Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center-NEVADA
The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) is a federally-funded program under the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau through Part F of the Ryan White Program. PAETC is a member of the National AIDS Education and Training Center network, and based at UCSF in San Francisco. PAETC is one of eight regional and two national centers, which cover all 50 states and the US Territories and Jurisdictions. The Pacific AETC regional network includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. PAETC conducts an ongoing series of educational programs facilitated by expert faculty in a variety of formats, including seminars, clinical trainings, and annual conferences. The mission of PAETC is to:
- Provide healthcare 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 HIV epidemic.
The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center-Nevada (PAETC-NV), based at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, has been supporting clinician education in HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI care since 1990, and has trained thousands of providers over the last 30 years. The PAETC-NV serves the educational needs of Nevada’s healthcare providers and organizations who provide care and prevention services in the areas of HIV, Hepatitis C, STIs, and related content. PAETC-NV also provides technical assistance and capacity building to clinics and healthcare facilities in Nevada to support the development and provision of HIV and STI screening, treatment, and prevention services, and to develop and enhance healthcare services in the community.
Our programs serve physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, and other health professionals.
- Jennifer Bennett, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator and Director
- Mary Karls, MPH, Program Manager
- Victoria Young, MPH, Statewide Capacity Building Manager
- Rosanne Sugay, MD, Medical Director
- Jacqueline Huynh, MD, Teaching Faculty
- Christina Madison, PharmD, Teaching Faculty
- Rob Phoenix, APRN, Teaching Faculty
- Steven Zell, MD, AAHIVS, Senior Educator
The PAETC-NV has been providing education and support to HIV providers in Nevada since 1990. The PAETC-NV features an annual HIV conference, the Autumn Update, now in its 21st year. This conference provides an annual update for HIV specialists and primary care providers in the region and features experts in all facets of HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C care. In addition to the Autumn Update conference, PAETC-NV offers a wide range of programs designed for either broad audiences or tailored to specific clinic needs. A clinical preceptorship to enhance clinician skill in the treatment and biomedical prevention of HIV is now in development in Las Vegas, with plans to implement in mid-2021.
The PAETC-NV has also been leading the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative across the state of Nevada. PAETC-NV and UNR’s Center for Program Evaluation, along with the help of the statewide EHE Workgroup, state and local health districts, community-based organizations, and people impacted by HIV, have produced the Clark County's Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan (published in September, 2020) and the State of Nevada's Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan (published in December, 2020). Both EHE Plans and the EHE Workgroup meeting agenda and notes can be found at endhivnevada.org.
Over the years, the PAETC-NV has worked with over 60 organizations in the state, ranging from private practice clinicians to large hospital groups and public health agencies, assisting them in providing the best quality of care for their patients and reducing the burden of HIV disease in Nevada.
State and National Resources
- Nevada’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative
- Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services HIV Prevention Program
- Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services Ryan White Bart B Program
- Northern Nevada HOPESis a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of individuals and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS
- Pacific AETC
- Ryan White Part A Clark County Social Services
- Southern Nevada Health District HIV/AIDS Prevention
- University Medical Center
- UNLV Medicine
- Washoe County Health District HIV Prevention Program
- AHEAD Dashboard
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides national leadership in helping control the HIV epidemic by working with the community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, prevention and evaluation activities.
- HIV InSite: Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
- HRSA: AIDS Education and Training Center Program
- The AETC National Resource Centerprovides education and training resources for the local and regional AETC’s to support their mission to offer timely, high quality, state-of-the-art information to healthcare professionals working with existing and emerging populations affected by HIV.
- The Body: A Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
- National Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative
- National HIV Curriculum
- org: Resources on the prevention and treatment of HIV infection in women and children targeted at health workers, program managers, and policymakers in resource-poor settings.