The HIV Center of Excellence (HIVCOE) for American Indians/Alaska Natives
Program Services & Activities
The HIV Center of Excellence for American Indians/Alaska Natives
Phoenix Indian Medical Center
4212 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Email: Heather Huentelman
The HIV Center of Excellence (HIVCOE) is a clinically based center for HIV prevention, care, medical treatment, and research that serves American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN. To be eligible for care, patients must be eligible for direct care services, which includes enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe and descendants.
The goal of the HIVCOE is to provide the highest quality of culturally competent HIV services for AI/AN. This includes HIV medical treatment, behavioral health services and HIV prevention.
The mission of the HIVCOE is to increase services, access, disease management and patient care for American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) living with HIV through a culturally competent and comprehensive HIV health care delivery system.
Vision: The vision of the HIVCOE is to lead the Indian Health Services (IHS) in HIV care.
- HIV prevention
- HIV testing and counseling
- Treatment and care across the continuum of HIV disease
- Technical assistance, provider training, and replication to other IHS and tribal care settings
- Research initiatives
Program Services & Activities
Care & Treatment
- HIV counseling & HIV testing
- Clinically based intervention with infected and at-risk clients
- Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention
- Community outreach and education
Grant projects through Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Funding
- Early intervention integrating medical, behavioral, and traditional Native American healing concepts
- Treatment & care across the continuum of HIV disease
- Expert consultation via Indian Health Service HIV Telehealth Collaborative
- Medical care provided by HIV certified physician, pharmacist, and nurse case managers
- Mental Health services
- Comprehensive, medically managed and culturally competent HIV case management
- Provider training in collaboration with AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC)
- Indian Health Services HIV Telehealth Collaborative
- HIV Chronic Care Model
- Behavioral health integration into HIV primary care
- Pharmacy managed adherence clinic
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Adrian Bizardi, Grant Administrator, Centers of Excellence, Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Paul Bloomquist, M.D., AAHIVS was born in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School. Attended college, medical school and completed residency training throughout the mid west and west coast to return to St. Louis Park to practice medicine. There he worked for 13 years until the cold, dark, and snow moved them (by then married to his lovely wife Lisa and with daughter, lovely Madeline) to Phoenix. In 2008, Dr. Bloomquist became the provider for the medical clinic that is part of the HIV Centers of Excellence. When not working, Dr. Bloomquist enjoys building and flying radio control model airplanes, fishing and everything that involves hanging out with his lovely girls.
Kathy Evans, MSW, has been at Phoenix Indian Medical Center since 1997. She worked with the COE Programs in many capacities, Kathy enjoys working with the COE clinic doing patient care and coordinating services. When time allows, she enjoys watching a movie or visiting her home town.
Heather Myers Huentelman, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, CDR, USPHS, was born and raised in a small farming community in Ohio. She first became interested in serving the Native American community through a pharmacy rotation at Cherokee, NC. Heather started at PIMC in 2004 as a resident and has been the Director (Acting), for HIV Center of Excellence since 2009. Dr. Huentelman provides day to day management of the clinic and HIV services as well as HIV pharmacy and adherence services. Dr. Huentelman is a nationally certified American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacist (AAHIVP). She is a huge University of Florida sports fan and resides with her husband, son and daughter in Phoenix.
Vicky T. Lomay, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in the department of Behavioral Health at PIMC. Dr. Lomay is a member of the Navajo Nation; she was born and raised on the reservation in Northern Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. Her clinical internship was completed with the University of Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Lomay returned to the Phoenix area and successfully completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Barrow Neurological Institute-St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center. She has many years of experience working with American Indians. She has worked in community counseling centers, for tribal entities, in urban hospital, and with the Indian Health Service.
Audrey E. Lynch, MBA, Data Management Specialist for the Centers of Excellence (COE) at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. She has been with the department of COE since 1999 and has worked at PIMC since 1980. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1994. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree in 2008.
Stephanie Markman, M.D., CAPT, USPHS graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1995. After completing a residency in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, she moved to Phoenix. She started at PIMC in 2000 and become Chief of Behavioral Health in 2005. In 2011, she joined the HIV Center of Excellence as a part-time Psychiatrist and became the Chief (Acting), of the Centers of Excellence in 2012. As Chief, she supervises all the Centers of Excellence including HIV, and Diabetes.
Aaron Peters, RN, BSN, is one of two Case Managers for the clinic and is a member of the Koyukon Athabascan (Dena') Tribe. Prior to working at the clinic, he worked on the hospital floors at PIMC. He received his Nursing Degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mr. Peters is currently working on finishing his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys anything that has to do with nature - hiking, mountain biking, exploring remote areas of Arizona and enjoying the company of his Siberian/Malamute husky.
Yvette Shumard, MHA, LCDR, USPHS currently serves as an Administrative Support Assistant in the HIV Center of Excellence.
Tilda A. Smith, RN, BSN, LCDR, USPHS is one of two Case Managers for the clinic and is a member of the Utah Navajo (Dine) Tribe. Prior to working at the clinic, Tilda was a clinical nurse at the Salt River Health Center in Scottsdale, AZ, for 10 years. She received her Nursing degree from Arizona State University with a Minor in Business in 1997. She is currently working on a dual Masters' program at the University of Phoenix. Tilda enjoys traveling and loves to spend time with her family.
Melanie Taylor, M.D. MPH, is an infectious disease/internal medicine physician. She has been providing primary care since 1996 and has served as a volunteer physician at the PIMC COE clinic Tuesday Morning since January 2011. She works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as her primary employment, as a medical epidemiologist. She received her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. She completed her internal medicine residency (1999), infectious disease fellowship (2002), and public health degree (2002) at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Taylor has resided in Phoenix since 2004 and enjoys running and yoga.
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Of Interest to Providers
Free HIV Telephone Consultation Services for Providers
The Warmline (800-933-3413) is a free consultation service for health care providers caring for HIV-infected patients and is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Warmline is staffed by physicians, clinical pharmacists and nurse practitioners every Monday through Friday, from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). Voice mail is available 24 hours a day.
The National Clinicians' Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPLine) 1-888-448-4911
The National Clinicians' Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline) offers treating clinicians up-to-the-minute advice on managing occupational exposures (i. e., needlesticks, splashes, etc.) to HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne pathogens. PEPline clinicians will respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Perinatal Line 888-448-8765
The Perinatal line is a free 24-hour clinical consultation and advice on the management of HIV in pregnant women, HIV testing in pregnancy, and care of HIV exposed infant. Callers are linked with a local Perinatal HIV specialist. Perinatal Line clinicians will respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
IHS Telehealth Collaborative
Utilizes electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing and store-and-forward case review. Services are available for Indian Health Services, Tribal and Urban Centers (I/T/U) serving AI/AN.
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