Vanderbilt officials today announced that the university has received a $ 16 million federal grant to coordinate AIDS education and training efforts in Tennessee and seven other Southeast states.
On a related note, the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center is moving from Emory University in Atlanta to the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC) of Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, according to a report. communicated.
The center will coordinate HIV / AIDS education efforts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Spanning four years, the grant will provide training in HIV care and prevention skills to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals, according to the release notes.
Dr Stephen Raffanti (pictured), professor of VU medicine and medical director of the Vanderbilt CCC, is the grant’s principal investigator.
“Dr Raffanti and the CCC are doing a very important job,” said Dr Nancy Brown, Professor Hugh J. Morgan and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at U. “This grant gives them the opportunity to expand their impact.
The Southeast Center is one of eight AIDS Education Training Centers (AETCs) in the Ryan White HIV / AIDS program, which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services .
With support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CCC will partner with the historically black Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and Meharry Medical College in Nashville. And it will draw on the expertise of the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development and the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy to help transform primary care practices into patient-centered medical “homes” for people living with it. HIV.
“I am excited about how this new AETC brings together interdisciplinary experts from across the Vanderbilt campus to innovate in adult education and practice transformation,” said Dr. David Aronoff, director of the VU division of Infectious diseases. Formerly known as the Comprehensive Care Center, the CCC has cared for HIV / AIDS patients in Nashville since 1994. Recently, the nonprofit Joint Commission certified the Vanderbilt CCC as a Primary Care Medical Home.
Much of the AETC grant will be used to provide interprofessional and patient-centered education at HIV clinics, with a particular focus on minority providers and those serving minority patients.
Despite advances in treatment and widespread education efforts, about 60,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year, the statement said. Specifically, the proportion of new infections among 18- to 22-year-olds has more than quadrupled in the past eight years and represents almost a fifth of all new patients enrolled at Vanderbilt’s CCC, Raffanti said.
“Young people know a lot about HIV, but still engage in high-risk behaviors,” he said, adding that the hope is that as health care providers are better able to identify and screening people at risk for HIV, the number of new infections will decrease.