HealthHIV, with its partners the Denver Prevention and Training Center and the JSI Research and Training Initiative, proposes to serve as the National eLearning Training Center for the CDC Capacity Building Assistance for High Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration (Component 1, Track A). HealthHIV will maintain and update existing CDC-approved high-impact prevention (HIP) interventions and public health strategies; create new CDC approved eLearnings for HIP interventions and public health strategies; update and transition classroom trainings to eLearning trainings for HIP interventions and public health strategies, develop blended learning trainings with the Track B provider; and post and maintain a national eLearning training schedule.
The eLearning Center for HIV Prevention Workforce Excellence activities will be informed by three subject matter advisory groups (Education, Clinical, and Technical), intervention researchers, and CDC staff. The eLearning Center for HIV Prevention Workforce Excellence is driven by 3 “E’s” Extend, Enhance, and Engage. The eLearning Center will Extend the training content of online learning nationwide to maximize accessibility and ensure that the HIV prevention workforce has the competencies and technical expertise critical to the foundation and operation of HIV prevention interventions; Enhance blended-learning modalities conducted by the national classroom (1B), regional technical assistance (2), and the continuous quality improvement and organizational sustainability (3) provides by serving as a centralized location to house eHealth materials and resources; and Engage the HIV prevention workforce by ensuring that organizations have the knowledge skills, and competencies to achieve no new infections aligned with strategic national goals to leading performance improvement and performance excellence among the HIV prevention workforce, culminating with a certificate of proficiency.
Specifically the eLearning Center will: 1) conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and environmental scan to inform and enhance eLearning curricula and module content and development; 2) develop content for three new and modify/update the content for three existing HIP interventions and translate two eLearning courses to Spanish annually; 3) design eLearning Center courses, content, and modules; 4) target and disseminate eLearning Center education and training materials including a calendar of activities; 4) conduct eLearning Center training and education courses; and 6) evaluate the eLearning Center and components for effectiveness all with the goals of achieving the following outcomes.
The eLearning Center for HIV Prevention Workforce Excellence will increase the reach and delivery of state-of-the-art CDC-approved trainings; increase and expand the HIV prevention workforce update of eLearning content; increase the number of organizations implementing, with fidelity, CDC-supported HIP interventions; increase the knowledge, build the skills, and enhance the competencies of the HIV prevention workforce to implement HIP interventions and public health strategies; and increase the performance excellence of the HIV prevention workforce and its ability to optimally plan, integrate, implement, and sustain comprehensive HIV prevention programs and services.
The Learning Center for HIV Prevention Workforce Excellence will increase the sustainability of HIP interventions and public health strategies implemented by CDC-funded programs; increase the delivery of HIV testing services among priority populations; increase the identification of people living with HIV; increase the delivery of prevention services; and increase the linkage and retention in medical care for persons living with HIV; all with the goals to reduce new infections, reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, and increase health-equity for people living with and at risk of HIV infection.