The Midwest Capacity Building Assistance Network (MCBAN) is poised to become the premier provider of technical assistance (TA) for nonclinical HIV testing and prevention with HIV-negative persons across the 12-state Midwest US region. The Washington University in St. Louis PrEP Program has experience in PrEP implementation and technical assistance on a statewide and regional level with non clinical sites in devising community events, awareness sessions, and robust linkage to care and PrEP navigation--all aspects of the PrEP continuum of care. Technical assistance in PrEP delivery spans demand generation, linkage to care, and pharmacy and insurance aspects of PrEP referrals.
The Program will couple its experience with that of the CDC-funded St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, HRSA-funded AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) partners, university experts located throughout the region, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide high quality technical assistance to achieve high-impact HIV prevention (HIIP) through enhanced outreach and testing of high-risk individuals, and rapid referral and initiation of PrEP services and support interventions.
TA activities will support expanding HIV testing in nonclinical across the Midwest region, and will also include behavioral interventions for HIV risk reduction and PrEP medication adherence. MCCBAN activities are fully integrated into existing regional TA and training efforts offered by the CDC-funded National Network STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) and AETC locations, with broad coverage and rapid response to TA requests across a 12-state region to maximize prevention impact and minimize duplication of services.