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Face To Face New Course Crystal Meth, MSM & HIV: An Update

Methamphetamine use by MSM is not a new idea in New York State.  However, recently there has been an increase in crystal methamphetamine use among MSM of color.  This two-day course will increase knowledge of methamphetamine use among MSM, the connection to HIV and Hepatitis, harm reduction strategies and treatment issues.


As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one reason why this course is relevant today
  • State at least two methamphetamine statistics
  • List at least 2 reasons why crystal meth use is prevelant among MSM
  • Describe their own values about working with MSM, people who use drugs, and sexual practices
  • Define characteristics and modes of administration of various drugs, including crystal meth
  • Describe at least three perceived benefits of methamphetamine use and long term effects
  • State the diffrerence between mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders
  • Define trauma and trauma informed care
  • Recognize the difference between screening and assessment
  • Identify at least 4 key elements of the Mental Health Assessment
  • Define “Evidence-Based Practice”
  • Llist at least 2 evidence- based practices for MSM and substance use
  • Identify at least 2 local and national resources addressing MSM and crystal meth

Audience:  Health and human service provider who works with high-risk individuals, including MSM and substance users
Prerequisite:  None

*CASAC hours are pending for this course. 
 

Methamphetamine use by MSM is not a new idea in New York State.  However, recently there has been an increase in crystal methamphetamine use among MSM of color.  This two-day course will increase knowledge of methamphetamine use among MSM, the connection to HIV and Hepatitis, harm reduction strategies and treatment issues.


As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one reason why this course is relevant today
  • State at least two methamphetamine statistics
  • List at least 2 reasons why crystal meth use is prevelant among MSM
  • Describe their own values about working with MSM, people who use drugs, and sexual practices
  • Define characteristics and modes of administration of various drugs, including crystal meth
  • Describe at least three perceived benefits of methamphetamine use and long term effects
  • State the diffrerence between mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders
  • Define trauma and trauma informed care
  • Recognize the difference between screening and assessment
  • Identify at least 4 key elements of the Mental Health Assessment
  • Define “Evidence-Based Practice”
  • Llist at least 2 evidence- based practices for MSM and substance use
  • Identify at least 2 local and national resources addressing MSM and crystal meth

Audience:  Health and human service provider who works with high-risk individuals, including MSM and substance users
Prerequisite:  None

*CASAC hours are pending for this course. 
 

Face To Face New Course Ensuring Competencies for Hepatitis C Testing

This one-day training will define the specific competencies that all staff who offer HCV screening should be able to carry out on a consistent basis in their work with clients. Participants will receive specific tools and resources to assist with meeting these competencies.  Through interactive role plays and real life examples, participants will practice delivering tailored information about Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnosis, disease progression and treatment.  The training will include use of self-assessment tools to help participants build their competencies in all areas of HCV testing, including basic education about HCV, provision of test results, linkage to diagnostic testing, health care services and harm reduction messaging.  

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Deliver accurate messages to clients about HCV transmission, prevention strategies, diagnosis, disease progression and availability of effective treatment;
  2. Explain the meaning of HCV test results and motivate all clients with a reactive result to follow-up with a medical provider for further diagnostic testing;
  3. Deliver tailored harm reduction messages to clients with reactive or non-reactive test results, including educating clients about syringe access options;
  4. Deliver accurate information about new, effective HCV treatment to dispel common myths and fears;
  5. Practice using Motivational interviewing to promote linkage and engagement in health care and other social services.

Prerequisite:  Knowledge of HCV information and completion of on-line training in Motivational Interviewing is required.

Audience: All health and human service providers.

This one-day training will define the specific competencies that all staff who offer HCV screening should be able to carry out on a consistent basis in their work with clients. Participants will receive specific tools and resources to assist with meeting these competencies.  Through interactive role plays and real life examples, participants will practice delivering tailored information about Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnosis, disease progression and treatment.  The training will include use of self-assessment tools to help participants build their competencies in all areas of HCV testing, including basic education about HCV, provision of test results, linkage to diagnostic testing, health care services and harm reduction messaging.  

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Deliver accurate messages to clients about HCV transmission, prevention strategies, diagnosis, disease progression and availability of effective treatment;
  2. Explain the meaning of HCV test results and motivate all clients with a reactive result to follow-up with a medical provider for further diagnostic testing;
  3. Deliver tailored harm reduction messages to clients with reactive or non-reactive test results, including educating clients about syringe access options;
  4. Deliver accurate information about new, effective HCV treatment to dispel common myths and fears;
  5. Practice using Motivational interviewing to promote linkage and engagement in health care and other social services.

Prerequisite:  Knowledge of HCV information and completion of on-line training in Motivational Interviewing is required.

Audience: All health and human service providers.

Face To Face New Course Hepatitis C Basics for Peer Workers

This one day training will offer peer workers information about hepatitis C and will cover basic facts about hepatitis A and B.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall basic facts about the who is affected by hepatitis C in New York State
  • Recall basic facts about the functions of the liver
  • Describe how hepatitis C is and is not transmitted
  • Share information with others about viral hepatitis prevention and harm reduction strategies.
  • Recall recommendations regarding who should be screened for hepatitis B and C
  • Describe the two step testing algorithm for hepatitis C
  • Recall resources for HCV testing in NYS
  • Describe to clients the spectrum of illness for hepatitis C
  • Recall key facts about new treatments for hepatitis C and resources for HCV treatment in NYS
  • Counsel clients with hepatitis C about the importance of vaccination for hepatitis A and B, avoiding alcohol, good liver health practices and avoiding re-infection
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute HCV Peer Worker competencies

Prerequisite: None

Audience: Peer workers interested in educating others about hepatitis C.

This one day training will offer peer workers information about hepatitis C and will cover basic facts about hepatitis A and B.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall basic facts about the who is affected by hepatitis C in New York State
  • Recall basic facts about the functions of the liver
  • Describe how hepatitis C is and is not transmitted
  • Share information with others about viral hepatitis prevention and harm reduction strategies.
  • Recall recommendations regarding who should be screened for hepatitis B and C
  • Describe the two step testing algorithm for hepatitis C
  • Recall resources for HCV testing in NYS
  • Describe to clients the spectrum of illness for hepatitis C
  • Recall key facts about new treatments for hepatitis C and resources for HCV treatment in NYS
  • Counsel clients with hepatitis C about the importance of vaccination for hepatitis A and B, avoiding alcohol, good liver health practices and avoiding re-infection
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute HCV Peer Worker competencies

Prerequisite: None

Audience: Peer workers interested in educating others about hepatitis C.

Face To Face New Course Hepatitis C Treatment Update for Health and Human Services Providers

This half-day training will describe the role of non-clinical health and human services providers in supporting clients living with chronic hepatitis C as they consider starting hepatitis C treatment. Participants will become familiar with current guidelines regarding treatment, issues relating to treatment access, and patient assistance resources.

 

Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the recent progress in treatment options for patients living with hepatitis C (shorter duration, fewer side effects, better health outcomes)
  • Describe the importance of engaging in primary care, regardless of the clients intent to undergo treatment
  • Identify strategies to support clients as they prepare for and engage in HCV treatment
  • Define sustained virologic response (SVR)
  • Discuss strategies to address the risk of reinfection with clients who achieve SVR

 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended participants have some knowledge or basic training on hepatitis C.

 

Audience: All health and human service providers.

This half-day training will describe the role of non-clinical health and human services providers in supporting clients living with chronic hepatitis C as they consider starting hepatitis C treatment. Participants will become familiar with current guidelines regarding treatment, issues relating to treatment access, and patient assistance resources.

 

Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the recent progress in treatment options for patients living with hepatitis C (shorter duration, fewer side effects, better health outcomes)
  • Describe the importance of engaging in primary care, regardless of the clients intent to undergo treatment
  • Identify strategies to support clients as they prepare for and engage in HCV treatment
  • Define sustained virologic response (SVR)
  • Discuss strategies to address the risk of reinfection with clients who achieve SVR

 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended participants have some knowledge or basic training on hepatitis C.

 

Audience: All health and human service providers.

Face To Face New Course NYS AIDS Institute Pre-Certification Peer Worker Training

The New York State Department of Health is pleased to announce that, beginning in early 2016, there will be a formal process for certifying individuals as AIDS Institute Peer Workers. 

This three-day training is intended for people seeking to become NYS AIDS Institute Certified Peer Workers who are either currently employed as a Peer Worker or who have been selected by an agency for possible future employment as a Peer Worker. The interactive training helps participants build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to use their lived experience of HIV, HCV or accessing harm reduction services as a vehicle to help clients. 

To register for this training please call Stephen Sebor at 631-444-3209.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Use their lived experience as the basis for providing effective prevention, harm reduction, outreach, patient-navigation and/or self-management services to clients;
  • List core competencies of AIDS Institute peer workers and identify required trainings to build skills in each competency;
  • Recall the NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker Code of Ethics;
  • Maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries when working with clients;
  • Work effectively as a member of their agency’s care team;
  • Follow-best practices for documenting the services they provide to clients;
  • Participate effectively in case conferences with other professionals;
  • Explore issues related to employment as a peer worker; and
  • Identify self-care strategies to address work-related stress.

AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification Process

AIDS Institute peer workers are individuals with the lived experience of HIV, Hepatitis C or accessing harm reduction services.  The AIDS Institute will offer specific tracks to certify individuals as: 1) HIV Peer Worker, 2) Hepatitis C Peer Worker, or 3) Harm Reduction Peer Worker.  Individuals may choose more than one track.  Certified peer workers must complete a series of required professional trainings totaling a minimum of 90 hours. The required trainings prepare peer workers to assist clients with HIV/HCV/STD prevention, harm reduction, outreach, patient navigation and/or self-management services.  To become certified as an AIDS Institute Peer Worker, individuals must pass a knowledge test, abide by the NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker Code of Ethics and successfully complete a practicum.  The AIDS Institute peer certification process is intended to be a vehicle to improve client services as well as create employment opportunities for people with HIV and HCV. For more information about becoming an AIDS Institute Peer Worker please visit: www.hivtrianingny.org/abcdefg   

Audience: People seeking to become NYS AIDS Institute Certified Peer Workers who are either currently working as a Peer Worker or who have been selected by an agency for possible future employment as a Peer Worker.  A “peer” is defined as someone living with HIV, AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services.

Prerequisites: Completion of a community-based peer recovery or peer readiness training or preparation of an HIV/HCV/harm reduction treatment experience statement AND completion of at least three core courses from the required peer certification training list.

The New York State Department of Health is pleased to announce that, beginning in early 2016, there will be a formal process for certifying individuals as AIDS Institute Peer Workers. 

This three-day training is intended for people seeking to become NYS AIDS Institute Certified Peer Workers who are either currently employed as a Peer Worker or who have been selected by an agency for possible future employment as a Peer Worker. The interactive training helps participants build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to use their lived experience of HIV, HCV or accessing harm reduction services as a vehicle to help clients. 

To register for this training please call Stephen Sebor at 631-444-3209.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Use their lived experience as the basis for providing effective prevention, harm reduction, outreach, patient-navigation and/or self-management services to clients;
  • List core competencies of AIDS Institute peer workers and identify required trainings to build skills in each competency;
  • Recall the NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker Code of Ethics;
  • Maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries when working with clients;
  • Work effectively as a member of their agency’s care team;
  • Follow-best practices for documenting the services they provide to clients;
  • Participate effectively in case conferences with other professionals;
  • Explore issues related to employment as a peer worker; and
  • Identify self-care strategies to address work-related stress.

AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification Process

AIDS Institute peer workers are individuals with the lived experience of HIV, Hepatitis C or accessing harm reduction services.  The AIDS Institute will offer specific tracks to certify individuals as: 1) HIV Peer Worker, 2) Hepatitis C Peer Worker, or 3) Harm Reduction Peer Worker.  Individuals may choose more than one track.  Certified peer workers must complete a series of required professional trainings totaling a minimum of 90 hours. The required trainings prepare peer workers to assist clients with HIV/HCV/STD prevention, harm reduction, outreach, patient navigation and/or self-management services.  To become certified as an AIDS Institute Peer Worker, individuals must pass a knowledge test, abide by the NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker Code of Ethics and successfully complete a practicum.  The AIDS Institute peer certification process is intended to be a vehicle to improve client services as well as create employment opportunities for people with HIV and HCV. For more information about becoming an AIDS Institute Peer Worker please visit: www.hivtrianingny.org/abcdefg   

Audience: People seeking to become NYS AIDS Institute Certified Peer Workers who are either currently working as a Peer Worker or who have been selected by an agency for possible future employment as a Peer Worker.  A “peer” is defined as someone living with HIV, AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services.

Prerequisites: Completion of a community-based peer recovery or peer readiness training or preparation of an HIV/HCV/harm reduction treatment experience statement AND completion of at least three core courses from the required peer certification training list.

Face To Face New Course Sexual Health Programming for Older Adults: Implementing the Older Adults and Sexual Health Guide

This half-day (5 hour) training is designed to help providers who work with aging populations, including senior center staff, become more comfortable discussing sex and healthy sexual behaviors with older adults. The information shared in this training ins intended to serve as a supportive tool for New York State senior service providers in recognition that older adults are sexually active at all ages.  The training provides context around healthy aging, sexual function and dysfunction, as well as the significance of immunosenescence (natural decline of the immune system due to older age), while managing STI and HIV prevention.  Especially, the issues regarding sexuality across the lifespan, as an integral part of health and wellness, will be addressed. 

This interactive training will empower participant to assess their own comfort level about the sexual health issues of older adults.  It will also provide skills-building activities aimed to create safe spaces that are conducive to the facilitation of sexual health issues with older adults, as well as effective planning strategies to involve content experts in the delivery of these important discussions.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• Define healthy aging
• Identify personal attitudes, beliefs and comfort levels related to the sexual health of older adults
• Review NY State epidemiology related to older adults in the areas of HIV, STIs, and HCV
• State concrete examples of how to make agencies more inclusive of LGBT older adults
• State effective strategies necessary to plan and create meaningful discussions among older adults around sexual health topics
• Define and understand immunosenescence
• State unique issues older adults may experience with regard to sexual function and pleasure
• Explain the importance of sexual health in the health and wellness of older adults

This half-day (5 hour) training is designed to help providers who work with aging populations, including senior center staff, become more comfortable discussing sex and healthy sexual behaviors with older adults. The information shared in this training ins intended to serve as a supportive tool for New York State senior service providers in recognition that older adults are sexually active at all ages.  The training provides context around healthy aging, sexual function and dysfunction, as well as the significance of immunosenescence (natural decline of the immune system due to older age), while managing STI and HIV prevention.  Especially, the issues regarding sexuality across the lifespan, as an integral part of health and wellness, will be addressed. 

This interactive training will empower participant to assess their own comfort level about the sexual health issues of older adults.  It will also provide skills-building activities aimed to create safe spaces that are conducive to the facilitation of sexual health issues with older adults, as well as effective planning strategies to involve content experts in the delivery of these important discussions.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• Define healthy aging
• Identify personal attitudes, beliefs and comfort levels related to the sexual health of older adults
• Review NY State epidemiology related to older adults in the areas of HIV, STIs, and HCV
• State concrete examples of how to make agencies more inclusive of LGBT older adults
• State effective strategies necessary to plan and create meaningful discussions among older adults around sexual health topics
• Define and understand immunosenescence
• State unique issues older adults may experience with regard to sexual function and pleasure
• Explain the importance of sexual health in the health and wellness of older adults

Face To Face New Course Targeted Recruitment to Promote HIV Testing

This one-day training is intended to increase non-clinical health and human service provider's capacity to design well-informed targeted recruitment strategies. Recruitment strategies addressed in this training will focus on identifying and engaging persons who are at high risk and with unknown HIV status, in HIV testing services.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Use quantitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative methods to collect key information to better understand the targeted population;
  • Build trusting relationships with targeted population;
  • Understand the role of incentives and referrals; and
  • Determine if a recruitment plan is providing desired outcomes related to HIV testing.

Audience: All health and human services providers of agencies who plan and/or conduct recruitment activities for targeted HIV testing. 

Prerequisite: None.

This one-day training is intended to increase non-clinical health and human service provider's capacity to design well-informed targeted recruitment strategies. Recruitment strategies addressed in this training will focus on identifying and engaging persons who are at high risk and with unknown HIV status, in HIV testing services.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Use quantitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative methods to collect key information to better understand the targeted population;
  • Build trusting relationships with targeted population;
  • Understand the role of incentives and referrals; and
  • Determine if a recruitment plan is providing desired outcomes related to HIV testing.

Audience: All health and human services providers of agencies who plan and/or conduct recruitment activities for targeted HIV testing. 

Prerequisite: None.

Webinar New Course Webinar: Hepatitis C Basics

This 2 -hour webinar will provide basic information about Hepatitis C (HCV) for health and human service providers.  This webinar can serve as an introductory course for anyone with a professional or personal interest in Hepatitis C.  

 Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of how HCV can be transmitted;
  • Describe how HCV progresses and the importance of care and treatment;
  • List the steps to identify HCV infection;
  • Discuss basic HCV prevention strategies;
  • Describe  basic tips for taking care of the liver and living healthy while living with HCV

 

Prerequisite: none

 

Audience: All health and human service providers, including Peers Workers  

This 2 -hour webinar will provide basic information about Hepatitis C (HCV) for health and human service providers.  This webinar can serve as an introductory course for anyone with a professional or personal interest in Hepatitis C.  

 Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of how HCV can be transmitted;
  • Describe how HCV progresses and the importance of care and treatment;
  • List the steps to identify HCV infection;
  • Discuss basic HCV prevention strategies;
  • Describe  basic tips for taking care of the liver and living healthy while living with HCV

 

Prerequisite: none

 

Audience: All health and human service providers, including Peers Workers  

Face To Face Active Drug Users and HIV/Hepatitis C Retention in Care and Treatment Adherence

This one-day training is designed to assist health and human services providers in promoting retention in care and treatment adherence with active substance users.  Providers that are aware of effective strategies for working with active substance users can play a vital role in assisting clients with retention and treatment adherence. Topics to be covered during the training include: defining active substance use, including levels of use; strategies for talking with clients about the importance of maintaining healthcare; harm reduction strategies and tools for working with active substance users.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Increase their knowledge of issues related to active substance use and HIV/HCV retention in care and treatment adherence;
  • Recall the definition of active substance use and recognize various forms of substance use and stages of use;
  • Recognize strengths of substance users and identify ways to use those strengths to achieve retention in care and treatment adherence;
  • Recognize strategies employed by providers to work with active substance users; and
  • Describe strategies for supporting retention in care and treatment adherence during periods of chaotic use, relapse and transitions in and out of drug treatment.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers or Peer Workers who work with people living with HIV. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or basic training on HIV, hepatitis C and substance use.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Ever Wish You Could . . . Stop Using Heroin? (booklet)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9162.pdf

Be Aware. Don't Share (ESAP brochure)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9405.pdf

What Does Your Needle Look Like? (brochure)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9508.pdf

See An Overdose? Call 911 Immediately! (palm card)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0226.pdf

This one-day training is designed to assist health and human services providers in promoting retention in care and treatment adherence with active substance users.  Providers that are aware of effective strategies for working with active substance users can play a vital role in assisting clients with retention and treatment adherence. Topics to be covered during the training include: defining active substance use, including levels of use; strategies for talking with clients about the importance of maintaining healthcare; harm reduction strategies and tools for working with active substance users.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Increase their knowledge of issues related to active substance use and HIV/HCV retention in care and treatment adherence;
  • Recall the definition of active substance use and recognize various forms of substance use and stages of use;
  • Recognize strengths of substance users and identify ways to use those strengths to achieve retention in care and treatment adherence;
  • Recognize strategies employed by providers to work with active substance users; and
  • Describe strategies for supporting retention in care and treatment adherence during periods of chaotic use, relapse and transitions in and out of drug treatment.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers or Peer Workers who work with people living with HIV. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or basic training on HIV, hepatitis C and substance use.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Ever Wish You Could . . . Stop Using Heroin? (booklet)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9162.pdf

Be Aware. Don't Share (ESAP brochure)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9405.pdf

What Does Your Needle Look Like? (brochure)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9508.pdf

See An Overdose? Call 911 Immediately! (palm card)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0226.pdf

Face To Face Addressing Trauma among Black and Latino Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men

Addressing Trauma among Black and Latino Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men: Do's and Dont's for Health and Human Services Providers

Trauma has a pervasive impact on an individual’s mental health, particularly if an individual lives within a community also impacted by trauma. Black and Latino gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are exposed to disproportionate rates of trauma, ranging from verbal harassment to physical violence, including sexual assault. Traumatic events may relate to both their racial and sexual identities. It is important for health and human services to be trauma responsive at all points of entry into care and to take steps to avoid re-traumatization of clients as they access services.  

 

This half-day training will help health and human service providers to recognize trauma in their clients and to take steps towards providing trauma-informed care.

 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall how exposure to trauma may impact the health and mental health of Black and Latino Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men
  • Recognize trauma responses in Black and Latino Gay Men and MSM
  • List steps to create a safe program environment
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate follow-up questions for clients
  • Identify when and how to make referrals for on-going support.
  • Recall how to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients
  • Identify strategies for self-care for providers when addressing trauma with their clients.

 

Prerequisite: This course will cover some advanced material.  Prior training on trauma or working with Black and Latino gay men is recommended but is not a strict requirement.

 

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human service providers who work with young gay men and YMSM

Addressing Trauma among Black and Latino Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men: Do's and Dont's for Health and Human Services Providers

Trauma has a pervasive impact on an individual’s mental health, particularly if an individual lives within a community also impacted by trauma. Black and Latino gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are exposed to disproportionate rates of trauma, ranging from verbal harassment to physical violence, including sexual assault. Traumatic events may relate to both their racial and sexual identities. It is important for health and human services to be trauma responsive at all points of entry into care and to take steps to avoid re-traumatization of clients as they access services.  

 

This half-day training will help health and human service providers to recognize trauma in their clients and to take steps towards providing trauma-informed care.

 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall how exposure to trauma may impact the health and mental health of Black and Latino Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men
  • Recognize trauma responses in Black and Latino Gay Men and MSM
  • List steps to create a safe program environment
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate follow-up questions for clients
  • Identify when and how to make referrals for on-going support.
  • Recall how to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients
  • Identify strategies for self-care for providers when addressing trauma with their clients.

 

Prerequisite: This course will cover some advanced material.  Prior training on trauma or working with Black and Latino gay men is recommended but is not a strict requirement.

 

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human service providers who work with young gay men and YMSM

Face To Face Advanced Motivational Interviewing - Applying the Four Processes

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course builds on the basic core communication skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and provides an overview of the four processes of the MI approach.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice each of the processes and utilize MI tools and techniques to help clients move in the direction of changing risky behaviors.

Objectives – at the conclusion of this training, participants will have increased capacity to:

  • Describe the 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe and practice the core skills of engaging with a client.
  • Identify and practice the steps of focusing with a client.
  • Address ambivalence and elicit motivations and change talk with a client.
  • Develop a plan for behavior change with a client.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction, as well as a basic understanding of MI and the core communication skills used in MI.

 

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course builds on the basic core communication skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and provides an overview of the four processes of the MI approach.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice each of the processes and utilize MI tools and techniques to help clients move in the direction of changing risky behaviors.

Objectives – at the conclusion of this training, participants will have increased capacity to:

  • Describe the 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe and practice the core skills of engaging with a client.
  • Identify and practice the steps of focusing with a client.
  • Address ambivalence and elicit motivations and change talk with a client.
  • Develop a plan for behavior change with a client.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction, as well as a basic understanding of MI and the core communication skills used in MI.

 

Face To Face Building Bridges to Cultural Competency

This one-day training explores the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

As a result of training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss invisible privilege and its affect on both receiving and providing services;
  • Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and
  • Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

Audience: Any health and human serivce provider or Peer Worker

Prerequisite: None

This one-day training explores the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

As a result of training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss invisible privilege and its affect on both receiving and providing services;
  • Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and
  • Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

Audience: Any health and human serivce provider or Peer Worker

Prerequisite: None

Online Training Engagement in Care Series: Older HIV+ Men who are Gay or MSM - Online Learning

The Engagement in Care Series highlights important issues in linkage to care, retention in care and treatment adherence for people living with HIV through exploring specific case studies.  These brief, interactive on-line trainings take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The first session in this series addresses the case of Will, a 51 year old gay man who has been living with HIV for thirty years.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of engaging  older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM in care;
  2. List barriers to linkage and retention that older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM face;
  3. Describe strategies that health and human services providers can use to improve linkage and retention among older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM.

 

The Engagement in Care Series highlights important issues in linkage to care, retention in care and treatment adherence for people living with HIV through exploring specific case studies.  These brief, interactive on-line trainings take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The first session in this series addresses the case of Will, a 51 year old gay man who has been living with HIV for thirty years.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of engaging  older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM in care;
  2. List barriers to linkage and retention that older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM face;
  3. Describe strategies that health and human services providers can use to improve linkage and retention among older HIV+ men who are gay or MSM.

 

Face To Face Harm Reduction Approach Overview

This one-day training will provide health and human service providers with a comprehensive overview of Harm Reduction. Harm reduction is a practical set of strategies designed to prevent disease and promote health by “meeting people where they are” rather than making judgments about where they should be in terms of their personal health and lifestyle. Recognizing that not everyone is ready or able to stop risky behavior, harm reduction focuses on promoting ways to reduce the health risks associated with drug use and other high risk behaviors. This course will assist providers in more effectively engaging their clients in a range of interventions to reduce the risk of harm.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the key principles of harm reduction;
  • Identify at least three attitudes they have about using a harm reduction approach;
  • Explore the harm reduction premise that the client is the expert and is responsible for choosing the type and timing of behavior change;
  • List a range of harm reduction options for substance use behaviors;
  • Identify a range of harm reduction options for sexual behaviors;
  • Describe ways in which they can incorporate harm reduction skills into their relationships with clients; and
  • Practice identifying relevant approaches and barriers to using harm reduction techniques with their clients.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers, peer educators, and anyone in the general public with an interest in HIV/AIDS. 

Prerequisite: None

This one-day training will provide health and human service providers with a comprehensive overview of Harm Reduction. Harm reduction is a practical set of strategies designed to prevent disease and promote health by “meeting people where they are” rather than making judgments about where they should be in terms of their personal health and lifestyle. Recognizing that not everyone is ready or able to stop risky behavior, harm reduction focuses on promoting ways to reduce the health risks associated with drug use and other high risk behaviors. This course will assist providers in more effectively engaging their clients in a range of interventions to reduce the risk of harm.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the key principles of harm reduction;
  • Identify at least three attitudes they have about using a harm reduction approach;
  • Explore the harm reduction premise that the client is the expert and is responsible for choosing the type and timing of behavior change;
  • List a range of harm reduction options for substance use behaviors;
  • Identify a range of harm reduction options for sexual behaviors;
  • Describe ways in which they can incorporate harm reduction skills into their relationships with clients; and
  • Practice identifying relevant approaches and barriers to using harm reduction techniques with their clients.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers, peer educators, and anyone in the general public with an interest in HIV/AIDS. 

Prerequisite: None

Face To Face Health Literacy in HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Care- Health Literacy in Patient Care

This half-day training will provide health and human services providers an overview of health literacy and give participants the opportunity to develop skills utilizing health literacy universal precautions to clearly communicate with patients or clients. At completion of this training, participants will be able to apply two health literacy strategies, plain language and teach back method, into their work.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define health literacy, the health literacy disconnect in healthcare, and how this affects patients and the public;
  • Learn about two health literacy universal precautions, plain language and teach back method, to improve communication and patient understanding;
  • Develop plain language and teach back facilitation skills; and
  • Identify common concerns and challenges associated with incorporating plain language and teach back method with all patients.

Audience: This training is for health and human service providers and Peer Workers

Prerequisite: None

(Formerly titled Using Health Literacy Strategies for Clear Communication) 

This half-day training will provide health and human services providers an overview of health literacy and give participants the opportunity to develop skills utilizing health literacy universal precautions to clearly communicate with patients or clients. At completion of this training, participants will be able to apply two health literacy strategies, plain language and teach back method, into their work.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define health literacy, the health literacy disconnect in healthcare, and how this affects patients and the public;
  • Learn about two health literacy universal precautions, plain language and teach back method, to improve communication and patient understanding;
  • Develop plain language and teach back facilitation skills; and
  • Identify common concerns and challenges associated with incorporating plain language and teach back method with all patients.

Audience: This training is for health and human service providers and Peer Workers

Prerequisite: None

(Formerly titled Using Health Literacy Strategies for Clear Communication) 

Face To Face Hepatitis C Prevention with Young People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

This one-day training will explore Hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention for young (18-29 years) people who inject drugs (PWID) in both urban and non-urban settings. The training will emphasize the link between viral hepatitis infection, prescription opioid misuse, and the potential for transition to heroin. Through interactive skills building activities, participants will identify strategies for effective and culturally competent engagement and intervention with youth who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of HCV infection in young PWIDs;
  • Explain the association between the emerging epidemic of HCV infections among young persons and the prescription drug epidemic;
  • Identify factors impacting young PWIDs’ vulnerability to HCV infection;
  • Identify the principles of youth-centered, harm reduction-oriented service provision;
  • Formulate effective prevention messages that address young PWIDs’ risk behaviors related to drug use; and
  • Identify strategies for HCV prevention, care and treatment for young PWID.

Audience: All health and human service providers and Peer Workers. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or basic training on HIV, hepatitis C and substance use.

This one-day training will explore Hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention for young (18-29 years) people who inject drugs (PWID) in both urban and non-urban settings. The training will emphasize the link between viral hepatitis infection, prescription opioid misuse, and the potential for transition to heroin. Through interactive skills building activities, participants will identify strategies for effective and culturally competent engagement and intervention with youth who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of HCV infection in young PWIDs;
  • Explain the association between the emerging epidemic of HCV infections among young persons and the prescription drug epidemic;
  • Identify factors impacting young PWIDs’ vulnerability to HCV infection;
  • Identify the principles of youth-centered, harm reduction-oriented service provision;
  • Formulate effective prevention messages that address young PWIDs’ risk behaviors related to drug use; and
  • Identify strategies for HCV prevention, care and treatment for young PWID.

Audience: All health and human service providers and Peer Workers. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or basic training on HIV, hepatitis C and substance use.

Face To Face Hepatitis C Screening, Diagnosis, and Linkage to Care

This one-day training will help increase non-clinical health and human services provider’s knowledge of Hepatitis C (HCV) screening, diagnosis and the importance of effective linkage to care for persons infected with HCV. 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of HCV disease;
  • Identify HCV risk groups;
  • Describe the NYS law with regard to offering an HCV screening test;
  • Distinguish between HCV screening and diagnostic tests and the meaning of their results;
  • Demonstrate the delivery of accurate HCV counseling messages based on test result;
  • State and explain the importance of linking people infected with HCV to care;
  • List two barriers and two solutions to effectively linking HCV infected persons to care; and
  • State at least two core components of an effective active HCV linkage to care model.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Work involved in HCV screening or linkage to care services. 

Prerequisite:  It is strongly recommended that participants have basic knowledge of HCV or have previously attended, ‘Integrating Viral Hepatitis into Your Work,’ or, ‘HIV and HCV Co-infection,’ trainings.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

What Do You Know About Hepatitis C and HIV? (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9602.pdf

Hepatitis C: Screening, Diagnosis and Linkage to Care (booklet)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1885.pdf

This one-day training will help increase non-clinical health and human services provider’s knowledge of Hepatitis C (HCV) screening, diagnosis and the importance of effective linkage to care for persons infected with HCV. 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of HCV disease;
  • Identify HCV risk groups;
  • Describe the NYS law with regard to offering an HCV screening test;
  • Distinguish between HCV screening and diagnostic tests and the meaning of their results;
  • Demonstrate the delivery of accurate HCV counseling messages based on test result;
  • State and explain the importance of linking people infected with HCV to care;
  • List two barriers and two solutions to effectively linking HCV infected persons to care; and
  • State at least two core components of an effective active HCV linkage to care model.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Work involved in HCV screening or linkage to care services. 

Prerequisite:  It is strongly recommended that participants have basic knowledge of HCV or have previously attended, ‘Integrating Viral Hepatitis into Your Work,’ or, ‘HIV and HCV Co-infection,’ trainings.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

What Do You Know About Hepatitis C and HIV? (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9602.pdf

Hepatitis C: Screening, Diagnosis and Linkage to Care (booklet)
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1885.pdf

Face To Face HIV and Hepatitis C Co-infection (1 day)

This one-day training is for health and human service providers who work with people living with HIV and who need updated information about HIV/HCV co-infection in order to provide effective services to their clients. More than 25% of people living with HIV in the United States are co-infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among people who acquired HIV as a result of injection drug use, the rates of HIV/HCV co-infection may be as high as 90%. HCV screening is recommended for all persons living with HIV.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall basic information about the liver and hepatitis C, including transmission, prevention, course of illness, screening and treatment;
  • Counsel their HIV positive client about the importance of knowing their HCV status;
  • Describe how co-infection with HIV and HCV affects the progression of each disease;
  • Recall current trends and improvements in treatment for people who are co-infected with HIV and HCV; and
  • List at least three additional service needs of people with HIV who are also co-infected with HCV.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in HIV/AIDS.

Audience: All health and human service providers.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

This one-day training is for health and human service providers who work with people living with HIV and who need updated information about HIV/HCV co-infection in order to provide effective services to their clients. More than 25% of people living with HIV in the United States are co-infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among people who acquired HIV as a result of injection drug use, the rates of HIV/HCV co-infection may be as high as 90%. HCV screening is recommended for all persons living with HIV.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall basic information about the liver and hepatitis C, including transmission, prevention, course of illness, screening and treatment;
  • Counsel their HIV positive client about the importance of knowing their HCV status;
  • Describe how co-infection with HIV and HCV affects the progression of each disease;
  • Recall current trends and improvements in treatment for people who are co-infected with HIV and HCV; and
  • List at least three additional service needs of people with HIV who are also co-infected with HCV.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in HIV/AIDS.

Audience: All health and human service providers.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Face To Face HIV Peer Worker Role in Patient Navigation

This two-day training will prepare HIV Peer Workers to help people with HIV who are newly diagnosed or who have fallen out of care learn to navigate the health care and social service delivery system.  This two-day course draws from recently published guidelines from the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care and other best practices. This training will provide Peer Workers with the tools necessary to assist people with HIV in navigating the complexities of HIV care in the role of patient navigator.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define barriers that prevent optimal engagement in HIV care;
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute HIV Peer Worker competencies related to linkage to care and patient navigation;
  • Outline strategies for assisting clients in navigating the complex maze of HIV care and support services;
  • Respond effectively to common client concerns about accessing HIV care and beginning HIV treatment;
  • Identify best practices for serving as a client escort and providing a facility tour; and
  • Provide clients practical guidance regarding appointment scheduling, navigating the health care system and establishing a positive relationship with all members of the HIV care team.

Audience: Peer Workers who work with clients living with HIV. A "Peer" is defined as someone living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experiencing accessing Harm Reduction services. 

Prerequisite: Basic training in HIV required.

This two-day training will prepare HIV Peer Workers to help people with HIV who are newly diagnosed or who have fallen out of care learn to navigate the health care and social service delivery system.  This two-day course draws from recently published guidelines from the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care and other best practices. This training will provide Peer Workers with the tools necessary to assist people with HIV in navigating the complexities of HIV care in the role of patient navigator.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define barriers that prevent optimal engagement in HIV care;
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute HIV Peer Worker competencies related to linkage to care and patient navigation;
  • Outline strategies for assisting clients in navigating the complex maze of HIV care and support services;
  • Respond effectively to common client concerns about accessing HIV care and beginning HIV treatment;
  • Identify best practices for serving as a client escort and providing a facility tour; and
  • Provide clients practical guidance regarding appointment scheduling, navigating the health care system and establishing a positive relationship with all members of the HIV care team.

Audience: Peer Workers who work with clients living with HIV. A "Peer" is defined as someone living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experiencing accessing Harm Reduction services. 

Prerequisite: Basic training in HIV required.

Face To Face HIV Testing in NYS

This three-hour training will provide the latest information about New York State Public Health Law requirements that guide HIV testing.  In 2017, regulations were released which removed the requirement for obtaining informed consent in writing or orally.  However, regulations require that patients be made aware of the offer of HIV testing, be provided key points of information about HIV prior to the test and be informed that they have the right to decline an HIV test.  The training will review the updated HIV diagnostic testing algorithm and raise awareness about acute HIV infection.  Participants will receive patient education resources for different testing results and understand their responsibility to provide patients diagnosed with HIV with an appointment for HIV care. 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of public health law to routinely offer HIV testing as a part of health care services to all patients age 13 and older;
  • Recall the settings and providers impacted by the law
  • Recall the key points about HIV testing that must be provided before conducting an HIV test;
  • Be familiar with the latest HIV diagnostic testing algorithm and identify tools for interpreting the results of the multi-test algorithm;
  • Describe the process for providing an HIV negative result;
  • Recall follow-up actions for patients newly diagnosed as living with HIV including case reporting responsibilities and the requirement of arranging for follow-up HIV care (with patient’s consent); 
  • Recall the confidential nature of HIV testing and the use of NYS consent forms for disclosure of HIV related information;
  • Recall the procedure for requesting information from the DOH for the purpose of re-engaging a patient of the facility who appears to be out of care;

Audience: Any individual involved in delivering HIV testing services in a health care or community based setting. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in basic HIV/AIDS.

Additional Training: Participants who would like an opportunity to practice the skills associated with offering HIV testing services may choose to attend “HIV Testing: Skills Practice Session”.

Related Consumer Materials:

Say Yes to the Test (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9678.pdf
Say Yes to the Test (poster): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9681.pdf
Reasons to Get An HIV Test (brochure):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0232.pdf
RU + ? Take the Time. Take the Test. Take Charge (booklet) : https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9619.pdf

Continuing Nurse Education Credits:

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

This offering is approved for 3 nursing contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education Credits:

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There are no vested interests by authors, presenters or planners of this course.

Continuing OASAS Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 4 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

 

This three-hour training will provide the latest information about New York State Public Health Law requirements that guide HIV testing.  In 2017, regulations were released which removed the requirement for obtaining informed consent in writing or orally.  However, regulations require that patients be made aware of the offer of HIV testing, be provided key points of information about HIV prior to the test and be informed that they have the right to decline an HIV test.  The training will review the updated HIV diagnostic testing algorithm and raise awareness about acute HIV infection.  Participants will receive patient education resources for different testing results and understand their responsibility to provide patients diagnosed with HIV with an appointment for HIV care. 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Meet the requirements of public health law to routinely offer HIV testing as a part of health care services to all patients age 13 and older;
  • Recall the settings and providers impacted by the law
  • Recall the key points about HIV testing that must be provided before conducting an HIV test;
  • Be familiar with the latest HIV diagnostic testing algorithm and identify tools for interpreting the results of the multi-test algorithm;
  • Describe the process for providing an HIV negative result;
  • Recall follow-up actions for patients newly diagnosed as living with HIV including case reporting responsibilities and the requirement of arranging for follow-up HIV care (with patient’s consent); 
  • Recall the confidential nature of HIV testing and the use of NYS consent forms for disclosure of HIV related information;
  • Recall the procedure for requesting information from the DOH for the purpose of re-engaging a patient of the facility who appears to be out of care;

Audience: Any individual involved in delivering HIV testing services in a health care or community based setting. 

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in basic HIV/AIDS.

Additional Training: Participants who would like an opportunity to practice the skills associated with offering HIV testing services may choose to attend “HIV Testing: Skills Practice Session”.

Related Consumer Materials:

Say Yes to the Test (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9678.pdf
Say Yes to the Test (poster): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9681.pdf
Reasons to Get An HIV Test (brochure):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0232.pdf
RU + ? Take the Time. Take the Test. Take Charge (booklet) : https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9619.pdf

Continuing Nurse Education Credits:

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

This offering is approved for 3 nursing contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education Credits:

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There are no vested interests by authors, presenters or planners of this course.

Continuing OASAS Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 4 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

 

Face To Face HIV Testing Skills Practice Session

This one-day training will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key skills related to offering HIV testing services.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall strategies for providing HIV pre-test messages to clients with special needs, including low literacy skills, limited English proficiency, issues related to capacity to consent, and other unique circumstances or needs;
  • Deliver a preliminary positive and confirmed positive HIV test result;
  • Arrange for HIV care for newly diagnosed HIV positive patients;
  • Conduct the NYS domestic violence screening protocol;
  • Recall responsibilities regarding completion of the New York State Medical Provider HIV/AIDS and Partner/Contact Report Form (DOH-4189), including making an effective referral to the appropriate partner services program; and
  • Recall the rationale and limitations of integrating HIV testing with screening for Hepatitis C and STIs.

Audience: Any individual involved in delivering HIV testing services, including Peer Workers. 

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and attendance at "HIV Testing in NYS" or an equivalent training.

Continuing Nurse Education Credits:

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

This offering is approved for 6.25 nursing contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education Credits:

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There are no vested interests by authors, presenters or planners of this course.

Continuing OASAS Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:
Say Yes to the Test (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9678.pdf
Say Yes to the Test (poster): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9681.pdf
New York State Confidentiality Law and HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9192.pdf

This one-day training will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key skills related to offering HIV testing services.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall strategies for providing HIV pre-test messages to clients with special needs, including low literacy skills, limited English proficiency, issues related to capacity to consent, and other unique circumstances or needs;
  • Deliver a preliminary positive and confirmed positive HIV test result;
  • Arrange for HIV care for newly diagnosed HIV positive patients;
  • Conduct the NYS domestic violence screening protocol;
  • Recall responsibilities regarding completion of the New York State Medical Provider HIV/AIDS and Partner/Contact Report Form (DOH-4189), including making an effective referral to the appropriate partner services program; and
  • Recall the rationale and limitations of integrating HIV testing with screening for Hepatitis C and STIs.

Audience: Any individual involved in delivering HIV testing services, including Peer Workers. 

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and attendance at "HIV Testing in NYS" or an equivalent training.

Continuing Nurse Education Credits:

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

This offering is approved for 6.25 nursing contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education Credits:

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There are no vested interests by authors, presenters or planners of this course.

Continuing OASAS Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:
Say Yes to the Test (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9678.pdf
Say Yes to the Test (poster): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9681.pdf
New York State Confidentiality Law and HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9192.pdf

Face To Face Intro to Co-Occurring Disorders for Clients with HIV/AIDS

This one-day training will introduce non-physician providers to co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental illness) and their impact on people living with HIV/AIDS. The training will also review trauma and its impacts on care as well as “red flags” or warning signs that might indicate a problem with substance abuse and/or mental health. Participants will also be offered tools for making referrals for appropriate treatment for clients who may be experiencing co-occurring disorders.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “co-occurring disorders” as it applies to substance abuse and mental illness;
  • Define the term “trauma” and how it impacts substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS;
  • List qualities important for a provider in working with people with co-occurring disorders;
  • Define the term “red flag” and give examples from case studies; and
  • Identify communication skills that help a provider make a referral for co-occurring disorders.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers or Peer Workers who work with people living with HIV.

Prerequisites: None

Continuing Education Credits:This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

This one-day training will introduce non-physician providers to co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental illness) and their impact on people living with HIV/AIDS. The training will also review trauma and its impacts on care as well as “red flags” or warning signs that might indicate a problem with substance abuse and/or mental health. Participants will also be offered tools for making referrals for appropriate treatment for clients who may be experiencing co-occurring disorders.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “co-occurring disorders” as it applies to substance abuse and mental illness;
  • Define the term “trauma” and how it impacts substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS;
  • List qualities important for a provider in working with people with co-occurring disorders;
  • Define the term “red flag” and give examples from case studies; and
  • Identify communication skills that help a provider make a referral for co-occurring disorders.

Audience: All non-physician health and human service providers or Peer Workers who work with people living with HIV.

Prerequisites: None

Continuing Education Credits:This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Face To Face Introduction to HIV, STIs and Viral Hepatitis

This one-day training will prepare non-physician health and human services providers to address HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and viral hepatitis in an integrated, client-centered manner. The training will review the similarities and differences in transmission, screening, available treatments and needed support services for each of the diseases. The training will emphasize the connection between these diseases and the skills needed to effectively interact with clients whose sexual or substance using behaviors place them at risk for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall data showing the overlap of cases of HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • State the rationale and importance of integration of services related to HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • State the similarities and differences in how HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis are transmitted;
  • Deliver an integrated prevention message for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • Provide clients with basic information about the spectrum of illness, testing and treatment for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis; and
  • Link clients to needed HIV, STI, and viral hepatitis testing, treatment and support services.

Audience: Any health or human service provider or Peer Worker

Prerequisite: None


Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Hepatitis C educational materials

100 Questions and Answers About HIV/AIDS: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0213.pdf

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification. 

This one-day training will prepare non-physician health and human services providers to address HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and viral hepatitis in an integrated, client-centered manner. The training will review the similarities and differences in transmission, screening, available treatments and needed support services for each of the diseases. The training will emphasize the connection between these diseases and the skills needed to effectively interact with clients whose sexual or substance using behaviors place them at risk for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall data showing the overlap of cases of HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • State the rationale and importance of integration of services related to HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • State the similarities and differences in how HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis are transmitted;
  • Deliver an integrated prevention message for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis;
  • Provide clients with basic information about the spectrum of illness, testing and treatment for HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis; and
  • Link clients to needed HIV, STI, and viral hepatitis testing, treatment and support services.

Audience: Any health or human service provider or Peer Worker

Prerequisite: None


Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Hepatitis C educational materials

100 Questions and Answers About HIV/AIDS: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0213.pdf

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification. 

Face To Face LGBT Cultural Competency

This one-day training is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients they serve.  This interactive training will help providers identify best practices for creating a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ clients.  It will also help participants identify communication skills needed for effective engagement of the wide range of LGBTQ clients at risk for, or living with, HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities;
  • Differentiate sex, gender identity and recognize the sexual orientation as their own distinct concepts and that they exist on a continuum;
  • Distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ people and how these levels are interconnected;
  • Understand the concepts of unexamined privilege and its relationship with oppression;
  • Reflect on and identify one’s own privileges and types of oppression in professional settings and how their privilege/oppression affects their client/provider relationship;
  • Define social determinants of health;
  • Identify reasons why LGBTQ people are disproportionately at risk based on social determinants of health
  • Recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations;
  • Describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks; and
  • Identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff.

Audience: This training is for non-clinical health and human service providers who work with LGBTQ clients or patients. 

Prerequisite:  Additional trainings are not required to attend this course.

This one-day training is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients they serve.  This interactive training will help providers identify best practices for creating a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ clients.  It will also help participants identify communication skills needed for effective engagement of the wide range of LGBTQ clients at risk for, or living with, HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities;
  • Differentiate sex, gender identity and recognize the sexual orientation as their own distinct concepts and that they exist on a continuum;
  • Distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ people and how these levels are interconnected;
  • Understand the concepts of unexamined privilege and its relationship with oppression;
  • Reflect on and identify one’s own privileges and types of oppression in professional settings and how their privilege/oppression affects their client/provider relationship;
  • Define social determinants of health;
  • Identify reasons why LGBTQ people are disproportionately at risk based on social determinants of health
  • Recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations;
  • Describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks; and
  • Identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff.

Audience: This training is for non-clinical health and human service providers who work with LGBTQ clients or patients. 

Prerequisite:  Additional trainings are not required to attend this course.

Face To Face Living With HIV

This full-day workshop has been designed and created for people living with HIV. It will address five major topics to help them maintain good health.  Topics covered in this training include: HIV Treatment Update, HIV Drug Resistance and Adherence, Understanding Lab Results, HIV Treatment as Prevention, and Working with Your Healthcare Provider.

The training will describe how HIV treatment works, how it has changed, how to ensure it keeps working for you, and “Treatment as Prevention”. In addition, we will discuss how to prepare to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.

Please note:  This training will be provided using a “positive health literacy” approach. Trainers will fully explain and simplify concepts, taking into account the knowledge level of all participants.

Intended Audience: People living with HIV (Some slots will be given to providers, but the workshop is meant for people with HIV.)

This course qualifies towards Peer Certification credits.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• Describe how HIV treatment works and how it has changed
• Define drug resistance
• Identify adherence (including tricks, tips, and questions to ask when starting a new medication)
• Define elements and types of lab tests (including CD4, CD4% and tips for getting consistent lab tests)
• Explain the difference between PEP and PrEP
• Define “Treatment as Prevention”
• Better prepare for a doctor’s visit, in order to ensure effective patient-provider communication

 

The trainings doors for this course close promptly at 9:45 AM.

 

This full-day workshop has been designed and created for people living with HIV. It will address five major topics to help them maintain good health.  Topics covered in this training include: HIV Treatment Update, HIV Drug Resistance and Adherence, Understanding Lab Results, HIV Treatment as Prevention, and Working with Your Healthcare Provider.

The training will describe how HIV treatment works, how it has changed, how to ensure it keeps working for you, and “Treatment as Prevention”. In addition, we will discuss how to prepare to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.

Please note:  This training will be provided using a “positive health literacy” approach. Trainers will fully explain and simplify concepts, taking into account the knowledge level of all participants.

Intended Audience: People living with HIV (Some slots will be given to providers, but the workshop is meant for people with HIV.)

This course qualifies towards Peer Certification credits.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• Describe how HIV treatment works and how it has changed
• Define drug resistance
• Identify adherence (including tricks, tips, and questions to ask when starting a new medication)
• Define elements and types of lab tests (including CD4, CD4% and tips for getting consistent lab tests)
• Explain the difference between PEP and PrEP
• Define “Treatment as Prevention”
• Better prepare for a doctor’s visit, in order to ensure effective patient-provider communication

 

The trainings doors for this course close promptly at 9:45 AM.

 

Face To Face Motivational Interviewing

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course will provide an overview of the Motivational Interviewing approach and its value as a client-centered directive intervention. The course focuses on helping providers address client ambivalence and the use of tools to help clients move towards less risky behaviors and change.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Review general principles of Motivational Interviewing;
  • Engage clients more effectively during service delivery;
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing techniques and practice skills;
  • Respond more effectively to client resistance and reluctance; and
  • Identify client’s stage(s) of change and apply appropriate motivational techniques.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker. 

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course will provide an overview of the Motivational Interviewing approach and its value as a client-centered directive intervention. The course focuses on helping providers address client ambivalence and the use of tools to help clients move towards less risky behaviors and change.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Review general principles of Motivational Interviewing;
  • Engage clients more effectively during service delivery;
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing techniques and practice skills;
  • Respond more effectively to client resistance and reluctance; and
  • Identify client’s stage(s) of change and apply appropriate motivational techniques.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker. 

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction.

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Online Training Motivational Interviewing Overview - Online Learning

This 30-minute on-line module will provide health and human service providers with an introduction to Motivational Interviewing. The course will review the basic elements of Motivational Interviewing and how it can be helpful to providers when working with clients who are HIV positive, infected with Hepatitis C, or require harm reduction services.

 

By the end of this on-line course, you will be able to:

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • List 3 benefits of using MI
  • Identify the major elements of MI
  • Discuss ways to know if MI is effective
  • Identify opportunities to use principles of MI in consumer encounters

Prerequisite:  None

Intended audience: All health and human service providers.

This 30-minute on-line module will provide health and human service providers with an introduction to Motivational Interviewing. The course will review the basic elements of Motivational Interviewing and how it can be helpful to providers when working with clients who are HIV positive, infected with Hepatitis C, or require harm reduction services.

 

By the end of this on-line course, you will be able to:

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • List 3 benefits of using MI
  • Identify the major elements of MI
  • Discuss ways to know if MI is effective
  • Identify opportunities to use principles of MI in consumer encounters

Prerequisite:  None

Intended audience: All health and human service providers.

Online Training Overview of HIV Infection and AIDS - Online Learning

This 90-minute online training provides basic information about HIV infection and AIDS. It can serve as an introductory course for anyone with a professional or personal interest in HIV/AIDS. The training is organized in four modules that may be completed at your own pace.

 

  • Module One provides the definition of HIV and AIDS and an overview of HIV/AIDS data;
  • Module Two explains how HIV is and is not transmitted;
  • Module Three reviews basic facts about the immune systems, how HIV progresses and the importance of care and treatment for HIV; and
  • Module Four provides information about HIV testing and HIV prevention strategies.

 

At the end of each module, there is a brief quiz to test your understanding of the material.

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers; peer educators; and anyone in the general public with an interest in HIV/AIDS.

 

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 1 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

This 90-minute online training provides basic information about HIV infection and AIDS. It can serve as an introductory course for anyone with a professional or personal interest in HIV/AIDS. The training is organized in four modules that may be completed at your own pace.

 

  • Module One provides the definition of HIV and AIDS and an overview of HIV/AIDS data;
  • Module Two explains how HIV is and is not transmitted;
  • Module Three reviews basic facts about the immune systems, how HIV progresses and the importance of care and treatment for HIV; and
  • Module Four provides information about HIV testing and HIV prevention strategies.

 

At the end of each module, there is a brief quiz to test your understanding of the material.

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers; peer educators; and anyone in the general public with an interest in HIV/AIDS.

 

Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 1 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Face To Face Overview of Stage-based Behavioral Counseling

This one-day training is designed to help health and human service providers gain knowledge and skills in Stage-based Behavioral Counseling approaches and their applied use in HIV/STI/VH prevention and care services.   Staged-based Behavioral Counseling is an adaptation of the stages of change/transtheoretical model of behavior change theory.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Stages of Change/Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change Theory;
  • Assess clients’ stage of readiness for prevention and care services;
  • Deliver counseling strategies matched to clients’ stage of readiness; and
  • Integrate behavioral approaches into existing prevention and care services.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker. 

Prerequisite: None

This one-day training is designed to help health and human service providers gain knowledge and skills in Stage-based Behavioral Counseling approaches and their applied use in HIV/STI/VH prevention and care services.   Staged-based Behavioral Counseling is an adaptation of the stages of change/transtheoretical model of behavior change theory.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Stages of Change/Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change Theory;
  • Assess clients’ stage of readiness for prevention and care services;
  • Deliver counseling strategies matched to clients’ stage of readiness; and
  • Integrate behavioral approaches into existing prevention and care services.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker. 

Prerequisite: None

Online Training Peer Worker Code of Ethics in Practice - Online Learning

The AIDS Institute's Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics outlines 19 principles that guide Peer Workers in defining their roles, relationships, and scope of responsibility. As part of the certification process, Peer Workers are required to sign an attestation that they agree to follow this Code of Ethics at all times.

 

This 30-minute online module will provide Peer Workers with an opportunity to reflect on situations they may encounter in their work and consider how the Peer Worker Code of Ethics can help to determine the best course of action.

                                

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Recall the purpose of the Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics
  • Practice making decisions on how to respond to different situations with clients based on the Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics

 

Prerequisite:  None

Intended audience: Peer Workers

The AIDS Institute's Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics outlines 19 principles that guide Peer Workers in defining their roles, relationships, and scope of responsibility. As part of the certification process, Peer Workers are required to sign an attestation that they agree to follow this Code of Ethics at all times.

 

This 30-minute online module will provide Peer Workers with an opportunity to reflect on situations they may encounter in their work and consider how the Peer Worker Code of Ethics can help to determine the best course of action.

                                

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Recall the purpose of the Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics
  • Practice making decisions on how to respond to different situations with clients based on the Certified Peer Worker Code of Ethics

 

Prerequisite:  None

Intended audience: Peer Workers

Face To Face Peer Workers: Promoting Primary Care and Treatment Adherence for HIV

This two-day training is designed to increase awareness of Peer Workers about HIV primary care guidelines, the HIV Treatment Cascade, health insurance options, and treatment adherence. Peer Workers who are aware of HIV primary care guidelines and strategies for supporting treatment adherence can play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List the components of primary care for patients living with HIV
  • Understand the HIV Treatment Cascade and how it informs their work
  • Explain to patients the key elements of the annual comprehensive physical exam for patients living with HIV
  • Explain to patients the importance of routine laboratory screening and assessments used in primary care for people living with HIV
  • Recall the different classes of HIV medications and briefly describe how they work
  • Identify common barriers to treatment adherence, including medication side effects
  • List three specific strategies for promoting treatment adherence
  • Understand the health insurance assistance programs regarding the treatment and care of PLWHA
  • Recognize the impact of culture on accessing healthcare
  • Work as a member of the care team to:
    1. Help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections
    2. Conduct client assessments and make referrals for a variety of psychosocial issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.
    3. Participate in case conferences.

Audience: Peer Workers who work with clients living with HIV. A “peer” is defined as someone living with HIV, AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services.

Prerequisite: HIV/AIDS 101 Training

This two-day training is designed to increase awareness of Peer Workers about HIV primary care guidelines, the HIV Treatment Cascade, health insurance options, and treatment adherence. Peer Workers who are aware of HIV primary care guidelines and strategies for supporting treatment adherence can play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List the components of primary care for patients living with HIV
  • Understand the HIV Treatment Cascade and how it informs their work
  • Explain to patients the key elements of the annual comprehensive physical exam for patients living with HIV
  • Explain to patients the importance of routine laboratory screening and assessments used in primary care for people living with HIV
  • Recall the different classes of HIV medications and briefly describe how they work
  • Identify common barriers to treatment adherence, including medication side effects
  • List three specific strategies for promoting treatment adherence
  • Understand the health insurance assistance programs regarding the treatment and care of PLWHA
  • Recognize the impact of culture on accessing healthcare
  • Work as a member of the care team to:
    1. Help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections
    2. Conduct client assessments and make referrals for a variety of psychosocial issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.
    3. Participate in case conferences.

Audience: Peer Workers who work with clients living with HIV. A “peer” is defined as someone living with HIV, AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services.

Prerequisite: HIV/AIDS 101 Training

Face To Face Peers Providing Trauma Informed Care

The one-day training will provide Peer Workers with an overview of trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.  It will cover the effects of trauma, re-traumatization and how Peer Workers can utilize a Trauma-Informed approach. The training will emphasize why Peer Workers should be aware of the impact of trauma on the clients they work with, as well as help peer workers understand the importance of using a Trauma-Informed approach within their agencies.  The training will review how Peer Workers can work with other members of the care team to help clients access needed services to address the impact of trauma on their lives, including strategies for destigmatizing mental health services.  The training will also allow Peer Workers to consider the impact of trauma on their own lives and will review self-care strategies to remain balanced when working clients who have experienced trauma.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impacts of trauma and vicarious trauma on an individual;
  • Identify the five principles of Trauma-Informed Care;
  • Understand the importance of using a Trauma-Informed approach in their work;
  • Utilize the five principles of Trauma-Informed Care to reduce the risk of re-traumatization;
  • Work with other members of the care team to help clients who have experienced trauma access needed support services;
  • Identify Trauma-Informed approaches which help reduce the stigmatization of accessing mental health services; and
  • Practice self-care strategies.

Audience: HIV, HCV or Harm Reduction Peer Workers. A "Peer" is defined as someone living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services. 

Prerequisite: None

The one-day training will provide Peer Workers with an overview of trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.  It will cover the effects of trauma, re-traumatization and how Peer Workers can utilize a Trauma-Informed approach. The training will emphasize why Peer Workers should be aware of the impact of trauma on the clients they work with, as well as help peer workers understand the importance of using a Trauma-Informed approach within their agencies.  The training will review how Peer Workers can work with other members of the care team to help clients access needed services to address the impact of trauma on their lives, including strategies for destigmatizing mental health services.  The training will also allow Peer Workers to consider the impact of trauma on their own lives and will review self-care strategies to remain balanced when working clients who have experienced trauma.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impacts of trauma and vicarious trauma on an individual;
  • Identify the five principles of Trauma-Informed Care;
  • Understand the importance of using a Trauma-Informed approach in their work;
  • Utilize the five principles of Trauma-Informed Care to reduce the risk of re-traumatization;
  • Work with other members of the care team to help clients who have experienced trauma access needed support services;
  • Identify Trauma-Informed approaches which help reduce the stigmatization of accessing mental health services; and
  • Practice self-care strategies.

Audience: HIV, HCV or Harm Reduction Peer Workers. A "Peer" is defined as someone living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and/or has experience accessing Harm Reduction services. 

Prerequisite: None

Face To Face Positive Prevention: Connecting Care and Prevention

This one-day training will provide participants with updated information and strategies for promoting prevention among people living with HIV/AIDS. The latest research demonstrates that early initiation of treatment, retention in care and viral load suppression are critical to the health of people with HIV and also play a key role in reducing new infections. Participants will learn strategies for coupling messages about the importance of clinical care with behavioral interventions to address the risks associated with sexual and substance using behaviors.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the latest research that demonstrates the link between treatment and prevention;
  • Explain to clients the importance of early initiation of anti-retroviral treatment, viral load suppression and retention in care;
  • Recall how co-morbidities such as HIV/HCV co-infection or HIV/syphilis co-infection can affect transmission and acquisition of HIV and other infectious diseases;
  • Refer clients as needed to other intensive prevention interventions including group level interventions, condom distribution programs, partner services, syringe access and others; and
  • Practice skills related to promoting prevention among clients living with HIV of all ages.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker who works with clients living with HIV/AIDS. 

Prerequisite: None. It is strongly suggested that participants have attended basic training in HIV/AIDS.

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Staying on Schedule: Tips for Taking Your HIV Medications (generic booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9236.pdf
Staying on Schedule: How to Take Each HIV Medication (drug-specific booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0203.pdf

 

This one-day training will provide participants with updated information and strategies for promoting prevention among people living with HIV/AIDS. The latest research demonstrates that early initiation of treatment, retention in care and viral load suppression are critical to the health of people with HIV and also play a key role in reducing new infections. Participants will learn strategies for coupling messages about the importance of clinical care with behavioral interventions to address the risks associated with sexual and substance using behaviors.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the latest research that demonstrates the link between treatment and prevention;
  • Explain to clients the importance of early initiation of anti-retroviral treatment, viral load suppression and retention in care;
  • Recall how co-morbidities such as HIV/HCV co-infection or HIV/syphilis co-infection can affect transmission and acquisition of HIV and other infectious diseases;
  • Refer clients as needed to other intensive prevention interventions including group level interventions, condom distribution programs, partner services, syringe access and others; and
  • Practice skills related to promoting prevention among clients living with HIV of all ages.

Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker who works with clients living with HIV/AIDS. 

Prerequisite: None. It is strongly suggested that participants have attended basic training in HIV/AIDS.

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Staying on Schedule: Tips for Taking Your HIV Medications (generic booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9236.pdf
Staying on Schedule: How to Take Each HIV Medication (drug-specific booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0203.pdf

 

Face To Face Promoting Primary Care & Treatment Adherence for HIV Positive Individuals

This one-day training is designed to increase awareness of non-physician health and human services providers about HIV primary care guidelines, the HIV Treatment Cascade, health insurance options, and treatment adherence. Providers who are aware of HIV primary care guidelines and strategies for supporting treatment adherence can play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List the components of primary care for patients living with HIV
  • Understand the HIV Treatment Cascade and how it informs their work
  • Identify the key elements of the annual comprehensive physical exam for patients living with HIV
  • Identify the routine laboratory screening and assessments used in primary care for people living with HIV, including methods used to assess and measure adherence
  • Recall the different classes of HIV medications and briefly describe how they work
  • Identify common barriers to treatment adherence, including medication side effects
  • List three specific strategies for promoting treatment adherence
  • Identify when referrals to specialty care may be needed
  • Understand the health insurance assistance programs regarding the treatment and care of PLWHA
  • Work as a member of the care team to:
    1. Help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections
    2. Conduct client assessments and make referrals for a variety of psychosocial issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers who work directly with people living with HIV including: case managers, counselors, nurses, support services providers, and others.

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Staying on Schedule: Tips for Taking Your HIV Medications (generic booklet):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9236.pdf
Staying on Schedule: How to Take Each HIV Medication (drug-specific booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0203.pdf
Managing Side Effects of HIV Medications (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9408.pdf
Side Effects of HIV Medications (stand-alone chart): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9412.pdf
Your Brother’s Care: Getting Help for HIV (booklet):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0215.pdf
Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9689.pdf

 

 

This one-day training is designed to increase awareness of non-physician health and human services providers about HIV primary care guidelines, the HIV Treatment Cascade, health insurance options, and treatment adherence. Providers who are aware of HIV primary care guidelines and strategies for supporting treatment adherence can play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List the components of primary care for patients living with HIV
  • Understand the HIV Treatment Cascade and how it informs their work
  • Identify the key elements of the annual comprehensive physical exam for patients living with HIV
  • Identify the routine laboratory screening and assessments used in primary care for people living with HIV, including methods used to assess and measure adherence
  • Recall the different classes of HIV medications and briefly describe how they work
  • Identify common barriers to treatment adherence, including medication side effects
  • List three specific strategies for promoting treatment adherence
  • Identify when referrals to specialty care may be needed
  • Understand the health insurance assistance programs regarding the treatment and care of PLWHA
  • Work as a member of the care team to:
    1. Help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections
    2. Conduct client assessments and make referrals for a variety of psychosocial issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers who work directly with people living with HIV including: case managers, counselors, nurses, support services providers, and others.

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

Staying on Schedule: Tips for Taking Your HIV Medications (generic booklet):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9236.pdf
Staying on Schedule: How to Take Each HIV Medication (drug-specific booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0203.pdf
Managing Side Effects of HIV Medications (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9408.pdf
Side Effects of HIV Medications (stand-alone chart): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9412.pdf
Your Brother’s Care: Getting Help for HIV (booklet):  https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0215.pdf
Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9689.pdf

 

 

Online Training Reversing Opioid Overdose: Training for EMS and Public Safety

This on-line training video, and associated print materials, are designed to prepare public safety and EMS providers, AEMT, EMT-I, EMT-B and CFR/EMR, to administer naloxone using an intra-nasal applicator (mucosal atomizer device) in cases of suspected opioid overdose.   Drug overdose from opioids (such as heroin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others) is a significant problem in all areas of New York State.  Naloxone is a medication that safely reverses opioid overdose.

 

Basic Life Support providers are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose.  EMS and other first response public safety providers who are able to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and are trained to administer naloxone via nasal atomizer will be in a position to help save lives.

 

By viewing this training video, EMS providers will be able to:

  • Recall the names of at least 3 different opioids
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Assemble a mucosal atomizer device for administering Intra-nasal naloxone
  • Implement opioid overdose prevention activities in accordance with NYS-approved policies and procedures

Audience: All EMS providers and Public Safety Personnel who are certified as prehospital care providers.

 

TO ACCESS THIS TRAINING:

You will be prompted to create a new account if you have not previously used this system.  Once you create your account and register for the course, you will receive an email with the link to the training video.  A training certificate verifying your completion of the video will be available within 24 hours in your account under “My Courses.” You must log back into the site and click on "My Courses" to retrieve the certificate.  Note: The training certificate is only available to those who have watched the entire video, through to the end. 

 

Additional Training Requirement: EMS providers and Public Safety Personnel who view the video must follow-up with an agency or regionally approved instructor to complete the skills practice portion of the training.

This on-line training video, and associated print materials, are designed to prepare public safety and EMS providers, AEMT, EMT-I, EMT-B and CFR/EMR, to administer naloxone using an intra-nasal applicator (mucosal atomizer device) in cases of suspected opioid overdose.   Drug overdose from opioids (such as heroin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others) is a significant problem in all areas of New York State.  Naloxone is a medication that safely reverses opioid overdose.

 

Basic Life Support providers are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose.  EMS and other first response public safety providers who are able to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and are trained to administer naloxone via nasal atomizer will be in a position to help save lives.

 

By viewing this training video, EMS providers will be able to:

  • Recall the names of at least 3 different opioids
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Assemble a mucosal atomizer device for administering Intra-nasal naloxone
  • Implement opioid overdose prevention activities in accordance with NYS-approved policies and procedures

Audience: All EMS providers and Public Safety Personnel who are certified as prehospital care providers.

 

TO ACCESS THIS TRAINING:

You will be prompted to create a new account if you have not previously used this system.  Once you create your account and register for the course, you will receive an email with the link to the training video.  A training certificate verifying your completion of the video will be available within 24 hours in your account under “My Courses.” You must log back into the site and click on "My Courses" to retrieve the certificate.  Note: The training certificate is only available to those who have watched the entire video, through to the end. 

 

Additional Training Requirement: EMS providers and Public Safety Personnel who view the video must follow-up with an agency or regionally approved instructor to complete the skills practice portion of the training.

Face To Face Role of Non-clinicians in Promoting PrEP

This half-day training will prepare non-clinical health and human services providers to educate their communities about PrEP, work with clinical providers to expand access to PrEP and provide support to clients who are taking PrEP.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver culturally relevant educational messages about PrEP to clients who may benefit from this intervention;
  • Discuss the efficacy of PrEP in terms that clients can understand;
  • Refer clients to a host of NYS, NYC, national and local resources regarding PrEP including the PrEP/PEP Voluntary Provider Directory;
  • Identify resources to assist clients with reimbursement for PrEP medication, medical appointments, HIV/STD testing and other prevention tools such as condoms, sterile syringes, etc.;
  • Integrate messages about PrEP into HIV/STD testing and other prevention services offered by the organization;
  • Assist clients on PrEP with behavioral counseling and support daily adherence to the medication; and
  • Partner with local providers that prescribe PrEP to promote easy access to PrEP

Audience: Non-clinical health and human services staff who are:

  • Involved in offering HIV testing, harm reduction counseling, prevention services, community outreach or adherence support;
  • Working with individuals at high risk for HIV who have an opportunity to provide education or support regarding PrEP
  • Working in clinical settings who may have an opportunity to provide education or support around PrEP; and
  • Peer Workers who work with people at risk with HIV and STDs.

Prerequisite: Participants should have prior basic training on HIV and STDs.

This half-day training will prepare non-clinical health and human services providers to educate their communities about PrEP, work with clinical providers to expand access to PrEP and provide support to clients who are taking PrEP.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver culturally relevant educational messages about PrEP to clients who may benefit from this intervention;
  • Discuss the efficacy of PrEP in terms that clients can understand;
  • Refer clients to a host of NYS, NYC, national and local resources regarding PrEP including the PrEP/PEP Voluntary Provider Directory;
  • Identify resources to assist clients with reimbursement for PrEP medication, medical appointments, HIV/STD testing and other prevention tools such as condoms, sterile syringes, etc.;
  • Integrate messages about PrEP into HIV/STD testing and other prevention services offered by the organization;
  • Assist clients on PrEP with behavioral counseling and support daily adherence to the medication; and
  • Partner with local providers that prescribe PrEP to promote easy access to PrEP

Audience: Non-clinical health and human services staff who are:

  • Involved in offering HIV testing, harm reduction counseling, prevention services, community outreach or adherence support;
  • Working with individuals at high risk for HIV who have an opportunity to provide education or support regarding PrEP
  • Working in clinical settings who may have an opportunity to provide education or support around PrEP; and
  • Peer Workers who work with people at risk with HIV and STDs.

Prerequisite: Participants should have prior basic training on HIV and STDs.

Face To Face Safer Injecting and Wound Care

This one-day training will build participant knowledge and skills to work with clients around safer injection practices and complications associated with injecting. This course will provide an overview of the basic anatomy of veins and arteries; the supplies and equipment used to inject drugs; common injections practices; basic care for injection-related infections and wounds, and harm reduction strategies for working with substance users and people who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe wounds and infections commonly associated with injection drug use;
  • List the risk considerations for different injection sites (arms, hands, neck or groin) and methods;
  • Identify strategies to prevent injection related infections and injuries;
  • Describe basic wound care, and “red flags” requiring medical attention;
  • Recognize strengths of substance users that can be used to promote evidence-based practices and reduce infection and fatal incidence; and
  • Provide harm reduction counseling messages tailored to clients’ unique drug-using circumstances to more effectively engage PWIDs.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants complete the course, Harm Reduction Approach Overview (full day or webinar)  or have some experience with harm reduction services prior to attending this course.

Audience: All health and human service providers and Peer Workers 

This one-day training will build participant knowledge and skills to work with clients around safer injection practices and complications associated with injecting. This course will provide an overview of the basic anatomy of veins and arteries; the supplies and equipment used to inject drugs; common injections practices; basic care for injection-related infections and wounds, and harm reduction strategies for working with substance users and people who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe wounds and infections commonly associated with injection drug use;
  • List the risk considerations for different injection sites (arms, hands, neck or groin) and methods;
  • Identify strategies to prevent injection related infections and injuries;
  • Describe basic wound care, and “red flags” requiring medical attention;
  • Recognize strengths of substance users that can be used to promote evidence-based practices and reduce infection and fatal incidence; and
  • Provide harm reduction counseling messages tailored to clients’ unique drug-using circumstances to more effectively engage PWIDs.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants complete the course, Harm Reduction Approach Overview (full day or webinar)  or have some experience with harm reduction services prior to attending this course.

Audience: All health and human service providers and Peer Workers 

Face To Face Supporting Sexual Health Among Young MSM of Color

This one-day training will explore the social factors that impact sexual and substance use behaviors among young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Health and human services providers will examine how these factors contribute to high rates of sexual and substance use risk behaviors among HIV positive and HIV negative MSM of color.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the range of diverse identities, lifestyles and cultures of young YMSM of color;
  • Identify the social stressors and other internal and external influences experienced by young YMSM of color including stigma, discrimination and internalized homophobia and how they can create conditions that impact risk-taking behavior;
  • Describe the components of sexual health for YMSM of color that impact health and sexual behaviors;
  • Discuss the influence of social media around risk-taking behaviors and sexual health messages;
  • Identify strategies for engaging YMSM of color into sexual health services and how engagement is impacted by the principles of participation, accessibility, and equity; and
  • Practice communicating about key prevention strategies such as status disclosure, treatment adherence, strategic positioning, early identification and treatment of STIs and others.

Audience: Any health and human service provider or Peer Worker who works with young people. 

Prerequisite: Prior attendance at the NYS AIDS Institute training “Sex, Gender and HIV.”

 

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

RU + Take the Time. Take the Test. Take Charge: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9619.pdf

Your Brother’s Care: Getting Help for HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0215.pdf

This one-day training will explore the social factors that impact sexual and substance use behaviors among young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Health and human services providers will examine how these factors contribute to high rates of sexual and substance use risk behaviors among HIV positive and HIV negative MSM of color.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the range of diverse identities, lifestyles and cultures of young YMSM of color;
  • Identify the social stressors and other internal and external influences experienced by young YMSM of color including stigma, discrimination and internalized homophobia and how they can create conditions that impact risk-taking behavior;
  • Describe the components of sexual health for YMSM of color that impact health and sexual behaviors;
  • Discuss the influence of social media around risk-taking behaviors and sexual health messages;
  • Identify strategies for engaging YMSM of color into sexual health services and how engagement is impacted by the principles of participation, accessibility, and equity; and
  • Practice communicating about key prevention strategies such as status disclosure, treatment adherence, strategic positioning, early identification and treatment of STIs and others.

Audience: Any health and human service provider or Peer Worker who works with young people. 

Prerequisite: Prior attendance at the NYS AIDS Institute training “Sex, Gender and HIV.”

 

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:

RU + Take the Time. Take the Test. Take Charge: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9619.pdf

Your Brother’s Care: Getting Help for HIV (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/0215.pdf

Online Training Updating the HIV Diagnostic Testing Algorithm - Online Learning

This 15-minute online training presents the HIV diagnostic testing algorithm which was updated in 2013 as a result of improvements in HIV testing technologies.

 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. List the steps in the updated multi-test laboratory algorithm
  2. Define the different tests at each step in the updated algorithm
  3. Describe the rationale for updating the HIV diagnostic testing algorithm
  4. Correctly interpret reported results
  5. Explain the meaning of test results in a manner patients/ clients can understand

Target Audience: Health care and support service providers who discuss or offer HIV testing

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic training in HIV such as the Online Overview of HIV Infection and AIDS

This 15-minute online training presents the HIV diagnostic testing algorithm which was updated in 2013 as a result of improvements in HIV testing technologies.

 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. List the steps in the updated multi-test laboratory algorithm
  2. Define the different tests at each step in the updated algorithm
  3. Describe the rationale for updating the HIV diagnostic testing algorithm
  4. Correctly interpret reported results
  5. Explain the meaning of test results in a manner patients/ clients can understand

Target Audience: Health care and support service providers who discuss or offer HIV testing

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic training in HIV such as the Online Overview of HIV Infection and AIDS

Online Training Voices of Faith Part I: Faith Communities' Response to HIV/AIDS

These 5 brief video segments feature faith leaders from many traditions. The purpose of these videos is to share information about how faith communities are addressing HIV prevention, support and care efforts with their congregations and communities. Below is the listing of the various video segments.

 

Video #1: Rev. Dr. James Forbes pastor of Riverside Church in Manhattan provides an historical overview of the HIV epidemic, including why and how faith community leaders have responded. (5:45 min) https://vimeo.com/61182199

 

 

Video #2: Faith community leaders from many traditions explain why they have moved to address HIV/AIDS in their congregations. (4:01 min) https://vimeo.com/61182200

 

Video # 3: Greek Orthodox monk, Fr. Jonathan Cossey shares his spiritual journey which includes dealing with stigma and discrimination after learning that he is living with HIV/AIDS. (5:45 min) https://vimeo.com/61182201

 

Video #4: African American and Latino faith leaders from different traditions provide a rich discussion of how faith communities can offer HIV prevention information, establish health ministries, facilitate HIV testing and help the community face HIV/AIDS in a mature and loving manner. (17 min) https://vimeo.com/61182203

 

Video #5: Venerable T.K. Nakagati describes two principle teachings of Buddhism, wisdom, and compassion, and discusses how to put these teachings to work in addressing HIV/AIDS. (5:49min) https://vimeo.com/61182206

 

These 5 brief video segments feature faith leaders from many traditions. The purpose of these videos is to share information about how faith communities are addressing HIV prevention, support and care efforts with their congregations and communities. Below is the listing of the various video segments.

 

Video #1: Rev. Dr. James Forbes pastor of Riverside Church in Manhattan provides an historical overview of the HIV epidemic, including why and how faith community leaders have responded. (5:45 min) https://vimeo.com/61182199

 

 

Video #2: Faith community leaders from many traditions explain why they have moved to address HIV/AIDS in their congregations. (4:01 min) https://vimeo.com/61182200

 

Video # 3: Greek Orthodox monk, Fr. Jonathan Cossey shares his spiritual journey which includes dealing with stigma and discrimination after learning that he is living with HIV/AIDS. (5:45 min) https://vimeo.com/61182201

 

Video #4: African American and Latino faith leaders from different traditions provide a rich discussion of how faith communities can offer HIV prevention information, establish health ministries, facilitate HIV testing and help the community face HIV/AIDS in a mature and loving manner. (17 min) https://vimeo.com/61182203

 

Video #5: Venerable T.K. Nakagati describes two principle teachings of Buddhism, wisdom, and compassion, and discusses how to put these teachings to work in addressing HIV/AIDS. (5:49min) https://vimeo.com/61182206

 

Online Training Voices of Faith Part II: Faith Communities Response to HIV/AIDS

These 5 brief video segments are the second half in Voices of Faith, featuring faith leaders from many traditions. The purpose of these videos is to share information about how faith communities are addressing HIV prevention, support and care efforts with their congregations and communities. Below is the listing of the various video segments.

 

Video #6: Reverend Robert Perelli talks about his many years at AIDS Family Services in Buffalo and provides insight about what it takes to compassionately "stand beside" people living with HIV and their families. https://vimeo.com/61186863

 

Video #7: Rabbis discuss the importance of providing HIV prevention information to their congregations, including and interview with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Associate Rabbi at Beth Simchat Torah, NY's largest synagogue serving the Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. https://vimeo.com/61186861

 

Video #8:Three leaders in NY's Muslim community discuss how they have responded to HIV/AIDS. https://vimeo.com/61186864

 

Video #9: The Beautiful story of how AIDS Care Teams can provide compassionate and meaningful support to HIV/AIDS and their families. https://vimeo.com/61186860

 

Video #10:Faith community leaders from many traditions discuss how they find the resources they need to address HIV/AIDS prevention. https://vimeo.com/62870053

 

Video #11:Closing thoughts from several faith leaders and acknowledgement of all those who participated. https://vimeo.com/62870244

These 5 brief video segments are the second half in Voices of Faith, featuring faith leaders from many traditions. The purpose of these videos is to share information about how faith communities are addressing HIV prevention, support and care efforts with their congregations and communities. Below is the listing of the various video segments.

 

Video #6: Reverend Robert Perelli talks about his many years at AIDS Family Services in Buffalo and provides insight about what it takes to compassionately "stand beside" people living with HIV and their families. https://vimeo.com/61186863

 

Video #7: Rabbis discuss the importance of providing HIV prevention information to their congregations, including and interview with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Associate Rabbi at Beth Simchat Torah, NY's largest synagogue serving the Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. https://vimeo.com/61186861

 

Video #8:Three leaders in NY's Muslim community discuss how they have responded to HIV/AIDS. https://vimeo.com/61186864

 

Video #9: The Beautiful story of how AIDS Care Teams can provide compassionate and meaningful support to HIV/AIDS and their families. https://vimeo.com/61186860

 

Video #10:Faith community leaders from many traditions discuss how they find the resources they need to address HIV/AIDS prevention. https://vimeo.com/62870053

 

Video #11:Closing thoughts from several faith leaders and acknowledgement of all those who participated. https://vimeo.com/62870244

Online Training Webcast: Drug User Health: Caring for the Whole Person

This webcast, organized in four easy to watch segments, explores important concepts and best practices for promoting the health of people who use drugs.  The program features a nationally recognized panel of experts including: Lawrence Brown, MD, MPH, FASAM, Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment and Recovery Centers; Sharon Stancliff, MD, Medical Director at the Harm Reduction Coalition, Valerie White, Deputy Director of the AIDS Institute, Narelle Ellendon, RN, Director of Capacity Building Services at the Harm Reduction Coalition and Smara Gabree, NP and HIV Specialist at Whitney Young Health. The webcast features an important new video comprised of people who use drugs reflecting on key topics related to health and an educational video designed to teach safer injecting practices to people who use drugs.   

By the end of this webcast, participants will be able to:

 

1.      Recall trends in substance use among New York residents

2.      Define the term “drug user health” and the range of services  drug users may need

3.      Identify organizational and individual provider best practices in serving drug users

4.      Recall upcoming training opportunities available from the AIDS Institute’s Drug User Health Training Center of Expertise

 

Segment One - Reviews trends in substance use in NYS and describes what is meant by the term drug user health.  (46 minutes)
SEGMENT ONE VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/154993687

 

Segment Two - Highlights the voices of people who use drugs discussing key topics related to drug user health and the commitment of people who use drugs to maintaining their own health. (24 minutes)
SEGMENT TWO VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/153539198

 

Segment Three - Explores best practices for providing services that will engage people who use drugs.  (47 minutes)
SEGMENT THREE VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/157330201

 

Segment Four: Shares information about the AIDS Institute’s new training center of expertise addressing Drug User Health and Opioid Overdose Prevention and previews an important new video on Safer Injecting Practices. (29 minutes) 
SEGMENT FOUR VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/155023729


TOTAL VIEWING TIME: 2 hours, 26 minutes

Intended Audience: Health and human services providers who work with people who use drugs

This webcast, organized in four easy to watch segments, explores important concepts and best practices for promoting the health of people who use drugs.  The program features a nationally recognized panel of experts including: Lawrence Brown, MD, MPH, FASAM, Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment and Recovery Centers; Sharon Stancliff, MD, Medical Director at the Harm Reduction Coalition, Valerie White, Deputy Director of the AIDS Institute, Narelle Ellendon, RN, Director of Capacity Building Services at the Harm Reduction Coalition and Smara Gabree, NP and HIV Specialist at Whitney Young Health. The webcast features an important new video comprised of people who use drugs reflecting on key topics related to health and an educational video designed to teach safer injecting practices to people who use drugs.   

By the end of this webcast, participants will be able to:

 

1.      Recall trends in substance use among New York residents

2.      Define the term “drug user health” and the range of services  drug users may need

3.      Identify organizational and individual provider best practices in serving drug users

4.      Recall upcoming training opportunities available from the AIDS Institute’s Drug User Health Training Center of Expertise

 

Segment One - Reviews trends in substance use in NYS and describes what is meant by the term drug user health.  (46 minutes)
SEGMENT ONE VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/154993687

 

Segment Two - Highlights the voices of people who use drugs discussing key topics related to drug user health and the commitment of people who use drugs to maintaining their own health. (24 minutes)
SEGMENT TWO VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/153539198

 

Segment Three - Explores best practices for providing services that will engage people who use drugs.  (47 minutes)
SEGMENT THREE VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/157330201

 

Segment Four: Shares information about the AIDS Institute’s new training center of expertise addressing Drug User Health and Opioid Overdose Prevention and previews an important new video on Safer Injecting Practices. (29 minutes) 
SEGMENT FOUR VIDEO LINK (visible after registration): https://vimeo.com/155023729


TOTAL VIEWING TIME: 2 hours, 26 minutes

Intended Audience: Health and human services providers who work with people who use drugs

Online Training Webcast: Ending the AIDS Epidemic: New York's Plan

This webcast reviews the three pillars of New York's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020 and describes the critical developments in medicine, program and community partnerships which have brought us to the point where the end of the epidemic is in sight.

The archived webcast is presented in seven easy to view segments. You may view them in order or select the segment you would like view.

Part 1: Executive Summary of New York State’s Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic:

Featuring AIDS Institute Director, Dan O’Connell, this segment provides an overview of how New York’s history of success addressing HIV/AIDS has placed our state in the position of establishing a realistic, achievable plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.  9 minutes  https://vimeo.com/115345887

 

Part 2: HIV/AIDS - The History and The Future: Personal Reflections

Featuring Charles King, long time AIDS activist and Kalvin Leveille, co-chair of the Statewide AIDS Service Delivery Consortium Advisroy Group, this moving video provides a look back at the early days of the epidemic and outlines two community leaders’ perspectives on what it means to be working to end the epidemic.  11 minutes  https://vimeo.com/115346512

 

Part 3: Epidemiology

Lou Smith, MD, Director of the AIDS Institute’s Division of Epidemiology, Evaluation and Research provides an overview of the latest data regarding HIV/AIDS, including a review of the 2012 cascade of care and insights into where we must focus our prevention efforts to address trends in new infections.  12 minutes. https://vimeo.com/115347811

 

Part 4: Update on HIV Testing and Treatment

Antonio Urbina, MD, Director, Spencer Cox Center for Health describes advances in HIV treatment, updated clinical guidelines on when to initiate HIV treatment and the results of HIV Prevention Trials Network 052.  Johanne Morne, Director of the AIDS Institute’s Office of Planning and Community Affairs, provides information regarding the 2014 update to New York’s HIV testing law.  30 minutes https://vimeo.com/115348750

 

Part 5: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV

Roberto Corrales, DO, Senior Director of HIV Medicine and Research at Trillium Health, provides an overview of the efficacy of PrEP and shares his experience as a clinical provider managing patients on PrEP.  18 minutes https://vimeo.com/115349537

 

Part 6: The Role of Community Based Organizations in Ending the AIDS Epidemic

Gabby Santos, Director of Health Services at In our Own Voices, (a community based organization serving LGBT people of color in Albany), and Mara San-Antonio Gaddy, Bureau Director in the AIDS Institute’s Division of HIV, STD, Hepatitis Prevention, will review how community organizations can play a critical role in the effort to end the epidemic   Resources to assist CBOs will be shared.  30 minutes https://vimeo.com/115350057

 

Part 7: Overview of New York's Ending the Epidemic Blueprint

This narrated powerpoint provides an overview of the recommendations outlined in the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint that was developed by the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which was appointed by Governor Cuomo. The Blueprint provides a comprehensive and specfiic plan of recommendations to accomplish the goal of reducing new infections to fewer than 750 per year by 2020.  18 minutes http://www.hivtrainingny.org/Instant_Trainings/ETE_Overview_Blueprint/ETE_OverviewBlueprint.html

 

This webcast reviews the three pillars of New York's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020 and describes the critical developments in medicine, program and community partnerships which have brought us to the point where the end of the epidemic is in sight.

The archived webcast is presented in seven easy to view segments. You may view them in order or select the segment you would like view.

Part 1: Executive Summary of New York State’s Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic:

Featuring AIDS Institute Director, Dan O’Connell, this segment provides an overview of how New York’s history of success addressing HIV/AIDS has placed our state in the position of establishing a realistic, achievable plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.  9 minutes  https://vimeo.com/115345887

 

Part 2: HIV/AIDS - The History and The Future: Personal Reflections

Featuring Charles King, long time AIDS activist and Kalvin Leveille, co-chair of the Statewide AIDS Service Delivery Consortium Advisroy Group, this moving video provides a look back at the early days of the epidemic and outlines two community leaders’ perspectives on what it means to be working to end the epidemic.  11 minutes  https://vimeo.com/115346512

 

Part 3: Epidemiology

Lou Smith, MD, Director of the AIDS Institute’s Division of Epidemiology, Evaluation and Research provides an overview of the latest data regarding HIV/AIDS, including a review of the 2012 cascade of care and insights into where we must focus our prevention efforts to address trends in new infections.  12 minutes. https://vimeo.com/115347811

 

Part 4: Update on HIV Testing and Treatment

Antonio Urbina, MD, Director, Spencer Cox Center for Health describes advances in HIV treatment, updated clinical guidelines on when to initiate HIV treatment and the results of HIV Prevention Trials Network 052.  Johanne Morne, Director of the AIDS Institute’s Office of Planning and Community Affairs, provides information regarding the 2014 update to New York’s HIV testing law.  30 minutes https://vimeo.com/115348750

 

Part 5: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV

Roberto Corrales, DO, Senior Director of HIV Medicine and Research at Trillium Health, provides an overview of the efficacy of PrEP and shares his experience as a clinical provider managing patients on PrEP.  18 minutes https://vimeo.com/115349537

 

Part 6: The Role of Community Based Organizations in Ending the AIDS Epidemic

Gabby Santos, Director of Health Services at In our Own Voices, (a community based organization serving LGBT people of color in Albany), and Mara San-Antonio Gaddy, Bureau Director in the AIDS Institute’s Division of HIV, STD, Hepatitis Prevention, will review how community organizations can play a critical role in the effort to end the epidemic   Resources to assist CBOs will be shared.  30 minutes https://vimeo.com/115350057

 

Part 7: Overview of New York's Ending the Epidemic Blueprint

This narrated powerpoint provides an overview of the recommendations outlined in the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint that was developed by the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which was appointed by Governor Cuomo. The Blueprint provides a comprehensive and specfiic plan of recommendations to accomplish the goal of reducing new infections to fewer than 750 per year by 2020.  18 minutes http://www.hivtrainingny.org/Instant_Trainings/ETE_Overview_Blueprint/ETE_OverviewBlueprint.html

 

Online Training Webcast: Hepatitis C Testing: Overview of New York State Law

Hepatitis C Testing for People Born Between 1945 and 1965: Overview of New York State Law

In October of 2013, Governor Cuomo signed a public health law that requires primary care providers and certain health care settings to make a one-time offer of voluntary hepatitis C screening to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.  This law, which went into effect on January 1st, 2014, is consistent with the CDC’s “Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965.  The New York State law applies to 1) physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care, 2) primary care services delivered in the outpatient department of a hospital or freestanding diagnostic and treatment center, and 3) in-patient hospital services.

This 40-minute webcast will:

  1. Identify the clinical rationale for one-time routine voluntary screening for hepatitis C for all persons born between 1945 and 1965;
  2. Describe the key provisions of the law including settings and providers impacted by the law;
  3. Provide an overview of the new CDC hepatitis C testing algorithm;
  4. Describe health care provider responsibility for reporting cases of acute and chronic hepatitis C;
  5. Describe New York State resources for the care and treatment of persons with chronic Hepatitis C infection, and;
  6. Provide answers to frequently asked questions, including: exceptions to the law, issues related to reimbursement for testing, patient consent, and others.

Who Should View this Webcast

The intended audience for the webinar includes those health care providers and health care settings impacted by the law including:

  • Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care
  • Outpatient departments of a hospital offering primary care
  • Freestanding diagnostic and treatment centers offering primary care
  • In-patient hospital programs

Webcast Sponsored by the New York State Department of Health

Hepatitis C Testing for People Born Between 1945 and 1965: Overview of New York State Law

In October of 2013, Governor Cuomo signed a public health law that requires primary care providers and certain health care settings to make a one-time offer of voluntary hepatitis C screening to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.  This law, which went into effect on January 1st, 2014, is consistent with the CDC’s “Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965.  The New York State law applies to 1) physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care, 2) primary care services delivered in the outpatient department of a hospital or freestanding diagnostic and treatment center, and 3) in-patient hospital services.

This 40-minute webcast will:

  1. Identify the clinical rationale for one-time routine voluntary screening for hepatitis C for all persons born between 1945 and 1965;
  2. Describe the key provisions of the law including settings and providers impacted by the law;
  3. Provide an overview of the new CDC hepatitis C testing algorithm;
  4. Describe health care provider responsibility for reporting cases of acute and chronic hepatitis C;
  5. Describe New York State resources for the care and treatment of persons with chronic Hepatitis C infection, and;
  6. Provide answers to frequently asked questions, including: exceptions to the law, issues related to reimbursement for testing, patient consent, and others.

Who Should View this Webcast

The intended audience for the webinar includes those health care providers and health care settings impacted by the law including:

  • Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care
  • Outpatient departments of a hospital offering primary care
  • Freestanding diagnostic and treatment centers offering primary care
  • In-patient hospital programs

Webcast Sponsored by the New York State Department of Health

Online Training Webcast: HIV Testing Update: New Regulations and Strategies from the Field

This webcast will provide information about New York State public health law and regulations that mandate the offering of HIV testing to all patients 13 to 64 years old receiving hospital or primary care services, with some limitations.

After viewing this broadcast, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the main objectives of the amended public health law that require the offer of HIV testing to all individuals aged 13-64 in certain health care settings;
  • Review the finalized regulations based on the amended HIV Testing Public Health Law (Chapter 308);
  • Recall straight-forward strategies for implementing the regulations in three different settings: hospital, emergency department, and community health center; and
  • Review the contents of the New York State Department of Health’s “HIV Testing Tool Kit: Resources to Support Routine HIV Testing for Adults and Teens” and understand how providers can use this resource in their work setting.

Prerequisite: None

Target Audience: Staff responsible for overseeing or delivering HIV testing services in primary care settings, pediatric settings or emergency departments.  Any health or human serivces provider itnerested in understanding New York State regulations regarding HIV testing.

 

After registering (click ‘submit’) follow these directions:

1. The system will generate a completion notification page. Click on To access online training Click here

OR

A confirmation email will be sent to you once you register for the course, follow the same steps

2. This will bring you to the SUNY Public Health website, “HIV Testing Update: New Regulation & Strategies from the field” broadcasted on May 17,2012

Under ‘Useful links’ click on ‘Watch on Demand’

3. The vimeo screen will pop-up allowing access to watch the training. Click on the ‘play icon’ to view the training

 

This webcast will provide information about New York State public health law and regulations that mandate the offering of HIV testing to all patients 13 to 64 years old receiving hospital or primary care services, with some limitations.

After viewing this broadcast, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the main objectives of the amended public health law that require the offer of HIV testing to all individuals aged 13-64 in certain health care settings;
  • Review the finalized regulations based on the amended HIV Testing Public Health Law (Chapter 308);
  • Recall straight-forward strategies for implementing the regulations in three different settings: hospital, emergency department, and community health center; and
  • Review the contents of the New York State Department of Health’s “HIV Testing Tool Kit: Resources to Support Routine HIV Testing for Adults and Teens” and understand how providers can use this resource in their work setting.

Prerequisite: None

Target Audience: Staff responsible for overseeing or delivering HIV testing services in primary care settings, pediatric settings or emergency departments.  Any health or human serivces provider itnerested in understanding New York State regulations regarding HIV testing.

 

After registering (click ‘submit’) follow these directions:

1. The system will generate a completion notification page. Click on To access online training Click here

OR

A confirmation email will be sent to you once you register for the course, follow the same steps

2. This will bring you to the SUNY Public Health website, “HIV Testing Update: New Regulation & Strategies from the field” broadcasted on May 17,2012

Under ‘Useful links’ click on ‘Watch on Demand’

3. The vimeo screen will pop-up allowing access to watch the training. Click on the ‘play icon’ to view the training

 

Online Training Webcast: Implementing Rapid Screening for Hepatitis C

This one-hour webcast will assist program managers and supervisors in planning for the implementation of a Hepatitis C screening program using the new FDA approved OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test. It will review the potential benefits of HCV rapid testing in a community setting, provide a brief overview of the rapid test device and outline the key elements required in a program’s policies and procedures.

 

By the end of this webcast, participants will be to:

  • Describe the importance of increasing the number of individuals aware of their Hepatitis C (HCV) infection status;
  • Recall key features of the FDA-approved, CLIA-waived HCV rapid test device;
  • List requirements for implementing HCV rapid screening in a community-based site; and
  • Determine if they are eligible to receive free HCV rapid test kits from the NYSDOH.

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: This webinar is intended for program managers and supervisors planning to expand services to include Hepatitis C rapid screening.

**PLEASE NOTE: **Individuals intending to conduct rapid Hepatitis C screening are strongly encourages to enroll in the one-day Integrating screening for HCV and HIV in-person course.

This one-hour webcast will assist program managers and supervisors in planning for the implementation of a Hepatitis C screening program using the new FDA approved OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test. It will review the potential benefits of HCV rapid testing in a community setting, provide a brief overview of the rapid test device and outline the key elements required in a program’s policies and procedures.

 

By the end of this webcast, participants will be to:

  • Describe the importance of increasing the number of individuals aware of their Hepatitis C (HCV) infection status;
  • Recall key features of the FDA-approved, CLIA-waived HCV rapid test device;
  • List requirements for implementing HCV rapid screening in a community-based site; and
  • Determine if they are eligible to receive free HCV rapid test kits from the NYSDOH.

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: This webinar is intended for program managers and supervisors planning to expand services to include Hepatitis C rapid screening.

**PLEASE NOTE: **Individuals intending to conduct rapid Hepatitis C screening are strongly encourages to enroll in the one-day Integrating screening for HCV and HIV in-person course.

Webinar Webinar: Building Bridges to Cultural Competence

This two-hour webinar is designed to explore the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

 

As a result of training participants will be able to:

  • Define Culture and Cross Cultural Communication;
  • Describe the difference between generalizations and stereotypes;
  • Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and
  • Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

     

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: All health and human service providers.

This two-hour webinar is designed to explore the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

 

As a result of training participants will be able to:

  • Define Culture and Cross Cultural Communication;
  • Describe the difference between generalizations and stereotypes;
  • Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and
  • Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

     

Prerequisite: None

 

Audience: All health and human service providers.

Webinar Webinar: HIV Testing in NYS

This two-hour webinar will provide information about new developments in HIV testing as a result of passage of Chapter 308 of the Laws of 2010.

 

As a result of this training participants will be able to:

 

  • List the core elements of the 2010 New York State HIV Testing law (S.8227/A.11487) and their importance;
  • Understand the time line for implementation of the new law including the development of regulations by the NYSDOH;
  • Recall that HIV testing must be offered to all persons between the ages of 13 and 64 receiving hospital or primary care services with some limited exceptions;
  • Describe the simplified process for obtaining patient consent for HIV testing;
  • List the elements of HIV pre and post-test counseling with an emphasis on streamlining the process;
  • Recall the responsibility of the health care provider to arrange for follow-up medical care for all patients who test HIV positive;
  • Describe changes in HIV testing related to occupational exposure; and Explain revised disclosure practices.

     

    Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in basic HIV/AIDS.

     

    Audience: All health or human service providers who offer HIV testing as a part of their job responsibilities and other providers who require clarification on the 2010 HIV testing law.

     

    Additional Training: Participants who would like an opportunity to practice the skills associated with offering HIV testing services may choose to attend the AIDS Institute training, "HIV Testing: Skills Practice Session."

This two-hour webinar will provide information about new developments in HIV testing as a result of passage of Chapter 308 of the Laws of 2010.

 

As a result of this training participants will be able to:

 

  • List the core elements of the 2010 New York State HIV Testing law (S.8227/A.11487) and their importance;
  • Understand the time line for implementation of the new law including the development of regulations by the NYSDOH;
  • Recall that HIV testing must be offered to all persons between the ages of 13 and 64 receiving hospital or primary care services with some limited exceptions;
  • Describe the simplified process for obtaining patient consent for HIV testing;
  • List the elements of HIV pre and post-test counseling with an emphasis on streamlining the process;
  • Recall the responsibility of the health care provider to arrange for follow-up medical care for all patients who test HIV positive;
  • Describe changes in HIV testing related to occupational exposure; and Explain revised disclosure practices.

     

    Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this training, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous training in basic HIV/AIDS.

     

    Audience: All health or human service providers who offer HIV testing as a part of their job responsibilities and other providers who require clarification on the 2010 HIV testing law.

     

    Additional Training: Participants who would like an opportunity to practice the skills associated with offering HIV testing services may choose to attend the AIDS Institute training, "HIV Testing: Skills Practice Session."
Webinar Webinar: LGBT Cultural Competency

This two hour webinar is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients they serve.  This interactive training will help providers identify best practices for creating a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ clients.  It will also help participants identify communication skills needed for effective engagement of the wide range of LGBTQ clients at risk for, or living with, HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities.
  • differentiate sex, gender identity and recognize the sexual orientation as their own distinct concepts and that they exist on a continuum.
  • distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ people and how these levels are interconnected.
  • understand the concepts of unexamined privilege and its relationship with oppression.
  • reflect on and identify one’s own privileges and types of oppression in professional settings and how their privilege/oppression affects their client/provider relationship.
  • define social determinants of health
  • identify reasons why LGBTQ people are disproportionately at risk based on social determinants of health
  • recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations.
  • describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks.
  • identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff.

Prerequisite:  Additional trainings are not required to attend this course.

Target Audience:  This training is for non-clinical health and human service providers who work with LGBTQ clients or patients.

This two hour webinar is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients they serve.  This interactive training will help providers identify best practices for creating a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ clients.  It will also help participants identify communication skills needed for effective engagement of the wide range of LGBTQ clients at risk for, or living with, HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities.
  • differentiate sex, gender identity and recognize the sexual orientation as their own distinct concepts and that they exist on a continuum.
  • distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ people and how these levels are interconnected.
  • understand the concepts of unexamined privilege and its relationship with oppression.
  • reflect on and identify one’s own privileges and types of oppression in professional settings and how their privilege/oppression affects their client/provider relationship.
  • define social determinants of health
  • identify reasons why LGBTQ people are disproportionately at risk based on social determinants of health
  • recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations.
  • describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks.
  • identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff.

Prerequisite:  Additional trainings are not required to attend this course.

Target Audience:  This training is for non-clinical health and human service providers who work with LGBTQ clients or patients.

Webinar Webinar: Overview of STIs

This two-hour webinar is designed to help non-clinical health and human service providers gain a basic understanding of common STIs to support their HIV/STI/VH prevention work. The training will review the similarities and differences in transmission, screening & testing, treatment, complications and prevention.  

Objectives - By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Describe STI morbidity in New York State
2. Describe the transmission, symptoms & complications of common STIs
3. Describe the inter-relationship of HIV & other STDs

Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this training.  This training is intended for individuals who have not had prior training in STIs (or desire a review).

Audience:  This course is appropriate for non-clinical staff of health and human service provider organizations.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:
Diseases That Can Be Spread During Sex (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3805.pdf
STD and HIV Facts (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9111.pdf
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (NYSDOH web page) https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/std

This two-hour webinar is designed to help non-clinical health and human service providers gain a basic understanding of common STIs to support their HIV/STI/VH prevention work. The training will review the similarities and differences in transmission, screening & testing, treatment, complications and prevention.  

Objectives - By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Describe STI morbidity in New York State
2. Describe the transmission, symptoms & complications of common STIs
3. Describe the inter-relationship of HIV & other STDs

Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this training.  This training is intended for individuals who have not had prior training in STIs (or desire a review).

Audience:  This course is appropriate for non-clinical staff of health and human service provider organizations.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:
Diseases That Can Be Spread During Sex (booklet): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3805.pdf
STD and HIV Facts (brochure): https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9111.pdf
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (NYSDOH web page) https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/std

Webinar Webinar: Promoting Primary Care & Treatment Adherence in PLWHA

Webinar: Promoting Primary Care & Treatment Adherence in PLWHA

This 2-hour webinar will focus on an important component of Governor Cuomo's plan to end AIDS in NY State by 2020:  "Linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV to health care and getting them on anti-HIV therapy to maximize HIV virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission..."

We will explore the latest evidence showing that Early Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) has two clear and strong benefits for PLWAs:  1.) health benefits by preserving immune functioning and reducing chronic inflammation; and 2.) reduction in the risk of transmission by achieving an undetectable viral load. But in order to get these benefits PLWHAs must enter into and stay engaged in HIV Primary Care.  We will focus on communicating how HIV impairs the immune system and causes disease, how treatment works, how HIV Primary Care combines regular primary care with HIV-specific care, how early ART improves health and reduces the risk of HIV transmission, and how to enhance our clients’ efforts to adhere to ART using a particular adherence tool.
 

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand that the goal of HIV primary care is the achievement of undetectable viral loads in PLWHAs
  • Communicate the benefits of being engaged in HIV care and starting Anti-Retroviral Treatment as soon as possible
  • Describe the course of untreated vs. treated HIV disease
  • Review Most Recent Guidellines on Monitoring CD4 counts and Viral Load
  • Describe components of primary care of PLAWH
  • Explore specific tools/strategies for promoting adherence to ART

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers who work directly with people living with HIV including: case managers, counselors, nurses, support services providers, and others.

Webinar: Promoting Primary Care & Treatment Adherence in PLWHA

This 2-hour webinar will focus on an important component of Governor Cuomo's plan to end AIDS in NY State by 2020:  "Linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV to health care and getting them on anti-HIV therapy to maximize HIV virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission..."

We will explore the latest evidence showing that Early Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) has two clear and strong benefits for PLWAs:  1.) health benefits by preserving immune functioning and reducing chronic inflammation; and 2.) reduction in the risk of transmission by achieving an undetectable viral load. But in order to get these benefits PLWHAs must enter into and stay engaged in HIV Primary Care.  We will focus on communicating how HIV impairs the immune system and causes disease, how treatment works, how HIV Primary Care combines regular primary care with HIV-specific care, how early ART improves health and reduces the risk of HIV transmission, and how to enhance our clients’ efforts to adhere to ART using a particular adherence tool.
 

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand that the goal of HIV primary care is the achievement of undetectable viral loads in PLWHAs
  • Communicate the benefits of being engaged in HIV care and starting Anti-Retroviral Treatment as soon as possible
  • Describe the course of untreated vs. treated HIV disease
  • Review Most Recent Guidellines on Monitoring CD4 counts and Viral Load
  • Describe components of primary care of PLAWH
  • Explore specific tools/strategies for promoting adherence to ART

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers who work directly with people living with HIV including: case managers, counselors, nurses, support services providers, and others.

Webinar Webinar: Role of Non-clinicians in Promoting PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is an important addition to the HIV prevention toolbox, especially for individuals at highest risk of acquiring HIV. This 2-hour webinar will prepare non-clinical health and human services providers to educate their communities about PrEP, work with clinical providers to expand access to PrEP and provide support to clients who are taking PrEP.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver culturally relevant educational messages about PrEP to clients who may benefit from this intervention;
  • Discuss the efficacy of PrEP in terms that clients can understand;
  • Refer clients to a host of NYS, NYC, national and local resources regarding PrEP including the PrEP/PEP Voluntary Provider Directory;
  • Identify resources to assist clients with reimbursement for PrEP medication, medical appointments, HIV/STD testing and other prevention tools such as condoms, sterile syringes, etc.;
  • Integrate messages about PrEP into HIV/STD testing and other prevention services offered by the organization;
  • Assist clients on PrEP with behavioral counseling and support daily adherence to the medication;

Partner with local providers that prescribe PrEP to promote easy access to PrEP

Target Audience

The principle target audience is non-clinical health and human services staff who:

  • are involved in offering HIV testing, harm reduction counseling, prevention services, community outreach or adherence support
  • work with individuals at high risk for HIV who have an opportunity to provide education or support regarding PrEP
  • who work in clinical settings who may have an opportunity to provide education or support around PrEP
  • Peer Workers who work with people at risk with HIV and STDs

Prerequisite:

Participants should have prior basic training on HIV and STDs.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is an important addition to the HIV prevention toolbox, especially for individuals at highest risk of acquiring HIV. This 2-hour webinar will prepare non-clinical health and human services providers to educate their communities about PrEP, work with clinical providers to expand access to PrEP and provide support to clients who are taking PrEP.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver culturally relevant educational messages about PrEP to clients who may benefit from this intervention;
  • Discuss the efficacy of PrEP in terms that clients can understand;
  • Refer clients to a host of NYS, NYC, national and local resources regarding PrEP including the PrEP/PEP Voluntary Provider Directory;
  • Identify resources to assist clients with reimbursement for PrEP medication, medical appointments, HIV/STD testing and other prevention tools such as condoms, sterile syringes, etc.;
  • Integrate messages about PrEP into HIV/STD testing and other prevention services offered by the organization;
  • Assist clients on PrEP with behavioral counseling and support daily adherence to the medication;

Partner with local providers that prescribe PrEP to promote easy access to PrEP

Target Audience

The principle target audience is non-clinical health and human services staff who:

  • are involved in offering HIV testing, harm reduction counseling, prevention services, community outreach or adherence support
  • work with individuals at high risk for HIV who have an opportunity to provide education or support regarding PrEP
  • who work in clinical settings who may have an opportunity to provide education or support around PrEP
  • Peer Workers who work with people at risk with HIV and STDs

Prerequisite:

Participants should have prior basic training on HIV and STDs.

Webinar Webinar: Syphilis for Non-Clinicians

This two-hour webinar is designed to help non-clinical health and human service providers gain a basic understanding of syphilis to support their HIV/STI/VH prevention work. The training will review the epidemiology, transmission, screening & testing, treatment, complications, and prevention. 

 

Objectives - By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Describe syphilis morbidity in New York State
2. Describe the transmission, symptoms & complications of syphilis
3. Describe the key syphilis prevention messages 

Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this training.  This training is intended for individuals who have not had prior training in syphilis (or desire a review).

Audience:  This course is appropriate for non-clinical staff of health and human service provider organizations.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:  NYSDoH Syphilis Fact Sheet for Non-Clinical Providers;   NYSDoH, September 3, 2015 - Syphilis Website Alert Language

This two-hour webinar is designed to help non-clinical health and human service providers gain a basic understanding of syphilis to support their HIV/STI/VH prevention work. The training will review the epidemiology, transmission, screening & testing, treatment, complications, and prevention. 

 

Objectives - By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Describe syphilis morbidity in New York State
2. Describe the transmission, symptoms & complications of syphilis
3. Describe the key syphilis prevention messages 

Prerequisite:  There is no prerequisite for this training.  This training is intended for individuals who have not had prior training in syphilis (or desire a review).

Audience:  This course is appropriate for non-clinical staff of health and human service provider organizations.

Related Consumer Educational Materials:  NYSDoH Syphilis Fact Sheet for Non-Clinical Providers;   NYSDoH, September 3, 2015 - Syphilis Website Alert Language

Face To Face Working with Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

This one-day training will provide an overview of the NY State epidemiological trends of HIV in older adults, an overview of sexual activity, social isolation, mental health and substance use issues and the impact of co-morbid conditions among those aging with HIV. This information will then be related to the HIV prevention, treatment and care needs of older adults living with and at risk for HIV.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall NY State epidemiology in adults over 50;
  • State the most prevalent co-occurring illness and co-morbid conditions among older adults living with HIV;
  • Describe ways to address Sex and Prevention Burnout Among Older Adults with HIV;
  • Identify strategies that providers can use to address treatment and care issues for adults 50 and over living with HIV;
  • Identify social isolation, mental health and substance use issues, that affect older adults living with HIV; and
  • Offer strategies that address mental health, substance use, sexual risk, social isolation within this population.

 

Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers who work with clients/ patients with HIV including case managers, home care managers and coordinators, social workers, client services staff and others.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly suggested that participants have previous training in basic HIV and have taken the following AIDS Institute training: "Overview of HIV Infection and AIDS” (training offered at www.hivtrainingny.org).

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Materials:

Older, Wiser, More Responsible: HIV and Older Adults: Staying Healthy with HIV (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9113.pdf

Sex Never Gets Old (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9102.pdf

This one-day training will provide an overview of the NY State epidemiological trends of HIV in older adults, an overview of sexual activity, social isolation, mental health and substance use issues and the impact of co-morbid conditions among those aging with HIV. This information will then be related to the HIV prevention, treatment and care needs of older adults living with and at risk for HIV.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall NY State epidemiology in adults over 50;
  • State the most prevalent co-occurring illness and co-morbid conditions among older adults living with HIV;
  • Describe ways to address Sex and Prevention Burnout Among Older Adults with HIV;
  • Identify strategies that providers can use to address treatment and care issues for adults 50 and over living with HIV;
  • Identify social isolation, mental health and substance use issues, that affect older adults living with HIV; and
  • Offer strategies that address mental health, substance use, sexual risk, social isolation within this population.

 

Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers who work with clients/ patients with HIV including case managers, home care managers and coordinators, social workers, client services staff and others.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly suggested that participants have previous training in basic HIV and have taken the following AIDS Institute training: "Overview of HIV Infection and AIDS” (training offered at www.hivtrainingny.org).

Continuing Education Credits:

This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

Related Consumer Materials:

Older, Wiser, More Responsible: HIV and Older Adults: Staying Healthy with HIV (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9113.pdf

Sex Never Gets Old (booklet):
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/9102.pdf

Online Training Adolescents: HIV Treatment Issues and Considerations - Archive

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in December 2013 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: Barry S. Zingman, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, AIDS Center


The New Developments in Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in December 2013 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: Barry S. Zingman, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, AIDS Center


The New Developments in Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

Online Training AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification - Process, Requirements & Starting Your Application - Archive

This one and a half hour webinar will review the requirements for AIDS Institute certification of Peer Workers and provide a step-by step walk through of the process for submitting an application for certification.

By the end of this webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. State at least three benefits of Peer Certification
  2. State the three tracks for AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification (HIV, HCV, Harm Reduction) and who is eligible to apply for certification
  3. Recall the purpose of foundational training for Peer Workers and the option of completing a personal statement in lieu of foundational training
  4. Identify the core and specialized training requirements for AIDS Institute Peer Worker certification
  5. Recall the requirement for signing and uploading the required Code Of Ethics attestation
  6. Recall the requirement for completing a practicum or work experience and uploading a satisfactory supervisor evaluation
  7. Recall the requirement for passing a knowledge test and state basic features of the testing process
  8. Navigate the on-line application system to begin the process of submitting an application for certification

Intended Audience:

Peer workers interested in pursuing AIDS Institute certification, supervisors of Peer Workers, and interested others.

 

This one and a half hour webinar will review the requirements for AIDS Institute certification of Peer Workers and provide a step-by step walk through of the process for submitting an application for certification.

By the end of this webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. State at least three benefits of Peer Certification
  2. State the three tracks for AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification (HIV, HCV, Harm Reduction) and who is eligible to apply for certification
  3. Recall the purpose of foundational training for Peer Workers and the option of completing a personal statement in lieu of foundational training
  4. Identify the core and specialized training requirements for AIDS Institute Peer Worker certification
  5. Recall the requirement for signing and uploading the required Code Of Ethics attestation
  6. Recall the requirement for completing a practicum or work experience and uploading a satisfactory supervisor evaluation
  7. Recall the requirement for passing a knowledge test and state basic features of the testing process
  8. Navigate the on-line application system to begin the process of submitting an application for certification

Intended Audience:

Peer workers interested in pursuing AIDS Institute certification, supervisors of Peer Workers, and interested others.

 
Online Training Care for the HIV Positive Transgender Client - Archive

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in February 2014 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: L. Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray, MD, AAHIVS, Chief Medical Officer, Harlem United

The New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in February 2014 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: L. Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray, MD, AAHIVS, Chief Medical Officer, Harlem United

The New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

Online Training Ending the Epidemic and Older Adults - Archive

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Specific topics to be addressed during this webinar will include:

  • What are the ETE recommendations related to older people?
  • How can we improve, testing, prevention and linkage for care services for older adults?

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Specific topics to be addressed during this webinar will include:

  • What are the ETE recommendations related to older people?
  • How can we improve, testing, prevention and linkage for care services for older adults?
Online Training Ending the Epidemic and the Criminal Justice System - Archive

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.

This goals of this webinar series are to:

1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.

This session will explore the following questions:

  • What are the ETE recommendations for the Criminal Justice System?
  • How can we improve testing, prevention and linkage to care for people who interact with the criminal justice system?

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.

This goals of this webinar series are to:

1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.

This session will explore the following questions:

  • What are the ETE recommendations for the Criminal Justice System?
  • How can we improve testing, prevention and linkage to care for people who interact with the criminal justice system?
Online Training Ending the Epidemic: Achieving & Sustaining Viral Suppression Among Women - Archive

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Specific topics to be addressed during this webinar include:

  • What are the unique clinical and counseling considerations for women?
  • What steps do clinical settings need to take to be prepared?
  • How can we ensure that women who can benefit from PrEP and PEP learn about these interventions?

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Specific topics to be addressed during this webinar include:

  • What are the unique clinical and counseling considerations for women?
  • What steps do clinical settings need to take to be prepared?
  • How can we ensure that women who can benefit from PrEP and PEP learn about these interventions?
Online Training Ending the Epidemic: Vocational Opportunities for People Living with HIV - Archive

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Topics to be addressed during this webinar include: 

• Why is creating employment opportunities considered an important part of the plan to end the epidemic?
• What programs exist to help people with HIV transition to work?
• How might employment impact health, housing and other benefits?

The AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to engage a wide range of health and human services providers and consumers in discussing how they can take action in their communities to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2015 Blueprint For Achieving the Goals Set Forth by Governor Cuomo to End the Epidemic in New York State by the end of 2020.
 
This goals of this webinar series are to:
1. Engage stakeholders in discussions about their role in implementing the Blueprint.
2. Bring attention to recommendations in the plan related to specific vulnerable populations.
3. Share innovative strategies for HIV prevention, testing and linkage/retention in care.
 

Topics to be addressed during this webinar include: 

• Why is creating employment opportunities considered an important part of the plan to end the epidemic?
• What programs exist to help people with HIV transition to work?
• How might employment impact health, housing and other benefits?

Online Training Integrating Certified Peer Workers into Health Care Service Delivery for Program Directors and Supervisors - Archive

This 90-minute webinar will review the important role that program directors and supervisors should play in the development and implementation of peer-delivered services with a focus on policies and procedures for hiring and supervising peer workers.  Topics to be reviewed include integration of peers into multidisciplinary teams, best practices for supervising and coaching peer workers and strategies to support the development of Peer Worker skills and competencies.

 

Objectives:

 

By the end of this webinar, program directors and supervisors will be able to:

 

  • Review Peer Worker contributions and effectiveness in improving patient health outcomes
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker areas of work, core competencies  and identify the unique role of Peer Workers on the care team
  • Identify important roles for program directors and supervisors during the Peer Worker practicum which is required for certification and in managing Certified Peer Workers
  • Examine the transition period from practicum to employed Certified Peer Worker.

 

Target Audience:  Program Directors and Supervisors

This 90-minute webinar will review the important role that program directors and supervisors should play in the development and implementation of peer-delivered services with a focus on policies and procedures for hiring and supervising peer workers.  Topics to be reviewed include integration of peers into multidisciplinary teams, best practices for supervising and coaching peer workers and strategies to support the development of Peer Worker skills and competencies.

 

Objectives:

 

By the end of this webinar, program directors and supervisors will be able to:

 

  • Review Peer Worker contributions and effectiveness in improving patient health outcomes
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute Peer Worker areas of work, core competencies  and identify the unique role of Peer Workers on the care team
  • Identify important roles for program directors and supervisors during the Peer Worker practicum which is required for certification and in managing Certified Peer Workers
  • Examine the transition period from practicum to employed Certified Peer Worker.

 

Target Audience:  Program Directors and Supervisors

Online Training Older Adults & Sexual Health Guide - Archive

Older Adults and Sexual Health Guide

This 1 hour PRE-RECORDED webinar will introduce participants to "Older Adults and Sexual Health:  A Guide for Aging Services Providers", which  was developed by ACRIA with support from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute and in collaboration with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA).  The guide is intended as a supportive resource for the New York State aging services and HIV services networks to promote sexual health as a part of healthy aging and to provide context around healthy aging and sex.   This guide may encourage providers to create opportunities for older adults to learn about sexual health, similar to nutrition and exercise; to promote wellness; and to prevent disease. 

Older Adults and Sexual Health Guide

This 1 hour PRE-RECORDED webinar will introduce participants to "Older Adults and Sexual Health:  A Guide for Aging Services Providers", which  was developed by ACRIA with support from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute and in collaboration with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA).  The guide is intended as a supportive resource for the New York State aging services and HIV services networks to promote sexual health as a part of healthy aging and to provide context around healthy aging and sex.   This guide may encourage providers to create opportunities for older adults to learn about sexual health, similar to nutrition and exercise; to promote wellness; and to prevent disease. 

Online Training Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidance - Archive

This one-hour archived webinar is from the second edition of the series: 2014 New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

This series will explore the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients.

Each monthly webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH Aids Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

May 2014 Topic: PrEP Guidance
Guest Presenter:
Demetre C Daskalakis, MD
Medical Director of Ambulatory HIV Services at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program-Downtown

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

 

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

This one-hour archived webinar is from the second edition of the series: 2014 New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

This series will explore the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients.

Each monthly webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH Aids Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

May 2014 Topic: PrEP Guidance
Guest Presenter:
Demetre C Daskalakis, MD
Medical Director of Ambulatory HIV Services at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program-Downtown

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

 

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

Online Training Using Health Literacy Strategies to Improve Patient Materials - Archive

Course Description: The use of written materials is an important component of effective patient education. Although the average adult in the United States reads at an eighth-grade level, most patient materials, including educational materials, registration forms, informed consent forms, or patient letters are written on a high-school or college reading level.  This 2 hour webinar will teach participants about what constitutes a health literate material and will build skills that enable participants to identify and create health literate patient materials. At completion of this webinar, participants will be able to assess and re-design their organization’s health materials.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• List the elements that constitute a health literate material
• Develop skills to analyze and assess various health materials
• Learn about the role of meta-messages in health materials
• Identify available material evaluation tools and resources
 

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this training.  

Target Audience:  This webinar is intended for staff who prepare written materials such as brochures, patient communications, etc.

Course Description: The use of written materials is an important component of effective patient education. Although the average adult in the United States reads at an eighth-grade level, most patient materials, including educational materials, registration forms, informed consent forms, or patient letters are written on a high-school or college reading level.  This 2 hour webinar will teach participants about what constitutes a health literate material and will build skills that enable participants to identify and create health literate patient materials. At completion of this webinar, participants will be able to assess and re-design their organization’s health materials.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
• List the elements that constitute a health literate material
• Develop skills to analyze and assess various health materials
• Learn about the role of meta-messages in health materials
• Identify available material evaluation tools and resources
 

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this training.  

Target Audience:  This webinar is intended for staff who prepare written materials such as brochures, patient communications, etc.

Online Training What’s the Scoop on Fentanyl? - Archive

This pre-recorded webinar will discuss Fentanyl as a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication that has been associated with the recent surge in opioid related overdose deaths. This 2-hour webinar will provide an overview of fentanyl as a medication and as a contaminant in the illicit drug supply. The role of fentanyl in the current wave of overdose deaths, how to recognize a fentanyl related overdose and harm reduction responses will be discussed.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  •         Recall trends in fentanyl-related drug user deaths;
  •         Describe the pharmacology of fentanyl and its analogs;
  •         Discuss fentanyl from the perspective of drug users;
  •         Explain how to recognize and respond to a fentanyl related overdose; and
  •         Identify harm reduction practices that drug users can follow to protect themselves against overdose.

This pre-recorded webinar will discuss Fentanyl as a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication that has been associated with the recent surge in opioid related overdose deaths. This 2-hour webinar will provide an overview of fentanyl as a medication and as a contaminant in the illicit drug supply. The role of fentanyl in the current wave of overdose deaths, how to recognize a fentanyl related overdose and harm reduction responses will be discussed.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  •         Recall trends in fentanyl-related drug user deaths;
  •         Describe the pharmacology of fentanyl and its analogs;
  •         Discuss fentanyl from the perspective of drug users;
  •         Explain how to recognize and respond to a fentanyl related overdose; and
  •         Identify harm reduction practices that drug users can follow to protect themselves against overdose.
Online Training When to Initiate Antiretroviral Therapy - Archive

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in December 2013 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: Jeffrey M. Birnbaum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
             Executive Director, HEAT Program/FACES Network, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.

This one-hour archived webinar which originally aired in December 2013 is from the webinar series: New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines: What Non-Clinicians Should Know to Improve Patient Care and Coordination.

Guest Presenter: Jeffrey M. Birnbaum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
             Executive Director, HEAT Program/FACES Network, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The New Developments in HIV Clinical Guidelines series explores the latest HIV clinical guidelines with an emphasis on the specific knowledge that non-clinical providers should have, and the actions they can undertake, to support positive health outcomes for clients. Each webinar features an engaging discussion with a leading physician who served on the NYS DOH AI Clinical Guidelines Committee that developed the clinical guideline.

 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the specific guideline and information that non-clinical providers should know to help improve daily work, and
  • Identify the actions that a provider can undertake to support their clients’ positive health outcomes.

Target Audience: Non-physician health and human services providers including case managers, care managers, patient navigators, outreach workers, and others.