230093 Facilitating Routine HIV Testing in Clinical Settings: The role of the AIDS Education & Training Centers

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Beth-Anne Jacob, LCSW, PhD , Jane Addams College of Social Work, UIniversity of Illinois at Chicago, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), Chicago, IL
Suzanne M. Carlberg-Racich, PhD , School of Public Health / MATEC, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
The AIDS Education & Training Centers (AETC) HIV Testing Recommendations Training Initiative was designed to increase the capacity of clinical settings to implement routine HIV testing. Our AETC was awarded a grant under this Initiative, to do the following: facilitate the expansion of HIV testing in clinical settings, to educate STD providers in collaboration with the PTCs, and to coordinate efforts with regional and national HIV testing activities. Due to the complexity of the technical assistance and training activities conducted in the grant period, evaluation staff developed a qualitative instrument to capture participant experiences in the process, and the role of the AETCs in supporting implementation. A total of 12 key stakeholders representing the implementation sites participated in qualitative, semi-structured interviews at two different points in the process. Findings indicated that implementation of routine testing occurs along a continuum, and that significant barriers and challenges persist in the process. For example, many sites had difficulty initiating and sustaining the process due to the insecure supply of test kits, while others faced the challenge of obtaining buy-in from stakeholders, in addition to other barriers. According to research participants, the AETC role in the process includes, but is not limited to: training at organizational levels, creating a task force, assessing organizational readiness, helping to locate funds for pilot projects, creating resource materials, and fostering network opportunities. Such findings underscore the critical role of the AETCs in supporting providers and agencies as they move along the routine testing implementation continuum.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1.)Describe the methodology used to evaluate the routine testing implementation process in clinical settings. 2.)Identify key findings, including existing barriers / challenges to implementation. 3.)Discuss the role of the AETCs in facilitating the implementation of routine testing in clinic settings and community health centers.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, CDC Guidelines

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted the evaluation project for Routine HIV testing in clinical seeting, the subject matter of this presentaiton
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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