The National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development (NAHEWD) is a membership organization of 8 regional and 2 national AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) that support the AETC Program mission. Established in 2010, NAHEWD supports the AETCs, a component of the HRSA-funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which have an explicit directive to build and maintain a well-educated and culturally sensitive health professions workforce that can provide prevention, diagnosis, care and treatment, and medical management for people at risk for and living with HIV.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for a focus on decreasing new infections, improving access to care and health outcomes, reducing disparities and achieving a more coordinated response. Workforce development is key to these goals. Ending the HIV epidemic in the United States and its territories will only be accomplished when significant health care system and HIV workforce challenges are addressed.
Even if all people living with HIV were diagnosed and linked to care, challenges remain with the capacity of the current system of care. Many of the original HIV workforce are now retiring. The successes made in treatment have meant a community living longer with HIV but also experiencing comorbidities experienced with age and presenting as more complex patients. The rapid translation of science into evidence-based practice standards is key to quality care.
Filling the gap of well-trained HIV health workforce is a crucial step toward the elimination of HIV in the U.S.
Daria Boccher-Lattimore, DrPH
AETC Affiliation: Northeast Caribbean AETC
Prescott Chow, MUP
AETC Affiliation: Pacific AETC
Vanessa J. Carson-Sasso, MSW
AETC Affiliation: New England AETC
Elizabeth I. Lazo, MPH
AETC Affiliation: AETC National Coordinating Resource Center
Governmental Affairs Committee Chair
Laurie Sylla, MHSA
AETC Affiliation: Mountain West AETC
Program Committee Chair
Carolyn Chu, MD, MSc
AETC Affiliation: National Clinician Consultation Center
By-laws Committee/Nominating Committee Chair
Jennifer Burdge, MEd
AETC Affiliation: Southeast AETC