The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) is a member of a national AIDS Education and Training Center network of eight regional and two national centers, covering all 50 states as well as US Territories and Jurisdictions. Funding is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau through the Ryan White Program, Part F. The mission of PAETC is to:
- Provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients in underserved and vulnerable populations
- 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, training and capacity building programs specifically designed to improve HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention services for:
- Advance Practice Nurses
- Physician Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Members of interdisciplinary care teams (mental health providers, social workers, case managers, etc) working on InterProfessional Education and Practice Transformation
- Health care organizations (Community Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, etc.)
Services are provided via a network of 8 Local Partners (LPs) that provide services on local and regional levels. Five LPs are located throughout California, with one each in Arizona, Nevada and Hawai’i. The Hawai’i LP also covers the six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions (Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, North Mariana Islands, and Palau).
Each LP has its own roster of qualified faculty, programs, and activities designed to meet the needs of their local region or state. LPs are based at academic medical centers or community-based organizations, with access to highly qualified HIV specialists. Contact your local AETC for details about training and capacity building opportunities. Continuing education credit is available for many activities.