The University of Rochester, Center for Community Practice (UR-CCP), formerly the Center for Health and Behavioral Training (UR-CHBT), in Rochester, New York requests CDC-RFA-PS19-1904 funding to provide Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) services for Component 2. Regional Technical Assistance (TA), Track B: Nonclinical HIV Testing and Prevention for HIV-Negative Persons in the Northeast (NE) Region of the US. This funding will allow UR-CCP to build upon its current CDC-funded CBA Program which for 9.5 years has provided services in: 1) HIV Testing; 2) Prevention with Persons with HIV; and 3) Prevention for HIV-Negative Persons for CDC-funded programs and their partners. The purpose will be to strengthen the capacity of the HIV prevention workforce to address programmatic challenges to optimally plan, integrate, implement, and sustain HIV prevention programs and services.
Patricia Coury-Doniger, FNP-ANCC-APN-C (Director), Marguerite Urban, MD (Medical Director) and Juhua Wu, MA, CPC (Associate Director) will continue to be primarily responsible for the CBA services which include mentoring, skills building, consultations, demonstration, information sharing, resource development and sharing, and supporting reciprocal learning among peers. TA will be provided reactively and proactively and tailored to meet CDC-funded program needs. UR-CCP will continue to utilize existing faculty/staff and consultants, with up to 30 years’ experience providing public health HIV/STD/VH prevention services as a HD contractor and up to 23 years’ experience providing CBA services regionally and nationally. Thus, UR-CCP has proven experience and credibility as a national and regional CBA provider.
The target population is the interdisciplinary HIV prevention workforce within the NE region who provide HIV prevention services to priority populations of blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos; and all races/ethnicities of gay, bisexual, and other MSMs; people who inject drugs; and transgender persons. UR-CCP faculty/staff have up to 30 years programmatic experience and expertise in providing culturally responsive HIV/STD/VH prevention services to meet the needs of HIV priority populations which informs CBA services and products. TA services, products, and materials will be culturally, linguistically, and educationally appropriate to meet the needs of the HIV prevention workforce and the populations they serve.
UR-CCP will utilize current long term, CBA relationships with HDs and CBOs to maintain communication, assess programmatic needs and provide tailored TA both proactively and reactively. UR-CCP will work collaboratively with other CBAs and CDC to implement annual jurisdictional plans and a NE region CBA TA plan to optimize the provision of CBA services. State-of-the-art technology including E-learning will be used to maximize efficiencies and broaden coverage. UR-CCP will continue to collaborate with other regional training and TA organizations to maximize resources and avoid duplication. UR-CCP will continue its active participation in the CBA Provider Network to share resources and identify emerging trends. Over the five-year program, UR-CCP will continue to be responsive to CDC re-direction of its programmatic activities to address current and emergent needs both within and across track topics and regions.
UR-CCP will collaborate with CDC to finalize an Evaluation and Performance Management Plan and use the results to guide continuous quality improvement. UR-CCP will demonstrate achievement of the short-term and intermediate outcomes specified in this CDC PSA 19-1904 and contribute to the long-term outcome of reduced new HIV infections, increased access to care for persons with HIV (PwH), improved health outcomes for PWH including maintaining viral suppression, reduced mortality among PwH, and reduced HIV related health disparities.