In collaboration with AIDS United, the NAHEWD Government Affairs Committee has facilitated Congressional visits to apprise legislators of the valuable HIV clinical capacity building efforts that have occurred in their specific political jurisdictions. During these hill visits, NAHEWD and AIDS United share district specific data and anecdotes, personal stories and pertinent policy analysis to demonstrate to members of Congress the need for and utility of sustained and robust Congressional funding for AIDS Education Training Centers (AETCs). Over the course of these hill visits, one-page fact sheets and talking points composed by the AETCs, the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) and AIDS United are used by advocates to reinforce the necessity of funding for the AETCs.
NAHEWD has developed two White Papers that detail the continued need for HIV provider education at this fragile point in the epidemic. One was developed for Legislators-with a focus on how the AETC Program supports the public health response to the HIV epidemic. A second White Paper was developed for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to outline the current experience and thinking regarding AETC programming (e.g. valuable infrastructure, Practice Transformation, Interprofessional Education).