HRSA Funds New TA/Training Projects

HRSA Funds New TA/Training Projects

January 4, 2017

Following is an update from last year's summary of new HRSA TA projects. 

New technical assistance and training projects for HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) fund recipients have been announced in late 2016. All are focused on increasing the capacity of HIV/AIDS programs to plan and deliver care more effectively. The projects funded by HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau include the following:

See all TA and training projects sponsored by HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau.

Building Care/Prevention Capacity: HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metro Areas

This project, also funded under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, will seek to implement innovative models of service delivery to improve minority population health along the HIV care continuum. The focus will be on men who have sex with men (MSM), youth, cisgender and transgender women, and people who inject drugs (PWID). Funding went to the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), which will serve as the Coordination and TA Center for four subrecipients, to be selected from from a competitive pool comprised of agencies from 18 RWHAP Part A jurisdictions in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Improving Access to Care Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care

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This cooperative agreement seeks to increase the utilization of community health workers (CHW) to strengthen the health care workforce and improve access to health care and health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority people living with HIV (PLWH). The project will focus on assisting 10 RWHAP HIV medical care provider sites with the support needed to integrate CHWs into an HIV multidisciplinary team model through training, direct technical assistance, and collaborative learning sessions.

Among the deliverables for this effort is a CHW Implementation Guide with lessons learned and best practices from learning collaborative(s) and direct TA sessions; information on the various components required for the development and integration of an effective CHW program into an HIV primary care model; and an evaluation tool to assess CHW programs in HIV care and treatment settings. The three-year cooperative agreement was awarded to Boston University’s Center for Advancing Health Policy.

Increase Access to Health Care Coverage and Improve Health Literacy

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This project will help RWHAP recipients and subrecipients enroll and engage people living with HIV (PLWH) in expanded health care coverage and increase the health literacy of the RWHAP system (providers and clients) to improve health outcomes of PLWH. The cooperative agreement went to JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

Integrated HIV Planning

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This project will support RWHAP Part A and B recipients and their planning bodies to integrate across prevention and care service systems. Support will also be provided for submissions for the CDC/HRSA Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan submissions. The cooperative agreement went to JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV

This project will train people of color living with HIV to participate in RWHAP planning bodies, medical and support care teams, boards of directors, and other mobilization efforts to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. The project will also support leadership development for transgender women of color and support expansion of the capacity of HIV prevention and care delivery systems. HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau will partner with the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy to implement this project, which was funded under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. The cooperative agreement was awarded to the National Minority AIDS Council.


Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection Initiative

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau awarded a new initiative to improve hepatitis C virus (HCV) services among HIV/HCV coinfected people of color, funded under the FY 2016 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. The initiative is called the “Jurisdictional Approach to Curing Hepatitis C among HIV/HCV Coinfected People of Color” and will focus on development of new HCV/HIV screening, care and treatment approaches. Learn more.