals across all Parts that have demonstrated outstanding progress in improving the quality of HIV care.  Awards are made in the following categories:

  • Performance measurement;
  • Quality improvement activities;
  • Quality management infrastructure development;
  • Leadership in quality; and
  • Consumer Involvement in quality improvement.

Nominations are due June 3.

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

Other News

Updated CDC Fact Sheet: Occupational HIV Transmission among Health Care Workers
CDC has updated its fact sheet on occupational HIV transmission and prevention among health care workers.  The fact sheet discusses prevention strategies and how organizations can improve their prevention programs for employees.
Fact sheet in English.
Fact sheet in Spanish.

Reference Guide on Insomnia Screening/Treatment for HIV Primary Care Clinicians
A quick reference card for Insomnia Screening and Treatment in HIV-infected Patients is now available.  The reference card is designed to help raise clinical awareness for assessment and identification of insomnia in HIV-infected patients due to the potentially negative effects of insomnia on health, including HIV disease progression.  The card was produced by the Office of the Medical Director, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and developed by the Institute’s Mental Health Committee, chaired by Milton Wainberg, MD.
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Call for Abstracts: North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit 
The 2011 North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit will be held September 21-23 in New Orleans.  The Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit series is an interdisciplinary, interactive forum for the presentation of research findings on the relationship of housing status and HIV prevention and care, coupled with dialogue on public policy implications and strategies among researchers, policy makers, and providers and consumers of HIV housing and services.

The theme of Summit is Eliminating HIV Health Disparities, and the Summit will focus on the potential of housing strategies to address inequities in HIV health outcomes and to prevent new infections.  The Summit is convened by the U.S. National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), working in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Abstracts presenting the results of scientific research, economic analyses, program evaluations, community-based interventions, and public policy strategies that reflect this theme are due by April 15.
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Kaiser Updates Fact Sheets on Impact of HIV/AIDS
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated a number of its key resources on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.  The fact sheets provide the latest national statistics, key trends and data on the impact of HIV across the country, as well as separate fact sheets examining the epidemic’s impact on African American, Latinos, and women.
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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.

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