HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules
The IHS National HIV/AIDS Program provides these online modules to teach about HIV/AIDS in American Indian/Alaska Native populations and extend the reach of our message.
The HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules are a collaboration between the National HIV/AIDS Program, community members and Traditionalists (Native healers) from across the U.S. Though contributors represent many Tribes, they present a consistent message about HIV, HIV prevention, HIV testing, and stigma reduction.
The 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 disease. The online training modules are composed of two sections:
- 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 patient care.
- The other section, intended for AI/AN people living with HIV/AIDS and community members, is designed to provide basic understanding of HIV infection, testing, treatments, and what it means to live with HIV
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 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 is a series of courses designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of PrEP.
The series includes:
- PrEP Basics (.5 hour)
- PrEP Screening and Eligibility (.5 hour)
- Initial and Follow-up PrEP Visits (.75 hour)
- 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 with the production efforts of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board 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.
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.
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.