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Indian Country ECHO Training

Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a telehealth platform that has been proven to dramatically increase access to specialty treatment in rural and distant areas. From Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and The University of New Mexico Project ECHO, Indian Country ECHO Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  provides IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian healthcare workers with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions such as hepatitis C, substance use disorder, diabetes, and HIV through free, in-person training and virtual telehealth sessions.

PrEP Navigator Training

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a powerful biomedical tool that can help prevent new cases of HIV, yet many providers know little about it and do not discuss it with their clients. This is especially true for staff who work within or are associated with the Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban Indian (I/T/U) care system and who see American Indian and Alaska Native clients.

The PrEP Navigator Training for Community and Public Health Staff Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  is a series of courses designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of PrEP.

The series includes:

  1. PrEP Basics (.5 hour)
  2. PrEP Screening and Eligibility (.5 hour)
  3. Initial and Follow-up PrEP Visits (.75 hour)
  4. Understanding PrEP Special Situations and Stigma (.75 hour)

Who Should Register

Patient navigators, Community Health Representatives, Physicians, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, and other clinic staff who work within or are associated with the I/T/U health care system and who see American Indian and Alaska Native clients.

The PrEP Navigator Training for Community and Public Health Staff is made possible with resources from the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  with the production efforts of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  and training, organization, and evaluation from Cardea Services, with special thanks to American University and the 2017 CAPSTONE students assigned to the IHS National HIV/HCV Program.

Best of ACTHIV Online Curriculum

ACTHIV Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  (American Conference for the Treatment of HIV) is the premier conference in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the frontline care team and its members caring for persons living with or at risk of acquiring HIV. Based on learner evaluations and the Planning Committee’s recommendations, we are pleased to share with you the following CME/CE-certified modules selected for the Best of ACTHIV online curriculum.

More Resources

BE SAFE: A Cultural Competency Model for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians Toward the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

This cultural competency model was developed at the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center for use in clinical practice. The 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.

Clinician’s Guide to Working with Native Americans Living with HIV/AIDS [PDF - 292KB]Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

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.