This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC), a component of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part F AETC Program. The AETC Program consists of the Regional AETC Program, two National AETCs, called the National Clinician Consultation Center (NCCC) and the AETC-NCRC, and an AETC national evaluation contractor (NEC). The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Office of Training and Capacity Development administers this program.
The AETC Program has been a cornerstone of HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) for nearly three decades. The Regional AETC Program provides targeted, multidisciplinary education and training for health care professionals to provide health care services to people living with HIV (PLWH). The NCCC serves as a national resource to provide healthcare providers with HIV clinical consultation services. The NCRC serves as the central convener, coordinator, and disseminator of the Regional AETC Program and the NCCC. The NEC assesses the regional and national impact of the AETC program.
Funding under this announcement will support one entity as the NCRC to serve as the central convener, coordinator, disseminator, and promoter of the work of the eight (8) Regional AETC Programs and the AETC NCCC, and to contribute information and data, as requested by HRSA, to the AETC NEC. The Regional and National AETCs work to increase the number of health care providers who are trained and intend to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage PLWH and help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. They provide innovative, tailored, data-driven education, training, consultation, and clinical decision support at the local and regional levels to health care professionals who care for people living with HIV.
The AETC-NCRC supports the Regional and National AETC Programs through the following programmatic components:
1) Serve as the central coordinator, archivist, and promoter of the work of the AETC Program;
2) Serve as the central convener of AETC programs and other subject matter experts to develop educational and informational products, support on-going program objectives, and facilitate peer learning and development. For example, the AETC-NCRC will plan and organize the annual RWHAP Clinical Conference;
3) Coordinate, collaborate, and serve as a liaison with other federal entities, non-federal entities, and RWHAP providers to disseminate the work and to promote the AETC Program as a national HIV education and training resource;
4) In collaboration with HRSA, explore topics and propose remedies to address emerging issues that impact the attainment of the goals of the AETC Program.
Eligible applicants include public and private entities, schools, and academic health science centers. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.