Who We Are
Founded in 1987, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) is part of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White Program, Part F (AIDS Education and Training Centers), which supports a network of 11 regional AETCs, and four national centers, with more than 130 local performance sites. This network conducts targeted, multi-disciplinary training and capacity building programs for healthcare providers who treat persons living with HIV/AIDS. The AETCs serve all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six U.S.-affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions.
The mission of the AETCs is to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS by supporting and training their health care providers so they can provide high quality, accessible services. The AETC Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau, (administrator of the Ryan White CARE Act).
PAETC maintains a network of 14 local training and technical assistance sites that provide services on local and regional levels. PAETC is a program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and collaborates with the its AIDS Research Institute (ARI), and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS).
- To provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients in underserved and vulnerable populations
- To increase the numbers of trained health care professionals working with HIV-infected patients
- To respond to the needs of high-risk populations and the changing face of the epidemic
PAETC offers education and training programs specifically designed to improve HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention services for:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Dental Hygienists
- All members of interdisciplinary care teams
Local Performance Sites (LPSs – AIDS Education and Training Centers)
PAETC has eleven LPSs in California, and one each in Arizona, Nevada and Hawai’i to meet the local training and education needs of their region’s HIV professionals. Each LPS has its own roster of qualified faculty and schedule of trainings for their region or state (found by clicking the links below). LPSs are based at universities or community-based organizations where they have access to highly qualified HIV Specialists.
Each LPS conducts a needs assessment of the HIV/AIDS training and education needs of the healthcare providers in their region and tailors trainings to meet those needs. They also work with their local department of public health, HIV Planning Councils, and other regulatory and community-based agencies to assess and meet the communities’ needs.
Call the local AETC in your region for details about training opportunities and schedules. Continuing education credit is available for many training activities.