Cicatelli Associates Inc. (CAI) submits this proposal to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention for the “Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for High Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration” initiative (CDC-RFA-PS19-1904) to lead Component 1, National Training, Track B, Classroom Learning Training Center. Over a five-year period, the National High Impact HIV Prevention (HIP) Classroom Learning Training Center (CLTC) will collaboratively develop and deliver a comprehensive training program to increase the HIV prevention knowledge, skills, and competencies of interdisciplinary staff within CDC-funded programs and their local partners to accelerate our response to ending the HIV epidemic.
CAI has assembled a consortium of HIV experts, and organizations with in-depth experience in applying evidence-informed instructional design, adult learning theory, and state of the art strategies to build the capacity of the HIV workforce. The National HIP CLTC includes: the Denver Prevention Training Center (DPTC), California PTC (CAPTC), University of Rochester Center for Community Practice (UR-CCP), AIDS Project Los Angeles Health & Wellness (APLA H&W), API Wellness/San Francisco CHC (APIW/SFCHC), the Black AIDS Institute (BAI), JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), the University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (UCSF CAPS), and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The National HIP CLTC has members that are certified and experienced in delivering training on all CDC-recognized HIP interventions and public health strategies (PHS) for the HIV prevention workforce and includes a geographic distribution covering every region of the U.S.
The purpose of the National HIP CLTC is to implement a national classroom-based and blended learning training program that has the necessary scope and reach to ensure the HIV prevention workforce has the competencies and implementation support necessary to accelerate progress to ending the epidemic. The National HIP CLTC will support the HIV prevention workforce to implement NHAS strategies to effectively respond to those who are HIV positive with lifesaving measures to help them achieve viral suppression; and to assist people who are HIV negative to gain the knowledge and access to services they need to remain HIV-free.
Each year, the CLTC will deliver 150 classroom-based and blended learning trainings; deliver TOTs to expand the national cadre of trainers for HIP interventions and public health strategies; maintain and update content for existing training curriculum; develop at least three new classroom-based training packages for HIP interventions, public health strategies, and/or topics of national importance; and work with the Component 1A contractor to develop new or revised classroom-learning elements for blended training. Needs assessments, including the use of CDC surveillance data, will contribute to the development of the national training calendar, prioritization of trainings for both the HIV service delivery workforce as well as for building the cadre of trainers, and identification of training packages to be updated or topics to be developed.