Continuing Education Scholarships Available for HIV Care Team Members

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Funding to Attend National HIV Conferences to Gain Knowledge and Share Promising Practices with Peers

(New York, NY) – As part of an effort to decrease the estimated 50,000 new HIV infections that occur each year in the U.S.1, CAI’s CBA Center will be awarding four scholarships nationwide to health care team members on the front-lines of High-Impact HIV Prevention (HIP). The scholarships will provide dedicated providers the opportunity to attend national HIV conferences, serving as CBA Center Conference Ambassadors to learn about new evidence-based strategies for HIV treatment and prevention, and share best practices around client-centered care and linkage and retention in care.

“Peer to peer programs like this one promote information sharing among HIV providers across the country with the goal of decreasing new infection rates in the U.S. by 25%,” said Dr. Tony Jimenez, Director of the CAI CBA Center. “The aim of the Conference Ambassador Scholarship Program is to promote the sharing of first-hand knowledge, tactics and best practices in the field of HIV care."

The Scholarship Program is open to all members of the HIV care team, including medical directors, clinicians, nurses, case managers and front desk staff. Selected scholarship recipients will also participate in a CBA Center webinar and share their own experiences related to viral load suppression and be featured in the fall edition of the quarterly CBA Center News Bulletin.

“Every member of the HIV care team has an important role and this scholarship opportunity highlights the significant role each team member plays in patient retention and satisfaction in care,” said Dr. Jimenez.

This scholarship is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Capacity Building Assistance project. Each scholarship will provide an HIV provider with an opportunity to network with national HIV treatment and prevention leaders, serve as a peer to peer advisor, and gain knowledge to help stay up to date on HIV treatment and prevention.

For more information about the CBA project initiative, scholarship eligibility or to complete an application, visit CAI's CBA Center website at www.HIVCBAcenter.org. The application deadline is June 1, 2015.

About CAI: CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For 36 years CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in over 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering over 1,500 training programs annually, CAI’s passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information about CAI, visit our website: www.caiglobal.org.

About the CBA Center: CAI has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve as a Capacity Building Assistance provider to healthcare organizations nationwide. The CBA Center concentrates on strengthening the capacity of the HIV prevention workforce to implement High-Impact HIV Prevention interventions -- scalable, scientifically proven approaches tailored to specific populations -- with a new focus on treatment as a critical component of prevention. Through partnerships with expert healthcare faculty and a national consortium of organizations that have pioneered effective implementation of High Impact Prevention, CAI delivers tailored, evidence-based capacity building services to healthcare organizations and staff in clinical settings across the US. For more information, visit www.HIVCBAcenter.org.


 

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/2012/HIV-Infections-2007-2010.pdf