Four Target Cities Chosen To Receive Hands-On Treatment Education Technical Assistance In 1996
May 2, 1996
Currently grassroots organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS have little to no access to treatment education materials. The Research and Treatment Advocacy Department of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) seeks to remedy this situation by facilitating the dissemination of HIV/AIDS treatment education information. NMAC has recently implemented a hands-on training program to address treatment education needs and has identified four target cities in which to conduct this programming in 996. The four cities are Houston, Albuquerque, Oakland and Newark. The Regional Treatment Education Technical Assistance Project's aim is to provide community representatives with technical assistance in the area of treatment education, which for the most part has largely been ignored.
NMAC will conduct a treatment education needs assessment survey in the target cities and provide one-day technical assistance seminars in those cities. A detailed analysis of the surveys will establish the steps NMAC will take toward providing these areas with appropriate treatment education technical assistance.
The one-day seminars will provide an overview of the need for HIV/AIDS treatment education in minority communities, teach methods of gaining access to the latest in HIV/AIDS treatment information, highlight techniques for bringing information to clients and discuss issues that arise in the day-tin-day operations of HIV/AIDS treatment education programs. Curriculum for the regional seminars will be based on the HIV/AIDS Treatment Education Manual produced by NMAC in 1995. Invited paticipants for the seminars include, representatives from local community -based organizations, medical professionals and people with HIV/AIDS.
To date, the program has been implemented in two test sites: Washington, DC and New York City. The one-day seminars proved that technical assistance are in great demand and community representatives are extremely responsive to the treatment education curriculum.
The program will continue in 1997 with additional cities to be announced. For more information, please contact Richard Ehara at 202-483-6622..
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