This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program for the technological operations and maintenance of the National HIV Curriculum (NHC) e-Learning Platform. This project will manage the technological operation and maintenance of the NHC e-learning Platform. Further, it will maintain the platform’s capacity to support additional modules thereby broadening the subject matter content available on the existing NHC. Broader subject matter content may include additional competencies and/or modules on crosscutting concepts, emerging issues such as mental illness, opioids and other substance use disorders and intimate partner violence, initiatives such as treatment as prevention,1 building capacity for HIV elimination, the "Undetectable=Untransmittable" campaign,2 and/or the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) priorities related to the care and treatment of people living with HIV (PLWH). The project will also maintain the platform’s capacity to identify technological issues/problems, and to develop and implement appropriate solutions.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Treatment As Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/art/index.html
2 NIAID Now, Science Validates Undetectable = Untransmittable HIV Prevention Message, https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/undetectable-equals-untransmittable
This project will utilize experts in e-learning technology and instructional design, to ensure flexibility to respond and adapt to changing educational needs and maintain a state of the art website for HIV treatment training. The ultimate goal of this project is to address the national shortages in the HIV clinical workforce by providing access to high quality, up-to-date training that is easily accessible so as to encourage ongoing learning and assist health care professionals in meeting the core competency knowledge for HIV prevention, screening, diagnosis, care, and treatment of PLWH.
This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) will fund one organization for a three-year project period to manage the technological operation and maintenance of the NHC e-Learning Platform. The recipient of this award will continuously optimize the NHC Platform by:
• applying innovative technological approaches or strategies to provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience while surpassing the technological functionality of other e-learning websites;
• being flexible enough to rapidly update and deploy relevant training information to users, in collaboration with the University of Washington (UW) which is implementing HRSA-18-110 Enhancement and Update of the National HIV Curriculum eLearning Platform;
• applying the latest trends in e-learning technology;
• addressing technical problems as soon as they occur including fixing bugs, security patches to ensure an up-to-date, stable, secure and powerful website;
• enhancing learning engagement and promoting successful uptake/transfer of knowledge to improve health outcomes for PLWH;
• collecting, analyzing, and tracking data to measure process and impact/outcomes and using the data to enhance and expand the NHC Platform.
Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities and schools and academic health science centers. Faith-based and community-based organizations, and tribes and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.