Northeast / Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center
The Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health HIV Center is home to a multi-site training program, the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). In 2015, the AETC expanded both in scope and territory and serves USDHHS Region II (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) under the leadership of Daria Boccher-Lattimore, DrPH and Francine Cournos, MD. As part of a national network of 8 regional and 2 national centers, the Northeast/Caribbean AETC conducts targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs and capacity building assistance for healthcare providers and systems treating persons living with HIV/AIDS. The AETC facilitates the translation of the latest clinical and behavioral research and evidence informed interventions into practice. Its training approach includes building individual provider knowledge and skills, working with individual clinics for practice transformation initiatives, and integrating HIV into the curricula and rotations of health profession schools with an interprofessional education perspective. The overall goal is to build the capacity to provide accessible, high quality treatment and service that addresses HIV and its comorbidities and improves outcomes along the HIV Continuum of Care. The importance of a well-educated and supported health care workforce is essential to Ending the HIV Epidemic plans nationally and locally.