Action Alert: Contact your Senator today!
President Biden’s budget flat funds the AETCs for the sixth year in a row, leaving them underfunded. We cannot end the HIV epidemic in this country without a well-trained workforce to provide lifelong care to people living with HIV and to offer preventive care to those at risk. This cannot occur without investment in the AIDS Education and Training Centers.
There is still time for us to act. The Senate is still in the appropriations process and final amounts have yet to be announced. It is now more important than ever that you reach out to your senators. We need you to tell them just how important it is that they fund and prioritize the AIDS Education and Training Centers program. Sharing the impact the training program has had in your state or the role the program plays in ending the epidemic locally and nationally will be even more impactful. It is imperative that members of Congress hear from their constituents about how important it is to support and develop the HIV workforce with the experienced existing network of AIDS Education and Training Centers. To send a message now, CLICK HERE.
NAHEWD is committed to a workforce that has the capacity, desire, and skill to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV. A well-trained workforce is essential to ending the HIV epidemic.
Creating and sustaining this workforce takes resources and expertise. The NAHEWD Government Affairs Committee engages with and educates policy makers on the importance of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) as an essential source of training, technical assistance, and clinical consultation provided by national and local experts, and the resources needed to sustain the AETCs at a level commensurate with workforce development needs.
With the new challenges in health care delivery created by the COVID-19 pandemic, AETCs are even more essential than ever. AETCs have been on the frontlines of helping providers adapt to this new reality for themselves and the patients they care for.
You can partner with us by letting your Congress members know you support expanded funding to sustain the work of the AETCs.
To learn more about the AETCs, our resource needs, and how we fit into the government’s plan to end the HIV epidemic, please see the documents below:
Has an AETC made a difference for you, your clinic, or your community? Please share your story here.