HIV/AIDS is a reality in the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the country; to be able to deal with this epidemic effectively it is important to increase knowledge and decrease the stigma related with this disease. It is also critical that the messages and outreach utilize every medium possible for raising awareness. The IHS National HIV/AIDS Program is excited to provide and release this new format for learning about HIV/AIDS in American Indian/Alaska Natives online and extending the reach of our message far and wide.
The HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules are a collaboration between the National HIV/AIDS Program, community members and even Traditionalists (Native healers) from across the U.S. They represent many Tribes; however present a consistent message about HIV, HIV prevention, HIV testing, and stigma reduction. This online training increases accessibility and convenience for our providers and consumers. It also represents transparency in the program to illuminate the messages from the community in partnership with the IHS.
The HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules are aimed at increasing the awareness, knowledge, and skills of providers, AI/AN people living with HIV/AIDS, and community members interested in learning about this infection. The online training modules are comprised of two section:
- One section is intended for providers who work with AI/AN with HIV/AIDS and AI/AN persons at risk for HIV infection and designed to provide practical knowledge and skills that can assist providers in the care of their patients
- The other section is intended for AI/AN people living with HIV/AIDS and community members and designed to provide basic understanding of HIV infection, testing, treatments, and what it means living with HIV
This model was developed at the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. This is a cultural competency model for use in clinical practice. Model is based on the mnemonic "BE SAFE": Barriers, Ethics, Sensitivity of the Provider, Assessment, Facts, and Encounters. The BE SAFE Model helps health care providers become comfortable in treating and improving the health outcomes of AI/AN/NH. This program supports the training of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, clinical pharmacists, Indigenous healers, spiritual healers and other health care providers in the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS.
Editors: Fransing Daisy, Ph.D; Yvonne M. Davis, MPH; Betty Durran, MSW, MPH; Victor Lambert; John Lowe, RN, PhD; Theresa M. Maresca, MD and Wesley L. Thomas, Ph.D. 2006.
This is a practical resource for medical providers who are confronted with basic cultural challenges presented by Native American patients living with or at risk for HIV infection.
HIV/AIDS Prevention, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion: A Self-Study Module for Health Care Providers Serving Native Americans
From the Mountain Plains AETC and National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. An interactive self-study module that is a valuable tool to those serving Native American populations. The module includes discussions on disease progression, new patient assessment, prevention, risk assessment, counseling and testing, disease complications, prevention education, initiation of antiretroviral therapy, and health maintenance. The self-study includes case-studies, study questions and "lessons learned" from health care personnel working with Native American populations. 138 page manual. 2005.
Authors: Laura Oropeza, BA; Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN and Steven Johnson, MD